CREW Charlotte January 2017 Luncheon: Got WELL?: A Holistic Approach to Wellness in Your Office
Submitted by Holly Alexander
On January 10, Nancy Everhart of Little and Molly Fowler of Wells Fargo Bank kicked off CREW Charlotte’s 2017 year by introducing how to incorporate wellness into your workspace. They used the WELL Building Institute’s wellness program developed by Delos and the USGBC as the basis of their discussion. Nancy discussed four design strategies used in this certification: Active Design, Biophilic Design, Restoration Space, and Circadian Rhythm. Some of these methods include making stairwells more accessible and desirable with paint and better signage, repositioning how you use the tools in your workspace, turning your computer to face a window, and simply standing up every 30 minutes. Molly discussed the seven categories of measurement used in obtaining the actual WELL Building Certification. The bank currently has 5 pilot projects across the country pursuing WELL Building Certification. The seven categories include Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort, and Mind. Providing healthier food and drink options in vending machines, cleaning with green cleaners, lowering cube walls to increase light and exposure to the outdoors, and creating alternative areas to work are all items they are using in obtaining this certification. We encourage you to visit the website to learn of some ways you can incorporate wellness into your workspace! Please visit www.wellcertified.com/well or click here for more information.