Every Drop Counts – Earth Day 2023
This Earth Day, DOC focused on water conservation education through our Every Drop Counts event. The month-long effort helped further DOC’s annual sustainability goals by tasking property management teams to engage our health care partners in water conservation educational activities and initiatives. Reducing water usage at the property level positively impacts DOC and our health care partners, and even small changes can often yield significant results. Across the DOC portfolio, more than 100 properties held events, shared information, and engaged our health care partners by highlighting the importance of water conservation.
Here is just a small sampling of what we collectively achieved this Earth Day:
- Our Phoenix, AZ, property management team of Mercedes Marquez and Sandy Manos offered a trivia game with questions related to water conservation. Each participant was entered into a drawing for larger prizes, and all participants were invited to select from a variety of giveaways, including toilet leak detection tablets, eco-friendly reusable bags, and small succulent plants.
- Jen Scott, DOC’s Hartford, CT property manager, sent broadcast messages to her tenants via Building Engines with water-saving tips. She also worked with her management team to optimize property irrigation systems.
- In Dover, DE, Trish Johnson, CSA manager at Eden Hill Medical Center, held a water conservation trivia contest with all participants receiving a small succulent plant. In addition, to remind tenants to conserve water, she provided each suite with Every Drop Counts removable stickers to affix to their in-suite bathroom mirrors.
- Brian Morath, with RAP Management in Rochester, NY, challenged his tenants to reduce water consumption through simple, achievable actions such as asking them to report leaks, inspect janitorial closets, staff restrooms and breakrooms, and remind co-workers, via laminated signs placed by in-suite sinks, to turn off the water when washing hands. Tenants then documented their actions via photos culminating in a prize drawing.
- Our Atlanta, GA-based Realty Trust Group team, comprised of Von Terry, Alishia Martin, Christen Crossett, Angie Holton, Robin Costello, and Marissa Anguiano, hosted an Earth Day succulent grab-and-go event, where they shared the importance of conserving water, not only when caring for succulents, but in everyday life. The team also worked with eWaste ePlanet to offer electronics recycling to their tenants.
- In Omaha, NE, the DOC management team of Ben Chrystak and Daneen Galvez held their Annual Manager Meetings to coincide with Earth Day, bringing practice managers together within each building to discuss past and future projects, Kingsley survey areas for improvement, DOC’s ESG goals, including this year’s Earth Day focus, and other building care issues. In addition, each participant received a reusable water bottle with the Every Drop Counts logo.
- Cornerstone’s Indianapolis, IN, and Grand Blanc, MI management teams, which include Megan Drummond, Chanelle Mitchell, and Stephanie Decker, sent weekly emails to their buildings with fun facts about water conservation, promoted an Earth Day raffle, and encouraged recycling plastic bottles by trading them in for reusable bottles or succulents.
- Patricia Ball, our Lincoln Harris manager in El Paso, TX, gifted tenants DIY terrarium jars and plants.
- The Cambridge Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX, management team of Wendy Martin and Jolene Wilson made plantable flower seed bombs from old company letterhead and flower seeds donated by their landscape vendors, which were then handed out to building tenants. Waste Management and janitorial service providers assisted by donating to the event. The team shared informational pamphlets about Earth Day and ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
- The Houston-area & Austin, TX, team of Autumn Bay, Angie Gabriel, and Isabela Rivademar, set up a selfie booth outfitted with an Earth Day backdrop to help share DOC’s water conservation message. In addition to photos, the team passed out seed packets, flyers with water-saving tips, earth stress balls, and succulent plants.
Thank you to our property managers and health care partners who participated in DOC’s 2023 Earth Day celebration. Together, we all helped reinforce the message that Every Drop Counts!
DOC was honored as one of two inaugural recipients of the NAIOP Wisconsin Thrive Award at their Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony! This award recognizes DOC’s dedication to building thriving communities through real estate investments, specifically as a presenting partner and key organizer of the MKE CRE Summer Immersion Program.
This innovative week-long event, which is a collaboration between NAIOP Wisconsin, the Marquette University Center for Real Estate, and other local industry leaders, is helping to create a diverse and inclusive pipeline of future CRE leaders by introducing high school students from underrepresented populations to potential career paths in commercial real estate. Special thanks to Jen Manna, Mark Theine, David Domres, and all who helped build this event into one of the cornerstones of our community engagement efforts.
Thank you, NAIOP Wisconsin, for this meaningful recognition and your ongoing partnership in building a more equitable and diverse future for commercial real estate in Wisconsin!
DOC is proud to have been named to the 2023 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI), a comprehensive scorecard tracking the performance of public companies in terms of gender equity. The GEI relies upon voluntary gender-data reporting, measuring equality across five pillars: female leadership and talent pipeline, equal pay and gender pay parity, inclusive culture, anti-sexual harassment policies, and external brand. Companies are included in the Index if they score above Bloomberg’s established global threshold.
This is DOC’s first year participating in the Bloomberg GEI, and our inclusion is a testament to our emphasis on DEI initiatives as a company. We’re proud of this recognition and excited to continue our Invest in better® growth in this space moving forward.
For more information and the complete list of GEI companies, click here.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the creation of ENERGY STAR, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing commercial real estate companies pursuing ENERGY STAR certifications for their properties through their “Certification Nation 2022” platform. DOC is proud to have earned “Premier Member” status by receiving 26 new certifications in 2022 (along with 10 retroactive certifications for properties previously ineligible before the U.S. Department of Energy restarted the program for medical real estate). An ENERGY STAR Certification is a trusted environmental label in the U.S., and as a long-term partner of the program, DOC continually incorporates better environmental impact principles into our business thoughtfully and responsibly. Congratulations to our entire DOC team on this outstanding achievement, and a special thanks to Libby Langenderfer for all of her help!
