Thursday, April 26, 2012

BOMA Bay Area EARTH Awards Luncheon Highlights Environmental Sustainability in the Industry

BOMA San Francisco Members:

BOMA member buildings in the Bay Area whose tenants composted their organics, slashed energy use and promoted alternative transportation methods won the top honors this year for sustainability in the BOMA Bay Area EARTH Award competition.  Thank you to the 37 BOMA member buildings from across the Bay Area who submitted their applications

Bay Area EARTH Awards were presented on April 16, 2012 to commercial buildings with top-rated sustainability programs at an event hosted by BOMA San Francisco and BOMA Oakland/East Bay. This was the sixth annual awards event and the second year that BOMA Oakland/East Bay participated.

The EARTH Awards recognize commercial property owners and managers for the most comprehensive resource management practices – including recycling, energy and water conservation, air quality and toxic reduction programs, support for public transit and tenant education programs that promote sustainability. Eighty-seven criteria are considered in the judging. Some specific practices include: composting hand towels in restrooms, motion sensors in stairwells and environmentally favorable purchasing standards.

The EARTH Awards is a multi-purpose program designed to analyze, educate, recognize and repeat. The program analyzes the most sustainable building operation practices, educates properties about methodologies through the application process, recognizes properties that are excelling, and repeats the process.

The awards are grouped by building size (large, medium and small).  Below are the buildings and their respective management companies.

Winners of the 2012 BOMA EARTH awards are:

Large Commercial Property Winners (over 600,000 square feet): 
  • 1st Place – One Sansome Street (San Francisco) – Baker Pacific Group
  • 2nd Place – Federal Building (San Francisco) – General Services Administration
  • 3rd Place – One Market Plaza (San Francisco) – Paramount Group, Inc.

Medium Commercial Property Winners (300,000 to 600,000 square feet): 
  • 1st Place – 2100 Powell Street (Oakland) – Hines Interests Limited Partnership
  • 2nd Place – 100 Pine Street (San Francisco) – CB Richard Ellis
  • 3rd Place – Pleasanton Corporate Commons (Pleasanton) – Hines

Small Commercial Property Winners (under 300,000 square feet):
  • 1st Place – 180 Grand Street (Oakland) –  CB Richard Ellis
  • 2nd Place – 505 14th Street (Oakland) – CB Richard Ellis
  • 3rd Place – 1300 Clay Street (Oakland) – CB Richard Ellis

The EARTH Awards are just one of many innovative green programs offered to BOMA members. The BOMA Energy Efficiency Program (BEEP) seminars teach principals of energy management and use of the Energy Star® Portfolio Manger Tools. The BOMA 360 Performance Program recognizes buildings that show excellent performance in the areas of energy efficiency and management, sustainability, operations and other practices. BOMA also offers classes towards LEED professional accreditation.

BOMA San Francisco and BOMA Oakland/East Bay are not-for-profit commercial real estate trade associations. BOMA’s labor, legislative and public affairs services create better business conditions for commercial real estate owners and managers. Its training programs enhance effective building operations, which add value to the bottom line. The associations are members of BOMA California and federated with BOMA International, an organization consisting of 100 local associations throughout North America as well as several affiliated BOMA groups worldwide.

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