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Making the Case

There is a growing volume of evidence and industry research that shows sustainability execution reaps rewards both environmentally and financially over the short, medium and long term.  In fact, increasingly sustainability performance of organizations is an indication not just of well run real estate and companies, but a indication of quality leadership and management.  Sustainability execution, as shown in the many reports below, drives:

  • Improved financial performance • improved revenue, lower operating costs, enhanced net operating income (NOI), profitability and asset value
  • Improved investor recruitment and retention • investors increasingly are looking for objective sustainability performance and corporate social responsibility
  • Employee satisfaction, retention and recruitment
  • Reduced risk • legislative, building code and regulatory requirements increasingly demand better efficiency as well as more transparency around issues of sustainability performance
  • Tenant engagement, satisfaction, comfort and retention • improved efficiency and high performance sustainable operations allows for better indoor air quality, better control of temperature and cleaner more comfortable space. These comfort benefits are not only better but when combined with a Sustainability Strategy to engage with tenants around these efforts also drive deeper, longer term tenant relationships. These have been shown to improve tenant retention, maintaining and improving rent income, reducing tenant improvement costs associated with re-tenanting spaces and thus not only higher NOI but also better cash flow.

Top Ten Sustainability Acronyms and Why They Matter

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Industry Reports Show Value of Investing in Sustainability

BuildUp 2030 Framework for the Transformation of Real Estate | IMT

What Will It Take? The Path to Carbon Free Buildings by 2050 | IMT

Green is Good Series | Cushman & Wakefield

Environmental Justice and Real Estate | ULI

Five Ways that ESG Creates Value

Financial Impact of Healthy Buildings

NBI: 2020 Getting to Zero Buildings List

Building the Financial Business Case for Resilience (cont. by CSS)

Optimizing Community Infrastructure (cont. by CSS)

Embedding Sustainability (cont. by CSS)

Best Practices for Leasing NZE Buildings (cont. by CSS)

G4 Reporting & Disclosures

Sustainability Disclosure

DOE Business Case for Retrofitting

DOE EIA Energy Outlook 2015

Unlocking ROI

UNEPFI Sustainability Metrics

Economics of Green Retrofits

Studies that Prove the Business Case

PWC Sustainability Valuation

Oracle Energy Paper

Value of Green Buildings

MSCI World ESG Index

Managing Indoor Air Quality Roundtable

Managing Indoor Air Quality Briefing

LEED Adobe Statistics 2013

Investor Strategies for ESG

Green Building Asset Valuation

Green Building Adoption Index 2014

Does Green Pay Off?

Deloitte Breakthrough for Sustainability

Business Case For Green Building

Assessing Value of Green Buildings

2011 EEI IFMA Results Report

According to a Rocky Mountain Institute Review of Sustainability Analysis & Research


Harvard Green Loan Fund

700 6th St LEED EBOM

700 6th St LEED EBOM

BLD 2008 Whos Who

BLD 2008 Whos Who

La Paz Energy Star

La Paz Energy Star

Potomac Yard Garage Lighting Retrofit

Potomac Yard Garage Lighting Retrofit

Residences at La Cantera Water Conservation

Residences at La Cantera Water Conservation

Returns on Resilience

Returns on Resilience

The Sustainable Business Case

The Sustainable Business Case

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