BOMA International Offers Three Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

April 20, 2018


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(WASHINGTON, D.C. — April 20, 2018) In keeping with the Earth Day 2018 theme of “End Plastic Pollution,” the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is encouraging property teams to reduce the amount of plastics and other waste that is sent to landfills. Below are three simple ways commercial real estate professionals can create more sustainable properties this Earth Day, April 22, and throughout the rest of the year:

  • Join the W2 Challenge: Property managers can bolster their sustainability efforts, reduce costs and strengthen relationships with environmentally conscious tenants by increasing their waste diversion rate and reducing their water consumption. BOMA International’s W2 Challenge offers the perfect opportunity for property professionals to start benchmarking their waste and water using the Portfolio Manager® tool from ENERGY STAR®. Participants track their progress for two years and receive tips and strategies for optimizing performance along the way.
  • Communicate with Your Tenants: Meeting with tenants one-on-one regularly to update them on new sustainability initiatives in the building and check in on their sustainability goals can make a big difference in a property’s success. Working with tenants to make their workplaces more sustainable can add value to their organizations and can significantly increase tenant enthusiasm for new initiatives.

“BOMA International has been a long-time supporter of sustainability efforts within the industry, creating resources and programs to help our members uphold the values of Earth Day every day,” said BOMA International Chair Rob Brierley, BOMA Fellow, managing director of Real Estate Management Services and executive vice president of Colliers Boston. “Diverting more waste from landfills is a growing priority right now, and initiatives like BOMA International’s W2 Challenge are helping to facilitate success.”

BOMA International is proud to offer these strategies as part of its own continued leadership in the area of sustainability in the commercial real estate industry. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently recognized BOMA International with the 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award for Sustained Excellence. This is the eleventh time BOMA has been recognized by the EPA with an ENERGY STAR award, making it the most decorated commercial real estate association. In 2009, BOMA International also received the Climate Protection Award, the EPA’s highest honor.

For more information on BOMA International’s green initiatives, as well as educational offerings to help property professionals increase their own sustainability efforts, visit


About BOMA International
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of 88 BOMA U.S. associations and 18 international affiliates. Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types including 10.5 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 1.7 million jobs and contributes $234.9 billion to the U.S. GDP. Its mission is to advance a vibrant commercial real estate industry through advocacy, influence and knowledge. Learn more at

Jessica Bates
Manager of Communications & Marketing
BOMA International
(202) 326-6348