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The Bozzuto Buzz is about coming together and connecting as a community—sharing our stories and using our voices to express the triumphs and challenges we face. In this issue, we explore wellness and some of the many elements it encompasses, including social, physical, environmental and mental wellness. 

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Read These Stories

An Introduction by Chief Operating Officer Mike Schlegel
Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month
A Better You, a Better Bozzuto
Wellness and Sustainability Work Hand-in-Hand
Committed to Building a Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Workplace
Learn About Your Local Elected Officials and Early Voting
Discover Voting Information for the Upcoming Election


Practicing Wellness: An Introduction by Mike Schlegel
Mike Schlegel
Chief Operating Officer

I imagine this pandemic has many thinking about wellness more than ever. What does it really mean to us? I think wellness can take many forms. Is it possible to experience wellness even when dealing with an illness, disability or hardship? Of course. I think of wellness as being able to do or experience things that bring you joy, peace and tranquility. To some, this may be going for a run, attending a yoga class, connecting with neighbors, meditating, hiking through the woods or eating well. To others, it may be simply taking a moment to enjoy a beautiful sunrise with a warm cup of coffee. But I don’t think wellness can be achieved in a mere moment in time. It’s making a practice of doing things that bring you joy and happiness–and truly appreciating that you get to do them.    

To achieve wellness, I enjoy anything outdoors. In the summer, this usually includes sailing and mountain biking. In the winter, I like to ski. But it’s not just activities that bring me joy—it’s the whole experience. Being exposed to the sun, wind, rain and snow in beautiful places quickly evaporates any stress I may be experiencing and allows me to focus on the whole world, not just me. In this state, I feel well.    

As you’ll see in this issue of the Buzz, Bozzuto offers you a range of benefits and opportunities to help you achieve wellness. Whether you want to connect with a health care provider or simply take some time off to enjoy the company of your family, I encourage you to practice wellness however it makes sense in your life. 

Mike Schlegel
Chief Operating Officer  

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Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

Being able to embrace our cultural identities and bring our most authentic selves to work is incredibly important to not only our jobs, but also to our overall wellness. In collaboration with VIDA, our Hispanic and Latino employee resource group (ERG), we’re proud to observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from today, September 15, to October 15, which celebrates and recognizes the tremendous histories, cultures and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Save the date on October 8 for a virtual event hosted by VIDA celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month. Stay tuned for more information.

We spoke with some VIDA members about their career journeys, families and heritages. Please take a moment to read their stories here in commemoration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.  

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Introducing the Wellness Portal

 We know trying to find a good balance between work, life, family and friends isn’t an easy task, especially in a world faced with a pandemic and social unrest. Whether you’re focused on physical, emotional, financial or mental health, you can find the wide range of benefits we offer in the Bozzuto Wellness Portal including the following: 

Cariloop is a new, complimentary caregiving support platform to help team members caring for children or elderly family members.  

On October 1, we’re launching BurnAlong, an online wellness resource that provides physical, emotional, mental and financial resources through virtual classes run by certified instructors. Keep an eye out for more information. 

Get assistance and counseling through our Health Advocate Employee Assistance Program (EAP). You can call the toll-free number 866-799-2728 or visit the website. Enter our company name (Bozzuto) to log in and gain access to our member site. In addition to the EAP program that is available to all employees, those enrolled in the medical plan have free, round-the-clock, virtual access to benefits for doctors’ visits, mental health and substance abuse through Teladoc. Teladoc can be accessed by downloading the app, visiting Teladoc.com, or calling 1-800-TELADOC (835-2362). 

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Sustainability and Wellness Work Hand-in-Hand

At Bozzuto, sustainable building practices are deeply intertwined with our mission to create sanctuary. Since 2015, Bozzuto-managed communities have achieved ENERGY STAR certification more than 80 times and more than a third of the communities we manage are LEED-certified. We’ve also completed nearly 200 LED lighting retrofits and deployed more than 100 electric vehicle charging stations at our communities. Green cleaning and integrated pest management focus on products and methodologies that reduce harsh chemicals and toxins in the air, a relief to asthmatic and respiratory-sensitive residents, staff and even pets. 

Due to our diligent sustainability practices, we are the first and only 100 percent multifamily management company to be named Energy Star Partner of the Year, an accolade we’ve received for four years in a row with the past two years for Sustained Excellence.  

“By linking the concept of ‘creating sanctuary’ from physical spaces and resident experience to a cohesive view of both ecological and individual wellness, we can continue to position ourselves to thrive as we adapt to our new normal,” explained Pete Zadoretzky, Vice President, Sustainability. 

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Committed to Creating a Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Workplace

We’re proud to share that for the second year in a row, Working Mother Media has named Bozzuto to their Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index. This Index recognizes our ongoing commitment to improving our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts as a company—we celebrate this achievement and will continue focusing on the work that is still to be done. 

See the full list of companies included and learn more about this recognition by clicking here

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Learn About Your Local Elected Officials and Early Voting

Did you know being involved in your local community is a way to practice wellness? By voting and playing an active role in your city, county or country, you are using your voice and contributing to policies that affect not only your wellness but also that of your family, friends and neighbors.  

As a continuation of our thought leadership series and to highlight the importance of voting, Chief Administrative Officer Julie Smith had a virtual discussion about American civics with Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks. Julie and Angela discussed the challenges of campaigning, why local elections matter so much, food insecurity, the importance of voting early if possible and more. Angela also named several traits she personally looks for in a candidate running for elected office. You can watch the recorded discussion here. Stay tuned for more events in the Bozzuto thought leadership series. 

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