The Water & Waste (W2) Challenge

The W2 Challenge is a two-year initiative to support commercial real estate practitioners in benchmarking water and waste consumption and associated costs, and implementing best practices to improve performance. With the support of a generous grant from Yardi, and in partnership with the BOMA Local Associations, BOMA International is proud to offer this Challenge that expands the sustainability efforts of the commercial real estate industry. The program runs from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019, and participants will be eligible for recognition for their leadership from BOMA International. Year 1 will establish a baseline and Year 2 will promote performance improvements.


Two new water and waste resources are now available to help you create action plans and establish sustainability goals. These improvement guides can help facilitate necessary conversations to identify what your facility is already doing and address which areas need additional attention. Each guide includes a checklist representing the latest best practices and innovative ideas.

Getting Started

  • Sign-Up Form - Once you've committed to the Challenge, we'll make sure you receive program alerts and all of the Challenge's tips, tools and resources.
  • Account Sharing Instructions - After signing up, participants can follow these simple instructions to share your Portfolio Manager® account with the Challenge.
  • Year One Recap: In this BOMA Magazine article, get a summary of where the Challenge stands after the first year of this two-year initiative.

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Benchmarking Assistance

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Participate?

Participation in W2 will allow you to:

  • Better understand and track how your building consumes water and manages waste
  • Compare your performance to your peers
  • Identify opportunities for improvement
  • Receive training and guidance on how to improve water and waste management practices
  • Reduce operating costs
  • Earn recognition for being an industry leader in benchmarking and performance improvements

Who Can Participate?

  • Any real estate practitioner who owns and/or operates one or more buildings
  • You don't need to be a BOMA member, and all building sectors are welcome

How Do I Participate?

  • Sign up
  • You don't need to be a BOMA member, and all building sectors are welcome
  • Enter water and waste consumption and cost data into Portfolio Manager at least quarterly.

Join The Water & Waste Challenge

What Recognition Can I Earn?

  • All participants will be recognized for accepting the Challenge
  • Buildings and portfolios that show any improvement in water and/or waste performance will receive recognition at a future BOMA International Conference & Expo
  • Selected success stories will be featured in BOMA publications
  • Participants are encouraged to use the Challenge logo and related materials to publicize their participation


Ken Rosenfeld
Director of State and Local Affairs