The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized BOMA International with a 2008 Energy Star Partner of the Year award for Excellence in Program Delivery for its outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by promoting energy management in commercial buildings through the BOMA Energy Efficiency Program (BEEP), offered through the BOMA Foundation. BOMA International, the only real estate association to receive this honor, was first awarded the Partner of the Year award in 2007. BOMA's achievement was recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on April 1.
BOMA International, an Energy Star partner since 2005, was honored for helping building owners and managers reduce energy use by promoting energy management practices through BEEP, an innovative operational excellence program that teaches commercial real estate professionals how to reduce energy consumption and costs with proven no- and low-cost strategies for optimizing equipment, people and practices. To date, approximately 10,000 commercial real estate professionals have participated in the BEEP seminars.
"BOMA International's leadership role in helping the commercial real estate industry improve energy efficiency is a response to an urgent fiscal and environmental need," said BOMA International Chairman and Chief Elected Officer Brenna S. Walraven, RPA, CPM, executive managing director of national property management for USAA Real Estate Co.
"We are honored to receive the Energy Star Partner of the Year award for the second consecutive year and plan to continue leading the efforts on the business case for market transformation, including educating real estate professionals through BEEP, Energy Star tools and other programs on how reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a tremendous benefit to a the bottom line and is quickly becoming compulsory to stay competitive in the global marketplace."
The Excellence in Program Delivery awards are 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 more than 9,000 organizations that participate in the Energy Star program.
BEEP is part of BOMA's overall Market Transformation Plan and 7-Point Challenge to reduce energy consumption by 30 percent by 2012 across real estate portfolios, as measured against an average building measuring a 50 on the Energy Star benchmarking tool. The 7-Point Challenge also asks property professionals to benchmark energy performance and water usage through Energy Star.
Last year alone, Americans, with the help of Energy Star, saved $16 billion on their energy bills and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
"Partners such as BOMA International are raising the bar for energy efficiency, teaching customers that their decisions can make a difference," said Robert J. Meyers, principal deputy assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Air & Radiation. "BOMA International is doing an excellent job working with Energy Star to transform the market for energy-efficient products, services and programs that help Americans save money and protect our environment."
Five BOMA member companies are also being honored:
¥ USAA Real Estate Co. -- 2008 Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award. This is the sixth year that USAA Real Estate Company has been honored.
¥ Transwestern -- 2007 Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award. This is the fifth year that Transwestern has been honored.
¥ CB Richard Ellis -- Partner of the Year award
¥ TIAA-CREF -- Partner of the Year award
¥ Simon Property Group -- Partner of the Year award
USAA Real Estate Co. and Transwestern were active participants in the creation of BEEP. CB Richard Ellis adopted BEEP in 2007 to help reduce energy consumption at its managed properties through increased employee education and training.
For more information on BOMA International's BEEP program, visit www.boma.org/TrainingAndEducation/BEEP/.