Resilience Roundtable: Public Sector Meets Commercial Real Estate at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 2019 Better Buildings Summit

Resilience Roundtable: Public Sector Meets Commercial Real Estate at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 2019 Better Buildings Summit

Corporate Sustainability Strategies is pleased to announce Brenna Walraven has been asked by The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to speak at the 2019 Better Buildings Summit. Walraven was selected because she has demonstrated leadership and forward thinking in energy efficiency, sustainability, and resiliency for the real estate industry.

 

Resilience Roundtable

Learn how local governments can work with private building owners to ensure the resilience of their building stock. Commercial real estate fund and asset managers will share how investment decision-making around resilience is informing investments in commercial developments. Local government representatives will share their organizational strategies to enhance community resilience. Enjoy a lively facilitated discussion between private and public Better Buildings Challenge partners! This session is part 2 of 2 in a series around public and private sectors working together to meet resilience needs.

 

Panelists

  • Chris Castro, Director of Sustainability & Resilience, City of Orlando, FL (LinkedIn)
  • Eric Friedman, Director, Leading by Example Program, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (LinkedIn)
  • Marta Schantz, Senior Vice President, Greenprint Center for Building Performance Urban Land Institute (LinkedIn)
  • Brenna Walraven, President and CEO, Corporate Sustainability Solutions (LinkedInTwitter)

 

Date and Time

Wednesday, July 10
3:30 PM

 

About U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings Summit

The 2019 Summit will be held in the Washington, D.C. metro area (Arlington, VA) July 10-11, with pre-conference activities starting on July 9. This annual event for Better Buildings, Better Plants Partners and other key stakeholders provides the opportunity for professionals to explore emerging technologies and share innovative strategies in energy and water efficiency. Attendees can expect two days of interactive sessions with industry experts and market leaders as well as many opportunities to network with peers.

 

Learn more and register.

 

EPA Honors 2019 ENERGY STAR® Award Winners

EPA Honors 2019 ENERGY STAR® Award Winners

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., (April 12, 2019) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) honored ENERGY STAR partners for their outstanding contributions to public health and the environment on April 11, 2019.

Awardees are comprised of Fortune 500 companies, commercial building owners and operators, and more. Winners have demonstrated national leadership in cost-saving energy efficient solutions.

Corporate Sustainability Strategies is proud to announce clients Hudson Pacific Properties, LBA Realty, and USAA Real Estate received honors.  Hudson Pacific Properties and LBA Realty are first time winners and USAA Real Estate is seventeen-time winner for Partner of the Year for leadership and sustained excellence in energy management – the most for any real estate company.

“It’s an honor and privilege to work with such great organizations and leaders,” said Brenna Walraven, CEO, Corporate Sustainability Strategies, Inc.  “These firms demonstrate what the business case for sustainability and energy efficiency looks like – finding new ways to save money, making their properties more comfortable, and more efficient, which in turn is better for tenants, employees, investors, and the environment.”

For more than 25 years, EPA’s ENERGY STAR program has been the United States’ resource for saving energy and protecting the environment.  Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped save American families and businesses nearly 4 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity and achieve over 3 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions – all through voluntary action.  In 2017 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped Americans avoid $30 billion in energy costs.

Read more about the ENERGY STAR Awards and Award Winners’ achievements.

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About ENERGY STAR: ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations—including more than 40 percent of the Fortune 500®—rely on their partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions.

For more information, visit www.energystar.gov.

About Corporate Sustainability Strategies: Corporate Sustainability Strategies (CSS) is an independent commercial real estate sustainability and operations consulting firm, passionate about results.  Services are client-centric, focused on driving enhanced financial, environmental, social and governance outcomes by designing and implementing cost effective sustainability strategies.  Cumulatively, CSS clients represent over $100B in Assets under Managements and 500M sf of real estate.  To date, client savings exceeds $30M.  Clients include office, industrial, retail, multi-family, hotel, storage, healthcare, and development asset types.

For more information, visit www.corporatesustainabilitystrategies.com.

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Corporate Sustainability Strategies Appointed Green Lease Leaders Supporting Partner

Corporate Sustainability Strategies Appointed Green Lease Leaders Supporting Partner

Corporate Sustainability Strategies Appointed Green Lease Leaders Supporting Partner by U.S. Department of Energy Better Building Alliance and Institute for Market Transformation

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., (Feb. 11, 2019) – Corporate Sustainability Strategies (CSS), a sustainability and operations consulting firm specialized in driving enhanced financial returns by designing and implementing cost effective, value creating sustainability strategies, announced they have been appointed as a Green Lease Leaders (GLL) Supporting Partner by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Building Alliance and Institute for Market Transformation (IMT).

DOE’s Better Building Alliance and IMT initiated the GLL program in 2013 by to define green or “energy-aligned” leases; recognize pioneering tenants and property owners who add energy and water-saving clauses to their leases; recognize real estate brokers who facilitate green lease transactions; and drive higher building energy performance in commercial, retail, and industrial buildings.

Historically, real estate owners and tenants have had difficulty integrating sustainability into the lease process due to tension between owners and tenants over responsibilities and cost-sharing arrangements.  The GLL program is helping to break through these barriers by proving that a wide variety of companies are already incorporating green lease language into their portfolio and by demonstrating replicable solutions that can be employed by others.

