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October 16, 2008
 
 
 

GREEN LEADERSHIP AWARDS

We are proud to announce the 20 winners of our first annual Green Leadership Awards, which we've done in partnership with the Tower Companies, the US Green Building Council (National Capital Region), the George Washington University, and the Sustainable Business Network of Washington.

We attempted to remove ourselves from the judging and turn to these partners as our judges-they are truly experts on the subject.

We are also extremely grateful to our sponsors for their generous support: the University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering, Bowers, and  the 2000 Tower Oaks Design Team (KGD, TOLK, and SK&A). 

We want to emphasize that our mission was not to apply scientific standards in deciding the awards. In line with our general informal character, we wanted to keep it simple, and purposely just asked for one page entries. What we wanted our experts to identify were five firms in each of five separate fields that our publications serve-real estate, legal, tech, trade association, and medical-that show impressive initiatives others can look to as examples.

We were overwhelmed with entries. Many, if not most, of the firms not chosen are to be applauded as well; they are a self-selected group which clearly cares deeply about the environment. We plan to make this an annual contest and hope to showcase a new set of leaders and examples each year.

The very supportive Lerner and Abramson families, who care greatly about the environment, are personally hosting an awards reception from 6 to 8 PM on October 28 at their remarkable new joint headquarters building in Rockville. All firms that won, as well as all others who entered, should have received invitations earlier this week. (If for some reason you did not, please let us know.)  We have also invited Bisnow sponsors and a number of other interested parties. We are pleased to say there is no charge for this reception.

With that, we proudly present our 2008 Green Leaders:

 
Legal

Arnold & Porter

Offsets its travel miles by purchasing renewable energy credits for every air mile employees travel, reduced their waste by a documented 141 tons of waste, and installed a tire pump in the garage so employees and others can ensure their car tires are inflated to appropriate levels.

Bailey Law Group

Is a verified carbon neutral law firm and, as co-sponsor of the Chinese College Environmental Organizations Cooperation Forum, strives to reduce pollution and improve environmental policies in China by working with NGO's

Beveridge & Diamond

Purchases renewable energy credits up to 60 percent of its electrical usage nationally and developed a green education curriculum, which firm attorneys and professionals teach at Birney Elementary School in Anacostia.

Finnegan

Stopped providing bottled water and requires employees to use filtered; requires all cleaning and janitorial supplies to be environmentally friendly; converted restrooms to energy efficient sensored plumbing; encourages imaging instead of photocopying; and sends almost all client bills electronically instead of by paper.

Weil Gotshal & Manges

Joined Chicago Carbon Exchange to offset every air mile, amounting to a savings of 19,000 tons of carbon dioxide produced by employee air travel, and implements environmental policy in all 20 firm offices.

Real Estate

Akridge

Is the only DC company to be recognized as an Energy Star Leader "Top Performer." Throughout Earth Week, each building's green features were displayed in respective lobbies while members of the Akridge Green Team were present to describe processes contributing to the reduction of energy consumption.

Clark Construction

Built the first LEED certified professional sports stadium, Nationals Park. Internally, all coffee is fair trade, all coffee cups are compostable, and all construction waste is recycled.

Leo A Daly

Adopted the Architecture 2030 Challenge to achieve a dramatic reduction in the global warming-causing greenhouse gas emissions in the building sector by changing the way buildings and developments are planned, designed and constructed. Internally, they've increased the presence of plant life, eliminated water bottles, and provide benefits for using Metro SmarTrip.

CB Richard Ellis

Actively engages employees in Green Training and certification and provides tenants with 101 practices for them to "Go Green." By 2010, they plan to be a carbon neutral company.

Transwestern

Is the first to have policies and procedures outlining new LEED for Existing Buildings, has 224 buildings currently Energy Star benchmarked, has decreased portfolio carbon emissions by 8.24 million pounds, and added over $68 million in efficiency upgrades, and reduced energy use by 20%.

Tech

Noblis

Is responsible for the first computer recycling program instituted voluntarily by a business in Fairfax County and in the past year recycled approximately 33.9 tons (32 percent of the total Noblis waste stream).

Lore Systems

Implemented a comprehensive telework program that included investment in a new datacenter that uses 50% less power and 65% less space than the previous system.

Vista

Has instituted a green car incentive program, a teleworking initiative, and a committee of employees focused on green initiatives; the green car program offers qualifying employees up to $3,000 toward the purchase of hybrid or extremely fuel efficient vehicles.

SRA International

Formed a "Green Team" to promote cost-effective sustainable measures and helped reduce paper consumption in '08 by 20%; the firm's Arlington office received the EPA's Energy Star designation, using 32% less energy than the average building.

Tandberg

With the help of a consulting firm, measured its carbon footprint and pledged to reduce it by 10% due to air travel as well as reduced electricity usage; the firm also offers a free carbon footprint measurement tool for businesses on its website.

Associations

Building Owners and Management Association - BOMA

Partnered with Energy Star to offer low-cost, easily trackable programs for reducing energy usage in commercial buildings; and in June, released the industry's first green lease guide to "greening" a commercial real estate lease.

Consumer Electronics Association

Encourages shorter commutes by offering $25,000 in down payment assistance for employees who purchase homes in Arlington County where headquarters is located; also hosts a green conference and runs a green-education website.

American Chemical Society

Hosts the annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, actively advances green chemistry legislation, and partners with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to award "Green Chemistry Challenge Awards," recognizing newer, greener industrial products and processes.

Water Environment Federation

Is in Phase Three of its Low Carb(on) Diet program to cut electricity consumption in half, and has already: upgraded heating and cooling systems, installed a new energy management system that will allow real-time, online controls of HVAC, and (for books and journals that have to be printed) uses post-consumer, recycled-content paper.

Mechanical Contractors Association

Launched GreenContractors.us to provide green building information of interest to members, funded two sustainability research studies, and developed a designation given to companies that have shown an exceptional commitment to sustainable mechanical service.

Medical

Shady Grove Adventist

In addition to vigorous internal recycling efforts, has instituted robust education programs for employees, including an "environmental stewardship" presentation during new employee orientation and a green section in the hospital newsletter.

Inova

Established an Environmental Oversight Committee to bring structure to its environmental commitment and measure progress. All Inova hospitals have received "Making Medicine Mercury Free awards" and future construction is designed to the highest possible LEED standards.

Providence Hospital

Recycles cardboard, office paper, fluorescent bulbs, toner cartridges, kitchen grease, and refrigerant, uses photoelectric sensors on parking lot lights and motion sensors in 50% of offices, and makes standard eco-friendly drain cleaners, water saving plumbing fixtures, and snow melt products.

GW Faculty Medical Associates

Electronically downloads EOB's, saving insurance companies the need to print and mail, uses micro-technology to control chemical use, and shuts off heating and cooling at the end of the day.

Sibley Hospital

Just implemented a pharmaceutical destruction program to prevent future wastewater contamination.

 
 
 
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