Circular economy

Zero Waste in Office Buildings

How can the overall waste production in office buildings be reduced?

What incentives and creative solutions can be offered to engage people and change their mind-set in terms of saving resources and changing their consumer behavior and lifestyle?
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Challenge description

Measures to improve sustainability and human wellbeing often go hand-in-hand. For our buildings we source materials in closed loops , we are using recycled or easily recyclable materials when and wherever possible according to the prinicples of the circular economy. We do not leave a project behind once built, but use technology to monitor the building and provide insights during its whole lifecycle.

We aim to take a big leap forwards and focus on specifically these activities:

How can we proactively affect behavior of building owners, operators and users and at the same time offer useful and simple alternatives to still fulfill any needs and requirements?

In this challenge you need to put yourself in the place of a leader who can influence office behavior with incentives and sustainability programs. You can also look at it from typical office user perspective, think about different tasks and responsibilities and think within their daily routines. Getting to work, grabbing coffee on the way or at the office, attending meetings, working, printing documents, eating breakfast / lunch in a restaurant or from catering, receiving packages, using paper towels in the bathrooms, etc. All those things have a substantial impact on our waste production and this is a challenge we seek to solve.

Challenge vision

In Berlin authorities use 250 million paper towels a year and 170 million disposable coffee cups are being sold each year. Each employee in Germany prints the amount of half a tree every year and the average person receives 24 cardboard boxes a year from online purchases. An insane amount of 290 Million (!) cardboard boxes are being returned to the sender. Think about all the other resources that are being produced to be thrown away.

EDGE and especially building operations business is looking for insights on topics, such as: Food + Beverage, Hospitality, Event and Facility Management, Cleaning, Waste Management, Mail Services, etc.

We would like to create a prominent example of a sustainable building, but also a sustainable operations model that will serve with insights to other projects. The resulting “sustainable operations program” could be communicated and transferred to the city institutions and other companies. So beyond what EDGE is already carrying out and aiming for, what other tools or ideas can be generated to push this topic, raise awareness and “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle”?

Can you think of any innovative concepts for our office buildings that might, in the best case, generate profit and strongly focus on one of our topics “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”?

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