Nature In The News

This e-newsletter brings you the latest information and resources on biophilic design, the industry, and GPGB updates. 

Marketing and Communications Committee Members

GPGB depends on the work of volunteers to carry out our strategic initiatives and fulfill our mission. Serving on a committee is a rewarding experience and an opportunity for personal and professional growth.

Working with staff and other volunteers, the Marketing and Communications Committee endeavors to build GPGB with steps including, but not limited to:

  • Sharing GPGB’s mission
  • Marketing fundraising and awareness events and campaigns
  • Attracting sponsorships and supporters
  • Recognizing supporters
  • Developing marketing initiatives

If you can make a minimum two-year commitment, the industry needs people like YOU! We are actively looking for committee members and Board members who are passionate about biophilia.

Committees currently seeking new members include:

  • Marketing & Communications
  • Supporter Development
  • Education & Professional Development

All committees are driven by our Strategic Plan. Interested? Please complete the Committee Nomination form below.

Professional Development

Greenbuild: Regenerative Design: Project Positive
March 28 • 1–2 p.m. ET • free

Building on decades of expertise in sustainable and biosystems design, Biomimicry 3.8, HOK, Jacobs, and Ecometrix Solutions Group have joined efforts and expanded design focus to encompass regenerative design. Today we’re designing with and for nature, leveraging design and technology in the service of nature. We are working to reduce our carbon footprint and use design as a positive force for change. 

Project Positive has arisen as a group of change agents dedicated to raising the bar on what acting sustainably means—driven by a sense of urgency to move beyond reduction goals to science-based targets and actions that are generous to the ecosystems, employees, and communities in which we operate. Learn more.

AmericanHort: Diagnosing Plant Problems
April 4 • 2–3:30 p.m. ET • free for AmericanHort members/$49 for non-members

When identifying a new threat, what type of photos should you be taking and what other information should you be collecting? This information is important in helping to diagnose an issue correctly and efficiently. 

This webinar will help growers:

  • Build an information checklist to use when gathering information for accurate plant issue diagnosis
  • Review what types of photos are the most useful and how to take them effectively
  • Glimpse the plant diagnosis process through the lens of a technical specialist

This information can be applied whether working internally with a cultivation team or externally with cooperative extension personnel, product vendor representatives, or technical specialists. Learn more.


Biophilic Leadership Summit
April 23–26 • Chattahoochee Hills, GA

Living Future 2023 Conference
May 3–5 • Washington, D.C.

AIA Conference on Architecture 2023
June 7–10 • San Francisco

SHRM23 Annual Conference & EXPO
June 11–14 • Las Vegas, NV

NeoCon 2023
June 12–14 • Chicago, IL

2023 BOMA International Conference & Expo
June 24–27 • Kansas City, Missouri

Join GPGB Board President Jan Goodman (Owner and President, Cityscapes Inc.) along with Erica Weeks (Associate Principal and Director of Sustainability, Hastings Architecture, LLC) at BOMA 2023 when they present on Attracting and Retaining Tenants with Biophilic Design. 

The BOMA International Conference & Expo (Building Owners and Managers Association) is an opportunity to learn from and network with your industry peers. Commercial real estate continues to evolve as buildings become smarter and the way people work shifts. Update your knowledge for the year ahead and discover innovations and opportunities that will help you further your career—all while engaging with the best network in the business.

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Early Registration Savings through April 21:
USGBC Greenbuild International Conference + Expo 
Greenbuild Sept. 26–29 | Expo Sept. 27–28 •
Washington, D.C.

Featured Resource

An informal survey indicates that GPGB’s Research Article Why We Need More Nature at Work was the most popular resource download in the past month. 

“This study investigated the effects of natural elements and direct and indirect sunlight exposure on employee mental health and work attitudes. We recruited participants via an online panel from the United States and India, and analyzed data from 444 employees. Natural elements and sunlight exposure related positively to job satisfaction and organizational commitment, and negatively to depressed mood and anxiety. Direct sunlight was a dominant predictor of anxiety; indirect sunlight was a dominant predictor of depressed mood, job satisfaction, and organizational commitment. Natural elements buffered the relationship between role stressors and job satisfaction, depressed mood, and anxiety. We also found that depressed mood partially mediated the relationship between natural elements and job satisfaction. We discuss the scientific and policy implications of these findings.”

Check out the full abstract and GPGB’s other resources here.

Thank You to Our Supporters!

GPGB is making a difference and it’s all thanks to our valued Supporters. Our Supporter’s participation and contribution is greatly appreciated not only by us, but by everyone in the industry.

Biophilia Design

Indeed’s Tokyo office has all the modern technology any new office has. But it also has natural elements that create an oasis for all employees. The overall workspace has lots of landscaping, gentle lighting, and color — making this office a comfortable and serene place to work.

Credit: Officelovin

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