Earth Day to Wellness Day: The Link between Sustainability and Wellness

Posted on Apr 22, 2016 by Sustainability

One of the triple bottom-line benefits of sustainability is enhancing the health and well-being of people. Miron’s corporate culture is focused on the philosophy that people are a product of their environment, and thereby believes that through INNOVATION, we can bring our clients DREAMS to life by creating SUSTAINABLE building SOLUTIONS in which people (their health and well-being) should be placed at the center of design and construction.

In celebrating the undeniable connection between sustainability and wellness, Miron is hosting weekly employee and community educational events and activities starting with Earth Week April 18-22 and concluding with Employee Wellness Day on Friday, May 20.

To kick off the events, Miron is offering a free electronics recycling program for employees during Earth Week. Miron employees are encouraged to bring in their unwanted electronic equipment that will be recycled in a certified, responsible manner. This is just one small way in which we are able to minimize our environmental footprint.

On Earth Day, Theresa Lehman, director of sustainable services, will present to the students of Fox River Academy on the importance of Building Green and discuss how buildings can impact the mental and physical health of people.

Miron will also host the AIA Northeast Wisconsin-sponsored NWTC Architectural Program’s Trash to Treasures competition. During this event, students in the NWTC Architectural Technology Program will display their projects created from repurposed materials for AIA members and Miron employees to evaluate. AIA will present students with awards in the following categories: most sustainable, most creative use of materials, and most likely to be in an architect’s office, and a “Best of Show” award will be presented for the best overall project. Miron will present students with a “Contractor’s Choice” award.

In addition, Miron will have an employee luncheon featuring a presentation on “The Future of Sustainability” that will focus on evidence-based sustainable design and construction of the Lake Mills Elementary School in which health and test scores were benchmarked and measured, proving Miron’s philosophy that people are a product of their environment. The presentation will also introduce the WELL Building Standard and how it complements the LEED green building standard, emphasizing how sustainable building features impact human health and well-being. Following the presentation, Miron offices will participate in a neighborhood clean-up effort to enhance the health of their local communities.

During the coming weeks, employees will be able to take advantage of a three-part lunch ‘n learn series, further connecting the concepts of sustainability and wellness. The series will again demonstrate that people are a product of their environment, from the foods we eat and what we drink, to the air we breathe and the products we put on our skin.

The series, entitled “You are a Product of Your Environment,” will include the importance of nutrition and clean eating, skin care and skin health, and the importance of healthy indoor environments.

The series of lunch ‘n learns will lead up to Employee Wellness Day on Friday, May 20, when Miron will host a wellness fair featuring a variety of local health and wellness service providers ranging from physical therapists, massage therapists, and dermatologists to fitness coaches and health insurance professionals to essential oils and nutrition vendors. It will even feature Miron’s “Stress Less, Garden More” employee gardening program! This event will culminate with a nutritious and healthy employee wellness lunch ‘n learn that will bring Miron employees up to speed on the company’s wellness initiatives.

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