Gracefully statuesque with muscular shoulders and a long, arching neck, giraffes roam the African savanna, grazing from the treetops. Their legs are often longer than 6 feet, and they can reach speeds of 35 miles per hour for short distances. These tall creatures with goofy faces, long purple tongues, and an array of individual spotting patterns flaunt two horns alongside their ears that mimics a crown.


While determining criteria for a sustainable building is a relatively new development, the first definition of sustainable development that was internationally recognized occurred in 1987 in the publication of the Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: “Our Common Future.”

According to the report, sustainable development is considered development that not only meets the present needs of society but also does not compromise the needs of future generations.


While modeling a green mindset is crucial for the overall company, it’s just as important — if not more important — for your company’s employees to be invested in the green initiative. This means creating a company culture that prioritizes being environmentally friendly by exercising mindfulness, new habits, and more.