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BOMA International honored as Energy Star Partner of the Year

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International as an Energy Star 2007 Partner of the Year for its outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by promoting energy management in commercial buildings. BOMA received the award in the "Energy Efficiency Program Delivery" category at a ceremony March 21 in Washington, D.C., that honored 80 businesses for their efficiency accomplishments.

An Energy Star partner since 2005, BOMA International has recognized energy efficiency as a major priority for the commercial real estate industry and was honored to accept the award for the organization's innovative BOMA Energy Efficiency Program (BEEP). The successful program was developed to address the need for the commercial real estate industry to become an active voice in energy conservation efforts. With more than 18 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions attributed to the industry, BOMA identified cutting-edge solutions to reduce emissions and save property owners and managers thousands annually.

The BEEP program offers Web-assisted audio seminars throughout the year and allows property managers to educate themselves on energy-efficiency tips and techniques from the comfort of their own properties. With seminars on topics ranging from no- and low-cost strategies for optimizing building operations to energy-awareness programs, commercial real estate professionals are offered a comprehensive understanding of the best practices for operational excellence. To date, more than 5,000 industry professionals have participated in the BEEP seminars.

"As an Energy Star partner, we want to spread the word about making buildings more energy efficient," said BOMA International Chairman and Chief Elected Officer Kurt R. Padavano, RPA, CPM, FMA, SMA. "The BEEP seminars are transforming the industry as building owners and managers now have the tools and techniques to put quantifiable reductions in energy consumption. Tracking and benchmarking a building's energy use and improving energy efficiency have tremendous benefits for building owners, tenants and the environment."

BOMA is the first real estate association to receive a Partner of the Year award. The award is given to a variety of organizations to recognize their efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce pollution, resulting in significant cost savings. Award winners are selected from thousands of organizations that participate in the Energy Star program.

Several BEEP seminars are scheduled for 2007 and more information about the program and registration can be found at www.boma.org. This year's BEEP seminars are currently scheduled for May 17, Aug. 16 and Oct. 18.

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