As a GLL Supporting Partner, CSS will work to advance the goals of the program with clients and other audiences.  GLL recognizes forward-thinking companies and real estate practitioners who break down barriers to high-performance buildings by revolutionizing leases to incorporate energy efficiency and sustainability.  Currently, there are 31 recognized GLL organizations, representing over 1 billion SF of commercial space and $24M annual energy cost savings.

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About Corporate Sustainability Strategies: Corporate Sustainability Strategies (CSS) is an independent commercial real estate sustainability and operations consulting firm, passionate about results.  Services are client-centric, focused on driving enhanced financial, environmental, social and governance outcomes by designing and implementing cost effective sustainability strategies.  Cumulatively, CSS clients represent over $100B in Assets under Managements and 500M sf of real estate.  To date, client savings exceeds $30M.  Clients include office, industrial, retail, multi-family, hotel, storage, healthcare, and development asset types.

For more information, visit www.corporatesustainabilitystrategies.com.

About Green Lease Leaders: Green Lease Leaders recognizes forward-thinking companies and real estate practitioners who break down barriers to high-performance buildings by revolutionizing leases to incorporate energy efficiency and sustainability.

For more information, visit www.greenleaseleaders.com.

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Elevating Sustainability to the Next Level: BOMA’s Water and Waste Challenge

Elevating Sustainability to the Next Level: BOMA’s Water and Waste Challenge

Corporate Sustainability Strategies is pleased to announce Brenna Walraven selected to participate as an industry leader for BOMA’s Water and Waste Challenge (W2): Elevating Sustainability to the Next Level discussion at the 2019 Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Annual Conference and Expo.

Session Date and Time

Monday, June 24
9:30 – 10:30 AM

Location

Salt Lake Convention Center
Salt Lake City, Utah

About BOMA Annual Conference and Expo

Every Building Needs Its Hero, Every Hero Needs BOMA

Prepare for an event that will take your career to the next level. Meet the most important people in commercial real estate on June 22–25, 2019. See the latest innovative products and services designed to make your building run more efficiently and get your tenancy to max capacity. You’ll learn from the best by day, with plenty of opportunities for evening networking. In just three days, you’ll gain the momentum you need to optimize your building operations and elevate your career.

For more information visit www.bomaconvention.org.

About BOMA International

BOMA is a federation of U.S. associations and 18 international affiliates. BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types including nearly 10.5 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 1.7 million jobs and contributes $234.9 billion to the U.S. GDP. Its mission is to advance a vibrant commercial real estate industry through advocacy, influence and knowledge.​​

BOMA is a primary source of information on building management and operations, development, leasing, building operating costs, energy consumption patterns, local and national building codes, legislation, occupancy statistics, technological developments and other industry trends.

For more information about BOMA visit www.boma.org.

 

Back by Popular Demand: Best of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 2018 Better Buildings Summit

Back by Popular Demand: Best of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 2018 Better Buildings Summit

As one of the highest rated speakers at U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) 2018 Better Buildings Summit, Brenna Walraven of Corporate Sustainability Strategies will be speaking on highlights of Investor-Oriented Sustainability Insights for Commercial Real Estate. Additional presentations by other highly rated speakers includes Building a Next Generation Workforce for Next Generation Buildings and Transition Planning for Energy Managers

Featured Presentations

  • Building a Next Generation Workforce for Next Generation Buildings by Richie Stever, University of Maryland Medical Center
  • Transition Planning for Energy Managers by Matthew Pekar, United Technologies Corporation
  • Investor-Oriented Sustainability Insights by Brenna Walraven, Corporate Sustainability Strategies (LinkedIn | Twitter)

Date and Time

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
3:00-4:00 PM ET

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About U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings Summit

This year’s Summit was held in conjunction with the Energy Exchange and brought together leaders from the federal, commercial, education, state, and local government sectors to share best practices in energy and water efficiency, integrated resilience, and emerging technologies.

 

Learn more about DOE’s Better Buildings Summit here.

Are You Associating Effectively in Commercial Real Estate?

Are You Associating Effectively in Commercial Real Estate?

Getting back to the heart of Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) – discover what it means to be emboldened by your peers, your passions and your strides towards better performance in the commercial real estate industry.

Panelists

  • David Mastro, Senior Vice President, LDK Ventures and President, BOMA California (LinkedIn)
  • John Bryant, Vice President Advocacy, Codes and Standards, BOMA International (LinkedIn)
  • Matthew Hargrove, Senior Vice President Government Affairs, California Business Properties Association (Bio)
  • Brenna Walraven, President and CEO, Corporate Sustainability Strategies (LinkedIn | Twitter)

Date, Time and Location

Thursday, September 13, 2018
11:30AM-1:30 PM PT

Island Hotel
Newport Beach, CA

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About BOMA International

BOMA is a federation of U.S. associations and international affiliates. BOMA represents owners and managers of all commercial property types including nearly 10.5 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 1.7 million jobs and contributes $234.9 billion to the U.S. GDP. Its mission is to advance a vibrant commercial real estate industry through advocacy, influence and knowledge. BOMA is a primary source of information on building management and operations, development, leasing, building operating costs, energy consumption patterns, local and national building codes, legislation, occupancy statistics, technological developments and other industry trends.

Learn more about BOMA International.

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