Two central pillars of GreenSpace+ are the ways we create a positive experience for people in our buildings and enhance biodiversity in the ecosystems that surround them.
"I’m proud of what we achieved at Mülheim Logistics Center. Not only is it a more pleasurable place to work and inhabit — it’s also been transformed from a grey area into a living oasis in the city. A healthy ecosystem is almost always a nicer place to enjoy your break from work.” — Tina Knopf, consulting ecologist
The story of Mülheim Logistics Centre demonstrates just how interdependent these sustainability strategies are — and how even the most mature facility can be pulled into the 21st century.
Reducing energy consumption, reusing materials and offsetting emissions is crucial. However, when it comes to sustainability, we believe there’s so much more to consider. It’s also about establishing healthy and biodiverse ecosystems, and creating human-friendly environments where people feel safe and good to work. At Goodman, we see these efforts as completely intertwined. Whether it’s for the employees who work inside our buildings, the animals and greenery in landscapes that surround them, or the crucial micro-life in soils they stand on top of — we’re committed to improving conditions for all of our stakeholders.
Many of our properties were designed and built over a decade ago, before sustainability was a crucial concern. Rather than tearing down and rebuilding them — with all of the additional energy and resources that would consume — we see it as our responsibility to modernise our mature properties to ensure they’re fit for people and the planet in the 21st century. That’s why we’re undertaking a nationwide effort to update the design and experience of our German facilities to become more sustainable, biodiverse and wellbeing-enhancing. We do this not because of any specific regulations or requirements. We just think it’s the right thing to do. As one of our pilot Wellbeing and Biodiversity projects, we believe that Mülheim Logistics Facility is a perfect example of our approach to bringing our facilities into the future.
When approaching these modernisation projects, our first step is always to consult and collaborate with specialists in the fields of ecology, landscaping or human-centered design. They’re expertise ensures that the result is not a patchwork of unconnected elements, but rather a comprehensive, mutually-beneficial package of features that enhance wellbeing and biodiversity. In the case of Mülheim Logistics Facility, we worked with an ecologist to design and plant a vibrant landscape of wildflower meadows, perennial trees, wild herbs and much more. In addition to addressing the biodiversity crisis, this greenery also goes a long way to provide a human-friendly workplace, which is why we’ve also included a network of eating, socialising and smoking areas amongst the gardens. Finally, we’ve also taken efforts to support greener mobility, with new bicycle shelters, lanes and EV charging stations installed across the property.