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Building Owners and Managers Association International

Green Buildings and Sustainability

BOMA Position

Real estate management teams, in conjunction with building occupants, can have a positive impact on the environment through a strong commitment to implement current government programs; manage hazardous waste and environmental risks; establish recycling, water and energy conservation plans; ensure healthy indoor air quality; implement “green” purchasing practices; and encourage public transportation and carpooling programs. Building owners and managers have a social responsibility to utilize “green” technologies where proven to increase building efficiency and that provide a positive return on investment (ROI).

BOMA International is committed to encouraging environmentally-friendly building practices. At our Annual Convention in June 2000, the Board of Governors endorsed EPA's Energy Star Buildings program. The Energy Star Buildings program is a voluntary energy efficiency initiative for U.S. commercial and industrial buildings that seeks to highlight building areas where owners and managers can utilize proven conservation technology to increase building profitability.

On June 19, 2001, BOMA International awarded its first Earth Award. The Earth Award was created to honor and recognize the positive environmental operations building management teams achieve in preserving the internal and external environments of their properties.

On June 26, 2005, BOMA International’s Board of Governors passed a policy position calling for BOMA International to play a leadership role in educating its membership on green buildings and the various programs available for achieving an environmentally responsible building; providing all information available to its members so they can make decisions that best reflect their needs and the marketplace within which they operate.

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