Social Giving & Community Contribution
Our COVID-19 Response
Verdani is addressing the COVID-19 pandemic by creating and donating personal protective equipment to our employees, local communities and to others in need.
Verdani Cares for our Communities
3-layer Masks with N-95 filter
Extended PPE Team
Face Shields Donated
Masks to Navajo Hopi COVID-19 Relief
Surgical Mask Kit Donations
Masks for Low-Income Hospital at Mexico border
Since the beginning of the pandemic, The Verdani team responded by quickly mobilizing to protect our team and support our community during this global crisis.
To help keep our team healthy and safe, our operations team ordered large quantities of personal protective equipment (PPE) for our team, including masks, face shields, disinfectants and homemade hand sanitizer. We distributed kits of PPE materials for each team member and provided wellness kits for employees who are not feeling well. We also established a new remote work policy and our whole team transitioned to working from home on March 10, 2020, several days before the California shelter at place order was issued by government authorities. Remote work is still in effect for our whole team.
We worked with neighbors to produce high-quality, reusable fabric face masks for our team members, their families and community members in need of protective equipment such as hospital workers. Verdani, with a group of neighbors created the 'Stitch Love Angels group to mobilize the local community. We assembled hundreds of face masks and face shield kits to be distributed to Detroit Has a Heart and primarily to the Navajo Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief group, a grassroots volunteer indigenous led group operating on the Navajo and Hopi organizations that is serving 180,000 people.
The Verdani team has prepared a toolkit for our clients with the resources and information what we have gathered throughout the pandemic. The resources we developed include guidance and information about COVID-19 and its impacts on various property types with consistent messaging followed by a PowerPoint of resources for more strategic staff training on safety protocols. TOOLKIT >
Health & Wellbeing Blog Post
Recently, many companies were asked to transition their employee workspaces from the office to their home. The health and wellness habits that were typically reinforced everyday through cues in Fitwel or WELL workspaces may have diminished with the transition to the home office. Now, more than ever, it is important to refocus on habits that maintain your wellbeing by implementing a Working from Home Wellness Program.
GRESB Insights COVID Articles
Verdani Institute for the Built Environment (VIBE)
Verdani Partners established the nonprofit VIBE to channel our vast expertise in sustainable development into impactful projects designed to fulfill a bold mission: to position the global building sector as a powerful force for sustainable development and climate change mitigation. VIBE needs the support of people like you who understand the importance of building performance in improving resilience, health and climate. We welcome you to make a donation to VIBE which will enable us to build a more robust organization and undertake work in four focus areas including sustainable properties, resilience and risk management, education and research.
You Can Empower the Next Generation of Climate Heroes
At VIBE, a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable development and education, we believe that one way to educate and inform children is through powerful storytelling. Climate Heroes is a book written for primarily young children ages 5 to 10, but broadly useful for anyone looking for a powerful yet accessible story on what causes climate change, what solutions exist to heal our planet and how each and every one of us can make a tangible difference in building a future that is vibrant, sustainable and equitable. Climate Heroes is colorful, bright and richly illustrated to capture the imagination of children while evoking a sense of hope.
Replenishing Our Forests
We believe it is important to give back to the environment that sustains us. Following a year of devastating wildfires in 2020, our gift back to the Earth was the purchase of $1,000 worth of trees through American Forests, which is a world leader in planting trees for environmental restoration, a pioneer in the science and practice of urban forestry, and a primary communicator of the benefits of trees and forests.
for Social Justice
As we work to advance sustainability in the built environment, Verdani Partners stands in solidarity with those working toward justice, inclusion and equal opportunity for Black communities and all those suffering from the structural and individual racism experienced in the U.S. and around the world. While millions of people participate in protests against racism and violence a towards Black Americans, our hearts grieve for the thousands of men and women who have been killed as a result of long-standing, systemic inequities.
In order to truly have a sustainable society, we believe there must be justice everywhere. We envision a new future that truly honors the diversity of Black, Brown and Indigenous people and ensures equality and human rights for everyone, especially people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals and marginalized communities. In these times of grief and transformation, we are working hard to support those in need and will continue to do our part to actively build a sustainable world and hold a higher vision for an equitable future.
~ Team Verdani
Donations to social justice and human rights organizations
In 2020, during the protests Verdani made donations to each of the following organizations:
Equal Justice Initiative
The Bail Project
GRESB Insights by Verdani Partners
Just as the COVID-19 pandemic has made us rethink health and wellness for our employees, tenants and buildings, so should the recent social unrest surrounding racism and police brutality help us to reflect on diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts within our organizations as we make progress toward achieving our environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals. The growing consensus is that racial injustice makes sustainability impossible.