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Building Owners and Managers Association International

Building Owners and Managers to Turn off the Lights in Support of 2012 Earth Hour

March 29, 2012

​(WASHINGTON – March 29, 2012) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is encouraging its members to participate in the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)’s 2012 Earth Hour. WWF’s global initiative asks that individuals, businesses, organizations and governments turn off all non-essential lighting for one hour, from 8:30-9:30 pm local time on Saturday, March 31, 2012. The aim of Earth Hour is to visibly demonstrate global concern about climate change and a commitment to find solutions that minimize negative human impact on the Earth.

“Energy efficiency is a top priority for BOMA International, and we are proud to continue to support Earth Hour,” said BOMA International Chair Boyd R. Zoccola, executive vice president, Hokanson Companies Inc. “BOMA members are committed to strong energy management practices and will be ‘turning off the lights’ during Earth Hour as just one way to demonstrate that commitment.”

BOMA International has been a leader in energy efficiency for years, launching the 7-Point Challenge in 2007, which asked members to reduce energy consumption by 30 percent by 2012. The 7-Point Challenge has been widely embraced throughout the marketplace, with endorsements from more than 130 member companies and BOMA local associations representing more than three billion sq. ft. of office space. BOMA also developed the BOMA Energy Efficiency Program (BEEP), an innovative operational excellence program that teaches commercial real estate professionals how to reduce energy consumption with proven no- and low-cost strategies.

The BOMA STARS initiative was launched in January 2011 to promote the importance of benchmarking energy consumption in commercial buildings through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Portfolio Manager and sharing that data with BOMA’s Master Account. This effort highlighted the effectiveness of the voluntary marketplace in reducing energy consumption without costly new mandates. Since its launch, more than 2,000 buildings have benchmarked and shared their data with BOMA International.

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.

The EPA awarded BOMA International with the 2012 ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency. First recognized with the Partner of the Year Award in 2007, BOMA is the only real estate association to receive this honor five times.  BOMA was also the recipient of EPA’s Climate Protection Award in 2009, the agency’s highest recognition.

This is the third 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. For more information, visit www.earthhour.org.

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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
Laura Horsley
Director of Communications and Marketing
(202) 326-6315
lhorsley@boma.org