BOMA International Tops List of 100 Associations That Will Save the World

BOMA International Tops List of 100 Associations That Will Save the World

Congratulations Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International for being named one of the “100 Associations That Will Save the World” by the American Society of Associations Executives (ASAE).


BOMA was recognized for its outstanding sustainability work and is featured on as the top example for sustainability, which is attributed to BOMA’s W2 (Water and Waste) Challenge.


BOMA’s W2 Challenge

The W2 Challenge was a groundbreaking, two-year program designed to encourage buildings in the United States to benchmark water usage and waste output and implement best practices to improve performance.

The W2 Challenge focused on securing the largest and broadest participation as possible, wherein participants committed to enter water and/or waste data at least quarterly in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® over the 2018 and 2019 calendar year.  The challenge was open to all real estate sector properties, from commercial to residential to retail.

  • More than 2,000 buildings participated the United States
  • 412 cities were represented
  • 493 million square feet of property were shared with the W2 Challenge in Portfolio Manager


BOMA’s Historic Pursuit of Improved Building Performance and Sustainability

Beginning in the mid-1990s, sustainability practices gained traction in building design and construction, and programs such as Green Globes, Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEED), and others aimed took aim at energy-efficiency standards for new construction.

However, there was a gap.  Once construction was complete, what strategies could building operators and managers use to make older buildings more sustainable?

Recognizing this, BOMA filled the gap with education and comparability data that would enable building operators and managers to understand, implement, and improve strategies necessary to improve performance and increase energy efficiencies.

BOMA’s tireless pursuit of improving building performance and sustainability is evident in its many programs, which have also won awards from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and have achieved the coveted ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence.




Visit ASAE for more information about BOMA & Sustainability: Benchmarks for W2 and Preserving ENERGY STAR as a Free and Voluntary Program and ASAE Research Foundation Case Study: BOMA Benchmarking in Pursuit of Sustainability.


Visit Facility Executives for more information about BOMA’s W2 Challenge and Champions.

The Business Case for Healthy Buildings in a Post-COVID Era

The Business Case for Healthy Buildings in a Post-COVID Era

Healthy Economy Forum by presented by USGBC


Healthy people in healthy places equals a healthy economy.


The impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic will be felt for years to come – on the economy, on people, and on our way of life. Join Corporate Sustainability Strategies and industry leaders as we share our knowledge on “The Business Case for Healthy Buildings in a Post-COVID Era.”


The world we return to might look nothing like the one we’ve left behind. To support the global recovery, our ideas must be relevant to people and scalable across different building types, new markets and diverse contexts throughout the world. This requires new steps, discipline of measuring our progress and disruptive thinking.


USGBC is outlining a series of actions and priorities that will support the global recovery effort and leverage the power of our community to shape a healthier future for all.


Building Operations Session: The Business Case for Healthy Buildings in a Post-COVID Era




Date & Time

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

11:30 AM ET

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Healthy Economy Forum by USGBC will answer questions such as:

  • How will we build a healthier, more sustainable future for current and future generations?
  • How can we enhance our current design, construction, and operational strategies to ensure our spaces are healthy?
  • How will we remain resilient against future threats to our global health, like climate change?
  • How do we communicate the risk, health, and safety of places where people live, work, learn and play?
  • How can we ensure the trust people have in feeling safe and healthy in the spaces where they live, work, learn, and play?
  • How do we increase confidence in healthy places through planning, measurement, and recognition?
  • How do we demonstrate the health and economic impact of our spaces?
  • How will we rebuild our economy and replace unprecedented job losses around the world?
  • Which partner organizations or policymakers can join us on this vision? Who is missing from this conversation?


Full Schedule

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

11:00 AM ET Forum convenes

6:00 PM ET Forum adjourns


Wednesday, August 5, 2020

11:00 AM ET Forum convenes

6:00 PM ET Forum adjourns


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2020 Better Buildings Summit Goes Virtual

2020 Better Buildings Summit Goes Virtual

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Building Summit is now a Virtual Leadership Symposium

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.

Join us June 8-11, 2020 for 4 days of timely webinars and peer exchanges with fellow industry stakeholders and experts. The event is free to attend.


Why Participate?

  • Discover what’s next in emerging technologies, resiliency planning, and workforce development.
  • Share and discuss successful approaches utilized by Better Buildings, Better Plants partners facing the same challenges as your organization.
  • Grow your network and make connections with industry peers, technical experts, and other Better Buildings partners and Allies.
  • Explore future opportunities to achieve greater energy, water, and waste efficiency in your organization.


Who Participates?

Over the last 4 years, over 3,000 professionals from public, private, and industrial sector organizations have attended the Summit. Attendees typically include:

  • C-Suite Executives
  • Building Owners, Managers, and Operators
  • Facility and Energy Managers
  • Leaders, Policy Advisors, Decision Makers
  • Sustainability Directors
  • Engineers
  • City Managers and Officials

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Unlocking Hidden Value in Class B/C Office Buildings

Unlocking Hidden Value in Class B/C Office Buildings

For Class B and C office buildings, there is a largely untapped business opportunity to improve their energy performance.

