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Building Owners and Managers Association International

Building Owners and Managers Contribute to Earth Day’s One Billion Acts of Green

April 14, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(WASHINGTON—April 14, 2011) Earth Day’s theme this year is “One billion acts of green” and members of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International are contributing to those acts by benchmarking more than 600 million square feet of commercial office space. BOMA recently launched BOMA STARS, a new program designed to underscore the importance of benchmarking energy consumption in commercial buildings, and in honor of Earth Week, April 16-22, is asking industry professionals to become BOMA STARS. The program encourages members to track their energy management data using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager and share that data with BOMA. To date, nearly 3,000 buildings have benchmarked and shared their data with BOMA.

“Benchmarking energy performance is a critical endeavor for property professional, on Earth Day and every day,” commented BOMA International Chair Ray H. Mackey, Jr., RPA, CPM, CCIM, partner and chief operating officer, Stream Realty Partners, L.P. “By sharing their energy management progress, BOMA members help show policymakers that the commercial real estate industry can reduce energy consumption without new mandates, reinforcing the effectiveness of the voluntary marketplace.”

The BOMA STARS program encourages property professionals to:

S  Submit data to ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager
T  Track progress over time through benchmarking
A  Assess energy performance and take steps to reduce consumption
R  Rate performance by achieving an ENERGY STAR® rating
S  Share your data with BOMA International and achieve recognition  as one of  the  BOMA STARS

BOMA STARS dovetails with BOMA’s 7-Point Challenge, launched in July 2007, which asks members to reduce energy consumption by 30 percent by 2012. To date, organizations representing three billion square feet of office space have signed onto the Challenge and are transforming the marketplace.

BOMA has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to helping its members go green. The award-winning BOMA Energy Efficiency Program (BEEP) is 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. BOMA published the industry’s first green lease guide, which includes enforceable lease language to ensure tenants comply with a building’s green priorities. BOMA also partnered with the Clinton Climate Initiative to release the groundbreaking BOMA Energy Performance Contract (BEPC) model, which allows building owners to perform major energy retrofits to existing buildings by removing key barriers.

For more information about BOMA’s green initiatives, visit BOMA’s Ever-Green site.

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About BOMA International
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is an international federation of more than 100 local associations and affiliated organizations. Founded in 1907, its 16,500-plus members own or manage more than nine billion square feet of commercial properties. BOMA International’s mission is to enhance the human, intellectual and physical assets of the commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information. On the Web at www.boma.org.

Contact
Lindsay Tiffany
Manager of Media Relations
(202) 326-6365
ltiffany@boma.org