In an article for GreenBiz, Hallie Kennan and Chris Busch of Energy Innovation discussed the impact of city environments that push for energy efficiency. Because of the way downtown urban locations attract major businesses, companies have multiple ways to contribute to and benefit from a greener urban location. Office management could notice these benefits within their own workforce, as well as in the entities they interact with, once they make the move.

This is because cities that prioritize sustainable practices can attract a diverse range of professionals and companies to take part in the same community. Some of the hallmarks of greener the article cites include outdoor green space, efficient public transit, and smaller block sizes, which make the city easier to traverse.

As a result of these features, businesses in sustainable cities can see better access to top talent, more efficiency for commuters, and a healthier workforce, the source adds.

Even with more focus on the need for sustainability, cities present infrastructural problems for civic managers. Writing for Harvard Business Review, Iain Campbell and Koben Calhoun said that city building retrofits have to be site-specific, fast, and inexpensive to truly make an impact.

“Our hope is that such an industrialized approach can reduce the cost of retrofitting buildings by well over 30 percent, with a typical simple payback below four years,” the authors wrote. They also pointed out the multiple ways smart digital controls can influence business sustainability, including through easy temperature and lighting management.

In cities across northern California, offices can achieve their own reuse targets through LEED-friendly furniture, including used cubicles, desks and chairs.