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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Celebrates 30 Years of Climate Partnerships

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Celebrates 30 Years of Climate Partnerships

Dear Partners:


2021 marks a milestone celebration.


It was 30 years ago that an innovative idea took hold with the advent of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Climate Partnership Programs. These voluntary programs serve to broaden and diversify the EPA’s climate approach—working hand-in-hand with private sector organizations and others to achieve more than would be possible through federal regulations alone.


As an ENERGY STAR supporter, Corporate Sustainability Strategies (CSS) invites you to join the celebration and to help spread the word about the cumulative impacts of the EPA’s Climate Partnership Programs.




Impact At-a-Glance

  • More than 6 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions have been prevented from entering our atmosphere
  • American consumers and businesses have saved more than $500 billion.
  • These programs drove reductions equivalent to 8% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2019 alone.


Market Share and Impact on Commercial Real Estate

  • Thousands of organizations, including 40% of Fortune 500 and 33 industrial sectors, partner with EPA to help advance energy efficiency.
  • More than 270,000 commercial buildings (representing more than 25% of all commercial floor space in the U.S.) actively benchmarking energy use in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to measure, track, and improve their energy performance.
  • Compared to typical buildings, ENERGY STAR certified buildings drive investment in energy efficiency.
    • Average Sale Price = up to 31% more
    • Average Rental Rate = up to 16% more


At CSS, we know the business case for sustainability, and we believe in doing well by doing good.


It’s important to share how businesses, organizations, and communities are impacting climate change. We appreciate your dedication and continued partnership to strengthen our economies while improving lives and our planet.




Brenna Walraven, BOMA Fellow, BOMI-HP®, CPM®, RPA®

President & CEO

Corporate Sustainability Strategies

Efficiency Pays. Always Has. Always Will.


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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.


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.

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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.

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