Multiple constraints have led Class B/C buildings to adopt energy efficient practices into their general business practice at a slower rate than Class A assets. However, incorporating energy efficiency investments and green leasing clauses into these buildings provides an excellent opportunity to add long-term value, through lower energy costs and better alignment with tenants.

To provide an outline for how to simplify and streamline energy efficiency and green leasing opportunities for Class B/C office buildings that are appropriately tailored to the reality of the market, Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) worked with Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and Urban Land Institute (ULI) to create the Unlocking Hidden Value in Class B/C Office Buildings report.

Join BOMA, RMI, and ULI for this webinar highlighting key takeaways from the report and how to overcome the traditional challenges to energy efficiency in the Class B/C market. The webinar will also feature experts from both the property owner and property manager perspective speaking to how they gained a competitive edge from implementing energy efficiency and green leasing in Class B/C office buildings.


Learning Objectives

  • How to get started on energy efficiency in a Class B/C office building by understanding local efficiency regulations, identifying opportunities to improve, and benchmarking performance over time.
  • How to optimize resources to prioritize low-cost, high-value energy efficiency projects to achieve cost savings, energy savings, and buildings that are more comfortable to tenants.
  • How to reduce the cost-burden of capital-intensive energy efficiency retrofits through different financing options.
  • How to modernize the standard lease form to improve the economics of efficiency projects and engage tenants.



  • Bill Moebius, Senior Vice President/Regional Director, Peloton Commercial Real Estate
  • Brenna Walraven, President and CEO, Corporate Sustainability Strategies
  • Joey Cathcart, Associate, Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Matt Praske, Director of Energy and Sustainability, WashREIT
  • Marta Schantz (Moderator), SVP, Greenprint Center for Building Performance, Urban Land Institute
  • Joanne Arnold, Director of Research and TOBY, BOMA International


Date and Time

Thursday, May 28, 2020
1:00PM EDT



Join Us!

Taking Action to Improve Resilience and Disclose Performance

Taking Action to Improve Resilience and Disclose Performance

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings Summit Finance + Resilience Initiative


Part 2 of the Finance + Resilience mini-series will focus on different mechanisms for financing resilience projects, reporting frameworks for disclosing resilience performance, and pulling everything into a resilience risk management plan.



Commercial, Multifamily, Financial Services



  • Mike Doty, Director Energy Efficiency Lending, Greenworks Lending (LinkedIn)
  • Guy Van Syckle, Senior Manager, Hannon Armstrong (LinkedIn)
  • Brenna Walraven, President and CEO, Corporate Sustainability Strategies (LinkedInTwitter)


Date and Time

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
12:00PM -1:00PM Pacific Time



About the Finance & Resilience Initiative

Resilience is emerging as a critical issue for commercial buildings, particularly in light of recent disruptions from climate and weather events. Owners and operators of commercial properties are placing greater emphasis on improving the resilience of their assets and mitigating risk from natural disasters and other stressors. At the same time, financial markets are beginning to think more seriously about how to manage systemic resilience risk in portfolios of real estate assets.

Research shows that resilience and financial performance are closely linked. Investors, mortgage lenders, and insurers are increasingly concluding that climate and resilience risk can have a meaningful impact on financial returns and that managing this risk is a critical part of fiduciary duty. Building owners are putting resilience plans in place to preserve the value of their properties, protect occupants, and attract investment. However, resilience is a fluid topic, and many building owners are unsure where to start and what tools are available to help.

In response, the Department of Energy launched the Finance and Resilience Initiative in 2019. This effort brings together leading experts from finance, insurance, real estate, and other fields to foster clarity, collaboration, and guidance on emerging resilience issues and how they affect energy and financial performance in buildings.


About Better Buildings Initiative

Better Buildings is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) designed to improve the lives of the American people by driving leadership in energy innovation. Through Better Buildings, DOE partners with leaders in the public and private sectors to make the nation’s homes, commercial buildings and industrial plants more energy efficient by accelerating investment and sharing of successful best practices.

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The Business of Property Management (online course)

The Business of Property Management (online course)

The Property Management course gives a practical description of the “nuts and bolts” of the business of property management.  You will learn the secrets of the trade and the value of professionalism and ethics that will assist you in maximizing the income to the owners, while protecting the asset and treating tenants fairly.  Other topics covered in the course include tenant relations; landlord/tenant law; leasing/renting; office administration; insurance; financial statements/budgets; building maintenance; and property management as a career.


Course Description

CSUF: FIN 400 Property Management (online for CSUF students)

Brenna Walraven will shares Secrets of the Trade with CSUF students.



  • Property Management Introduction & Foundation
    • What it takes to be in Property Management
  • Skills needed
    • Every day is different
    • Customer Centric Approach
    • Understand Ownership Objectives
  • Examples of a “Day in the Life”
    • How does a pandemic impact your property or portfolio?
    • How does underwriting impact your job?
    • New ways to add value in property operations
  • Importance of Leadership
  • Questions


Date and Time

April, 27, 2020




Online for CSUF students


Class Contact

Jia Xie
Assistant Professor
Department of Finance
Mihaylo School of Business & Economics
California State University at Fullerton


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