CRE N Illinois

Healthy Earth, healthy buildings, healthy people: Hot topics at CREW Chicago luncheon

| Tammy Kelly | Senior Vice President, Redwood Capital Group, LLC

The May CREW Chicago luncheon was held at The East Bank Club. The May CREW Chicago luncheon was held at The East Bank Club.
(From left to right): Krista Nestor, Solomon Cordwell Buenz; Laura Baxt, Kelso-Burnett; Brenna Bricker, Partners by Design and Shelby St. Cin, Low Voltage Solutions. (From left to right): Krista Nestor, Solomon Cordwell Buenz; Laura Baxt, Kelso-Burnett; Brenna Bricker, Partners by Design and Shelby St. Cin, Low Voltage Solutions.
(From left to right): Amy Blumenthal, Gould & Ratner LLP and CREW president and Helen J. Kessler, HJ Kessler Associates, Inc. (From left to right): Amy Blumenthal, Gould & Ratner LLP and CREW president and Helen J. Kessler, HJ Kessler Associates, Inc.
(From left to right): Kathleen Swien, Pedersen & Houpt; Jeri Moore, American Red Cross and Michelle Nanni, Hines. (From left to right): Kathleen Swien, Pedersen & Houpt; Jeri Moore, American Red Cross and Michelle Nanni, Hines.
(From left to right): Helen Kessler, HJ Kessler Associates, Inc.; Mary Basel Christopher, Haworth, Inc.; Evan Caprile, Pepper Construction and Keara Fanning, JLL. (From left to right): Helen Kessler, HJ Kessler Associates, Inc.; Mary Basel Christopher, Haworth, Inc.; Evan Caprile, Pepper Construction and Keara Fanning, JLL.
(From left to right): Holly Clarke and Tyesha Davis, both of Kayhan International, Ltd. and Emily Stampanato, CannonDesign. (From left to right): Holly Clarke and Tyesha Davis, both of Kayhan International, Ltd. and Emily Stampanato, CannonDesign.
(From left to right): Leslie Barrows, Revantage Corporate Services; Anna Fitzgerlad and Merritt Poole, both of GLP. (From left to right): Leslie Barrows, Revantage Corporate Services; Anna Fitzgerlad and Merritt Poole, both of GLP.

At the May luncheon, held at The East Bank Club, CREW Chicago hosted an impressive panel moderated by CREW Chicago member and environmental consultant Helen Kessler, President of HJ Kessler Associates, Inc. Panel participants included Evan Caprile, LEED Green Associate, GACP, High Performance Project Engineer at Pepper Construction; Mary Basel Christopher, Account Executive, Higher Education & Healthcare at Haworth, Inc. and Keara Fanning, Central Region Sustainability Practice Lead at JLL.

The panel discussed why it is so important for real estate professionals in every market to put their best efforts, resources and time into developing, financing, marketing, renting and selling commercial properties that embody wellness and sustainability. Ecological consciousness in design and construction of these properties is key to health, well-being and job satisfaction for occupants, as well as productivity and employee maintenance for leaseholders.