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BOMA asks commercial real estate industry to support global “Lights Off” event

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BOMA San Diego is encouraging the commercial real estate industry to participate in the World Wildlife Fund’s 2014 Earth Hour.

To take part in the annual initiative, the WWF asks individuals, businesses, organizations and governments around the world to turn off all non-essential lighting for one hour at 8:30 p.m. local time on March 29. The aim of Earth Hour is to visibly demonstrate a commitment to creating a sustainable future for the planet and to finding solutions to environmental challenges.

“BOMA International has a rich history of leading the charge for energy efficiency in the commercial real estate industry,” said BOMA International Chair Rich Greninger, managing director with Carr Properties. “By supporting Earth Hour, BOMA International continues its commitment to helping building owners and managers reduce energy use and implement sustainable operations practices.”

In 2007, BOMA International launched the 7-Point Challenge, which asked members to reduce energy consumption by 30 percent by 2012. In 2011, BOMA launched the BOMA STARS campaign to promote the importance of benchmarking energy consumption in commercial buildings through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. These two efforts highlighted the effectiveness of the voluntary marketplace in reducing energy consumption without costly new mandates.

BOMA published the industry’s first green lease guide, now in its second edition, which includes enforceable lease language to ensure tenants comply with a building’s green priorities. BOMA also partnered with the Clinton Climate Initiative to develop the groundbreaking BOMA Energy Performance Contract model, which allows building owners to perform major energy retrofits to existing buildings by removing key barriers.

The EPA has awarded BOMA International with the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award, most recently in 2013, for its continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. This is the sixth ENERGY STAR award for BOMA and it remains the only commercial real estate association to have received this honor. BOMA was also the recipient of EPA’s Climate Protection Award in 2009, the agency’s highest recognition.

This is the fifth consecutive year that BOMA International has supported Earth Hour, which started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. A year later, Earth Hour became a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries and territories participating. In 2013, more than 7,000 cities and towns in more than 150 countries and territories around the globe took part in the event. For more information about Earth Hour, visit earthhour.org.

-Submitted by BOMA San Diego.

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