Newly certified ENERGY STAR properties include:
- Avondale MOB | Avondale, AZ
- Palm Valley MOB | Goodyear, AZ
- Abrazo Scottsdale MOB | Phoenix, AZ
- North Mountain MOB | Phoenix, AZ
- Fountain Hills Medical Campus | Fountain Hills, AZ
- Westgate MOB | Glendale, AZ
- Medical Arts Center at Hartford | Plainville, CT
- Peachtree Dunwoody Medical Center | Atlanta, GA
- Northside Center Pointe | Atlanta, GA
- Carmel Medical Pavilion | Carmel, IN
- Indiana American 2 | Greenwood, IN
- UofL Health – Mary & Elizabeth MOB II | Louisville, KY
- Doctors Community Hospital POB | Lanham, MD
- Southdale Place | Edina, MN
- Dell MOB | Chanhassen, MN
- Vadnais Heights MOB | Vadnais Heights, MN
- MHealth Clinic & Specialty Center | Maplewood, MN
- St Alexius – Medical Arts Pavilion | Bismarck, ND
- Midlands One Professional Center | Papillion, NE
- Missionary Ridge MOB | Chattanooga, TN
- 3100 Lee Trevino Drive | El Paso, TX
- Carrollton MOB | Carrollton, TX
- Strictly Pediatrics Specialty Center | Austin, TX
- Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center | Dallas, TX
- Bridgeport Medical Center | Lakewood, WA
- Renaissance Office Building | Milwaukee, WI
Learn more about ENERGY STAR’s “Certification Nation” here.
As part of DOC’s ongoing Women in Leadership series, we were honored to host the newest member of our Board of Trustees, Ava Lias-Booker, Esq. A partner at McGuireWoods LLP, an international law firm, Ava leads the litigation practice of the firm’s Baltimore office. She is the past chair of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee and its Diversity Action Council.
Our yearly Women in Leadership series is a DOC Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Council project. It’s a fantastic opportunity for our team to learn from and be inspired by women who are accomplished leaders and strong advocates for women working to grow and advance their careers. Our past speakers have included Courtney Nelson, Pam Kessler, Peggy Troy, Marissa Orr, and Audra Cunningham.
Two DOC team members moderated the session: Brad Page, SVP – General Counsel and Jen Manna, VP – Associate General Counsel and a DEI Council founding member.
Thank you to Ava, Jen, Brad, and all our team members who contributed to such an engaging and productive discussion!
GRESB has announced its 2022 Real Estate Assessment results, and DOC is proud to have earned a score of 75 out of 100, outperforming the global average of 74. DOC also received a Green Star designation, awarded to submitters that have achieved scores of 50+ on GRESB’s implementation and measurement of the management & policy sections. Further, the Company’s 2022 GRESB Public Disclosure Level earned an “A” rating and a score of 98 out of 100, ranking first in its health care comparison group.
“Our annual GRESB Real Estate Assessment efforts and continued high scores celebrate the leadership and contributions of our entire team, demonstrating the success of our actions to date,” said Mark Theine, Executive Vice President of Asset Management. “We continue to integrate ESG principles into all aspects of our company culture, facility operations, and future financial planning to ensure we provide an excellent setting for our health care provider partners to deliver patient care as leaders in sustainability and corporate social responsibility.”
Learn more in our press release.
Physicians Realty Trust recently hosted our 7th annual DOC Management Summit at our Milwaukee headquarters. Over 275 Facility Management Partners, Leasing Partners, DOC team members, sponsors, and guests joined us in person for the first time since the pandemic began. In addition, our main stage sessions were live streamed to an even wider audience to accommodate our growing team, and we held virtual breakout sessions with a nationwide lineup of CRE speakers. The Management Summit is a tremendous opportunity for networking with peers, sharing ideas, and learning about new DOC process improvements.
The Summit is also an appreciation event for our nationwide teams each year. We recognize leaders in customer service, satisfaction, capital projects, brokerage, sustainability, and culture. Please join us in congratulating these extraordinary partners who were honored at our Thursday, Sept. 15 Awards Gala:
Customer Service Award: Trish Johnson, CSA LLC
Recognizes an above and beyond individual showing consistency and excellence in their tenant communications, including Kingsley tenant survey results
Brokerage Team of the Year: Cushman and Wakefield
Honors a team of bright and strategic thinkers who have been great partners to DOC, showing teamwork and execution at every stage with stellar internal and external communication skills
Broker of the Year: Anne Madyun, Davis
Recognizes a true leasing partner who dependably exceeds expectations through collaboration, communication, and consistent execution in all facets of brokerage
Hard Hat Award: RTG Team
Acknowledges outstanding capital improvement projects for their creativity and teamwork throughout the construction process
Sustainability Award: Alicia Schaeffer, Davis
Recognizes a practical, innovative approach to sustainability in which being “green” through capital initiatives equates to a “green” cash return via cost savings over time
DOC Cares Award: Jacob Howard, Bevara Building Services
Honors an individual’s incredible leadership and outstanding character that embodies the spirit of DOC’s vision of “C.A.R.E.”
Congratulations to all of our winners! Thank you to all our Summit participants and sponsors who made this year’s event a success!