Jul 14, 2022 | Articles, Homepage
Corporate Sustainability Strategies joins Institute of Market Transformation’s as Ally Partner to increase awareness of building performance standards requiring energy efficiency in commercial buildings
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., July 14, 2022 – Corporate Sustainability Strategies (CSS) has joined the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), a nonprofit that collaborates with building owners, tenants, governments, and others to promote energy efficiency in buildings.
“CSS is honored to be an IMT Ally Partner,” said Brenna Walraven, President and CEO, CSS. “Investors are increasingly requiring greater environmental, social, governance and resilience (ESG+R) transparency and performance benchmarking. We look forward to collaborating with IMT and bringing greater awareness of building performance standards (BPS) to address building efficiency as a means to reduce carbon emissions, and better community health, resilience, and economic opportunity.”
A BPS policy can include multiple standards, each targeted to increase performance for a different type and/or aspect of a building. These can include energy, gas and water use, as well as emissions and peak energy demand. These targets become stricter over time, driving continuous, long-term improvement in building stock. BPS complements and makes building energy codes accountable; the two work in tandem to improve building performance.
“ESG practices fall squarely into ‘the right thing to do’ category for not only a company’s ESG+R obligations but for their bottom lines,” Walraven said.
The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) is a national nonprofit organization focused on increasing energy efficiency in buildings to save money, drive economic growth and job creation, reduce harmful pollution, and tackle climate change. For more information, visit imt.org.
Corporate Sustainability Strategies is commercial real estate sustainability consulting firm. Services are client-centric, focused on driving enhanced financial returns by designing and implementing cost effective ESG+R strategies. For more information, visit corporatesustainabilitystrategies.com.
Nov 19, 2020 | Articles, Homepage
Get recognized for your smart leasing efforts and showcase your commitment to sustainability.
Building decarbonization is inevitable, and that makes green leasing more important than ever.
Green leases are a tool for improving occupant health and wellness, operating efficient and sustainable buildings, saving money, and much more. If you’re a landlord or tenant who is actively leveraging your leases to reach your ESG goals, don’t miss your chance for Green Lease Leader recognition.
Green Lease Leaders is the only national green leasing recognition program. Created by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Building Alliance and the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), it celebrates and validates leading-edge landlords, tenants, real estate teams, and governments in the commercial office, retail, and industrial sectors that are driving higher performance in leased buildings by addressing energy efficiency and sustainability through smart and green lease clauses and corporate guidelines.
Read more about the program, apply for recognition, or quickly see if you qualify by visiting greenleaseleaders.com.
About 2020 Green Lease Leaders
2020 Green Lease Leaders represented portfolios totaling more than 1 billion square feet and comprised a diverse range of buildings from large and small commercial offices to industrial buildings to data centers. Altogether, Green Lease Leaders manage nearly 3 billion square feet of commercial and government space, representing a huge potential for growth in green leases.
Feb 11, 2019 | Articles
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.
Jul 26, 2018 | Events
While environmental and financial benefits of energy-efficient buildings are undisputed, property professionals need a foolproof plan to execute a lease that achieves and maintains sustainable building operations. For more than 30 years, BOMA International has provided the industry with a model lease agreement that is considered the standard for commercial leases. Recently, it released the latest version of its model lease Green Lease Guide: A Guide for Landlords and Tenants to Collaborate on Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Practices.
Learn the latest in high-performance leasing and building a win-win for building owners and tenants. Hear how some of the industry’s Green Lease Leaders are successfully breaking down the barriers to achieve high-performance buildings. Discover how Boulder Commons and Sharp Development are achieving net-zero energy (NZE) and making a sound business case for NZE in multi-tenant properties.
- Find out the latest industry guidance for greening a commercial lease.
- Discover how the industry’s Green Lease Leaders are successfully implementing high-performance or energy-aligned leases.
- Learn how to execute a net-zero energy lease and build the business case for achieving net-zero energy in multi-tenant office buildings.
- Alexandra Harry, Program Manager, Institute for Market Transformation (LinkedIn)
- Alisa Petersen, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Associate, Buildings, Rocky Mountain Institute (LinkedIn)
- Brenna Walraven, President and CEO, Corporate Sustainability Strategies (LinkedIn | Twitter)
Date and Time
Monday, August 13
2:00 PM-3:00 PM ET (1:00 PM CT, 12:00 PM MT, 11:00 AM PT)
Join us from your desk or anywhere with internet access.
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CPD Credits and Bonus
BOMA’s Webinars qualify for continuing professional development credits for the renewal of these industry designations: RPA, FMA, CPM, ARM, SMA/SMT and CCM.
Bonus: All webinar registrants receive a special promo code for a 20% discount when purchasing the BOMA Green Lease Guide before September 30.
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.
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