BOMA International Earns 2020 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award
March 31, 2020
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(WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 31, 2020) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International has been recognized with the 2020 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award for continued leadership and superior contributions to energy efficiency. BOMA International now has received a total of 13 ENERGY STAR awards, making it the most decorated commercial real estate association.
The highest honor among ENERGY STAR Awards is the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presents the Sustained Excellence Award to partners that have already received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition for a minimum of two consecutive years and have gone above and beyond the criteria needed to qualify for recognition. Winners hail from small, family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 organizations—representing energy-efficient products, services, new homes and buildings in the commercial, industrial and public sectors.
BOMA International received its first ENERGY STAR award in 2007. Thirteen years and 13 awards later, this recognition demonstrates BOMA International’s long-term commitment to energy efficiency, which is integrated into a number of its programs and initiatives, including:
- The recently concluded W2 Challenge, an initiative to promote market transformation by encouraging the widespread adoption of waste and water benchmarking. The two-year program incentivized nearly 2,000 buildings spanning nearly half a billion square feet of space to benchmark waste and water using ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Management tool.
- The BOMA 360 Performance Program, which launched newly updated criteria to encourage applicants to achieve the industry's most up-to-date best practices for energy management and sustainability.
- Resources and incentives for “greening” a commercial lease: BOMA’s Green Lease Guide: A Guide for Landlords and Tenants to Collaborate on Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Practices, is the third update to the commercial real estate industry’s best practice guide to “greening” a commercial lease. Through a generous grant from Yardi, BOMA now provides this guide as a free resource. BOMA International also supports the Green Lease Leaders program, hosting its awards ceremony at the 2019 BOMA International Conference & Expo. These awards recognize companies and real estate practitioners who are actively and effectively using green leases to create high-performance buildings.
- A wide range of “green” content in the bi-monthly BOMA Magazine publication, including the recurring Green Scene column, sustainability-focused features and high-performance building case studies to inform and promote industry best practices.
- Annual conference offerings, including the “Building Operations, Performance and Management education track” and the Green Pavilion, which highlights solutions and products to support energy-efficient, sustainable properties. BOMA’s Sustainability Scholarship helps connect individuals studying or working in sustainability to these offerings by covering the full conference registration fee and associated costs.
- A variety of energy management trainings and resources, including BOMA’s Energy Efficiency Program (BEEP®) v2.0, BEEP for Industrial and BEEP Plus; the BOMA Energy Performance Contracting (BEPC) model; and Building Re-Tuning Training.
- The Outstanding Building of the Year® (TOBY) competition, which is the commercial real estate industry’s highest honor recognizing quality in buildings and excellence in all facets of building management, including energy management and green policies and procedures.
- Ongoing cumulative accomplishments in the areas of advocacy, education, research and other industry initiatives, many of which have been supported by grant funding for energy efficiency initiatives from BOMA International Cornerstone Partner Yardi. Among these is a recent research report created in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Unlocking Hidden Value in Class B/C Office Buildings: Best Practices for Pursuing Low-Cost, High-Impact Energy Efficiency and Green Leasing Strategies, which offers guidance and strategies for implementing energy efficiency and green leasing measures specifically tailored to the owners and operators of Class B and C office buildings.
“BOMA International is committed to providing commercial building owners and managers with the tools, education and resources they need to keep moving the industry forward in the area of sustainability,” said BOMA International Chair Scott O. Jones, PE, vice president with Jacobs. “Winning this award for a thirteenth time reflects our organization’s long track record of supporting the operation of high-performing buildings. We also want to congratulate the many member companies who have been honored with 2020 ENERGY STAR awards for their sustainability efforts.”
“I salute the 2020 ENERGY STAR award winners,” said Anne Idsal, EPA principal deputy assistant administrator for Air and Radiation. “These leaders demonstrate how energy efficiency drives economic competitiveness in tandem with environmental protection.”
For a complete list of 2020 winners and more information about ENERGY STAR’s awards program, visit energystar.gov/awardwinners.
About BOMA International
Founded in 1907, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of U.S. local associations and global affiliates. The leading trade association for commercial real estate professionals for more than 100 years, it represents the owners, managers, service providers and other property professionals of all commercial building types, including office, industrial, medical, corporate and mixed-use. BOMA International is the partner individuals in the commercial real estate industry choose to maximize value for their careers, organizations and assets. Its mission is to advance a vibrant commercial real estate industry through advocacy, influence and knowledge. Learn more at www.boma.org.
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