HOUSTON GREEN OFFICE CHALLENGE ANNOUNCES AWARDS
City of Houston Celebrates Sustainable Business Leaders
December 23, 2015 -- The City of Houston, in partnership with the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), announced the winners of the City’s 2015 Houston Green Office Challenge.
Over the course of the 2015 Challenge, the City of Houston provided over 15 training workshops, webinars, networking opportunities and other resources to help office building owners, property managers, facility managers, and tenants increase their environmental and economic performance. The training was focused energy and water efficiency, waste reduction and cleaner transportation as well as property management and employee engagement. Nearly 37.5 million square feet of office buildings and tenant spaces participated in the program and real estate industry leaders actively showcased their sustainability efforts. There was an average source energy use intensity (EUI) reduction of 17% by the end of the Challenge year.
“Houston Green Office Challenge is a great opportunity for Lincoln Property Company to monumentalize our environmentally friendly practices. It has also facilitated the engagement of tenants, encouraging them to benchmark efforts in reducing their environmental impact while saving money and driving positive business results,” said Maria L. Flores, V.P. of Property Management. “We’re proud of what the Houston team has accomplished and are thrilled with the achievements of Energy Crossing and all the LPC properties who ranked among the top in the city.”
Businesses and non-profit organizations were able to share leading practices and their experiences through the Challenge, which emphasized the program’s focus on peer learning and peer exchange. Participants’ milestones and successes were measured at the end of the challenge year culminating in recognition and the following awards:
Top Property Management Winner:
Lincoln Property Company
Top Property Winner:
Lincoln Property Company - Energy Crossing I
1st Place: Walter P Moore
2nd Place: Accenture
3rd Place: WHR Architects
Non-Profit Organization Winner:
Air Alliance Houston
Top recognition went to those companies with active and engaged green teams who strategized to socialize the success of internal environmental efforts and create excitement around employee campaigns. Of all the challenge activities in the program, participating companies focused on implementing education and outreach programs in the challenge year.
“As a sustainability leader within the engineering industry, Walter P Moore strives to educate themselves, clients, and peers on innovative and elegant solutions that reduce their environmental impact. “The Houston Green Office Challenge was part of a collaborative effort between all engineering groups at Walter P Moore to further our sustainable initiatives across the city,” said Joe Fong, Senior Associate at Walter P Moore. “This program has allowed us to continue with our sustainability efforts, but also challenge the company as a whole to seek out new ways to be a green office!”
“We are delighted to be recognized by the City of Houston for our contribution to the Houston Green Office Challenge,” said Blake Pounds, Accenture Houston Office Managing Director. “It is a terrific initiative that mobilized our team to think outside the box about reducing our environmental footprint and improving our overall working environment. For example, our team reached out to the property manager and encouraged collaboration with other occupants to promote sustainable practices within the entire building, not just our offices.”
The City of Houston is dedicated to promoting initiatives that improve air, land and water quality; and support and expand renewable energy, energy efficiency, green buildings, recycling and composting, active and clean transportation options, local food production and more livable and vibrant neighborhoods.
The City of Houston is one of the nation’s largest municipal purchasers of green power, with half of the City’s electricity coming from renewable sources. To increase its renewable energy portfolio, the City has approved a 30 megawatt solar power purchase agreement in November 2015. The City has also retrofitted all traffic lights and is in the process of retrofitting 165,000 street lights with LED technology. Additionally, the City passed an anti-idling ordinance to improve air quality in the community and a commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program to enable water and energy-saving retrofits and distributed generation.
The 2015 Houston Green Office Challenge is sponsored by Shell, Office Depot, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, and Central Houston.