Urban Land Institute Earns 2021 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award
WASHINGTON – The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has received the 2021 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award for its efforts in promoting energy efficient and sustainable buildings, and for its thought leadership on energy conservation throughout the real estate sector. The Urban Land Institute is a global, member-driven organization comprising more than 45,000 real estate and urban development professionals dedicated to advancing the Institute’s mission of shaping the future of the built environment for transformative impact in communities worldwide.
This award recognizes ENERGY STAR® partner businesses and organizations in good standing that demonstrate superior leadership, innovation, and commitment to environmental protection through energy efficiency.
“ENERGY STAR® is a foundational resource for energy efficient and high-performance buildings,” said Marta Schantz, senior vice president for ULI’s Greenprint Center for Building Performance. “ULI is proud to be a partner as we make the business case for green buildings to our real estate members and across the built environment. We believe that reducing carbon increases building value, and our collaboration with ENERGY STAR® supports that case across building types and stakeholder groups nationwide.”
“ENERGY STAR® award-winning partners are showing the world that delivering real climate solutions makes good business sense and promotes job growth,” said Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael S. Regan. “Many of them have been doing it for years, inspiring all of us who are committed to tackling the climate crisis and leading the way to a clean energy economy.”
ULI promoted myriad facets of ENERGY STAR® to its 40,000+ U.S. real estate members in 2020 regarding tenant fit-outs, city benchmarking, and class B/C offices via reports, articles, and webinars, including:
- Increasing the body of work on energy efficient tenant fit-outs through ULI’s Tenant Energy Optimization Program (TEOP), which relies on and aligns with ENERGY STAR® Tenant Spaces, ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager, and ENERGY STAR® certified products;
- Educating the Class B/C office market on the hidden value of energy efficiency in their buildings by publishing reports that highlight ENERGY STAR® resources for the Class B/C audience; and
- Incorporating ENERGY STAR® highlights into many ULI reports, including the “Greenprint Volume 11 Performance Report,” the “ULI Blueprint for Green Real Estate”, “Decarbonizing the Built Environment: 10 Principles for Climate Mitigation Policies,” “Unlocking Hidden Value in Class B/C Offices,” and four TEOP resources for Multifamily, Architects, Net Zero, and ENERGY STAR® Tenant Spaces, among other measures.
ULI also congratulates its Greenprint members who received the award: Boston Properties, CommonWealth Partners, Hudson Pacific Properties, Jamestown, Kilroy Realty Corporation, LaSalle Investment Management, LBA Realty, Nuveen, SL Green, and Tishman Speyer.
The Greenprint Center for Building Performance is part of ULI’s research arm focused on climate mitigation, making the business case for green buildings by tying reductions in carbon emissions to increases in asset value. Greenprint covers topics ranging from city/real estate climate policy to sustainable tenant fitouts to net zero and everything in between. Greenprint also includes a worldwide alliance of leading real estate owners, investors, and strategic partners committed to improving the environmental performance of the global real estate industry. Through benchmarking, knowledge sharing, and implementation, Greenprint and its members strive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030 – and now – to achieve net zero carbon operations by 2050. The over 40 members of Greenprint hold over 302 million square meters (over 2.37 billion square feet) of office, multifamily, industrial retail, and hotel property in 10,000-plus buildings in the portfolio located across 32 countries. Greenprint real estate members own over $1.18 trillion (€1.0 trillion) of real estate assets under management, which is almost 5 percent of the value of high-quality commercial properties globally.
Each year, the ENERGY STAR® program honors a group of businesses and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy achievements. ENERGY STAR® Award Winners lead their industries in the production, sale, and adoption of energy-efficient products, services, and strategies. These efforts are essential to fighting the climate crisis and protecting public health.
Winners are selected from a network of thousands of ENERGY STAR® partners. For a complete list of 2021 winners and more information about ENERGY STAR®’s awards program, visit energystar.gov/awardwinners.
About ENERGY STAR®
ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations—including more than 40 percent of the Fortune 500®—rely on their partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped American families and businesses avoid more than $450 billion in energy costs and achieve 4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions. More background information about ENERGY STAR can be found at: https://www.energystar.gov/about and https://www.energystar.gov/about/origins_mission/energy_star_numbers
The Urban Land Institute is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to shape the future of the built environment for transformative impact in communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the institute has more than 45,000 members worldwide representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.