The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and New York University (NYU) have started a new initiative to tackle carbon pollution in the U.S. by encouraging tenants of commercial buildings to save energy. If successful, the initiative should not only reduce carbon dioxide pollution created by America’s buildings, but also save commercial real estate tenants money on their bills.
Thanks to an award from the new Real Green Research Challenge from CBRE (the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm), NRDC will collect and analyze energy usage info for commercial office tenants within CBRE’s portfolio and provide feedback on how they compare to their peers. This will allow NRDC and the commercial tenants to work together to help improve energy efficiency. (A recent NRDC case study shows that the first tenant to undertake this approach is projected to reduce energy use in its office space by nearly 30%, saving $1.8 million over the course of the 15-year lease.)
NRDC will also be *recognizing the nation’s top commercial tenant energy performers* by developing a rating system for comparative tenant energy use that provides a quantitative foundation for identifying and promoting energy efficient practices.
NRDC’s Yerina Mugica blogs in greater detail about the new Tenant Recognition Initiative on the NRDC Staff Blog.