Take the W2 Challenge
BOMA INITIATIVE ADDRESSES WATER CONSERVATION AND WASTE MANAGEMENT
Looking to take your sustainability efforts
to new heights? Join the more than 700
commercial properties that already have
signed up to participate in BOMA International’s
W2 Challenge, a two-year initiative to encourage
commercial real estate professionals to
benchmark water and waste consumption
and improve performance.
Launching Jan. 1, 2018, the W2 Challenge addresses two timely
issues facing the commercial real estate industry. Water costs continue to rise in the face of droughts and infrastructure challenges,
and waste minimization has become an industry priority, driven by
rising material and disposal costs, regulatory pressures and changing consumer preferences. Waste and water are the next step in
The W2 Challenge is open to any real estate professional who
owns or operates a commercial property or facility—or even an entire
portfolio. The program will utilize ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager,
which is already widely used across the industry for energy benchmarking. The first year of the challenge will establish a baseline of
water and waste consumption and costs, and the second year will
promote performance improvements.
To get things started, ENERGY STAR will provide free training
to participants on how to benchmark water and waste in Portfolio
Manager. Over the course of the challenge, participants also will
receive progress reports, as well as guidance and best practices from
ENERGY STAR, BOMA International and industry partners.
Participation in the W2 Challenge will allow property professionals
to better understand and track individual building consumption and
compare performance to peers. The program also will make this data
actionable by providing training and guidance on how to improve
water and waste management practices and reduce operating costs.
Additionally, the challenge will offer industry leaders the opportunity to have their sustainability achievements highlighted. All
participants will be recognized for accepting the challenge, and buildings and portfolios that show improvement in performance also will
receive special recognition for their leadership.
For the commercial real estate industry as a
whole, the W2 Challenge will provide critical information to enable reductions in waste and water
on a large scale. Building owners and managers will have a convenient vehicle to track water
consumption, waste output and associated costs.
The resulting data will demonstrate the opportuni-
ties for operating cost savings through the implementation of best
practices for water and waste management, as well as establish the
potential effects of voluntary performance improvements for use in
industry research and advocacy efforts. The program has the unique
potential to take the industry beyond energy efficiency to the next
level of sustainable best practices.
The W2 Challenge runs from January 2018 through 2019.
Participants only need access to regular water and waste consumption and cost information for the purposes of benchmarking, as well
as an active ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager account for each participating building.
A commitment to tracking both water and waste is encouraged,
but participants may join either portion of the challenge if faced with
insurmountable reporting difficulties. Properties that are already
maintaining water and waste data also are encouraged to sign up,
since they can establish a longer baseline and receive credit for
efforts already underway.
Visit www.boma.org/W2 to sign up now and get your sustainability
efforts revved up for the new year.
BOMA International’s W2 Challenge was established with the support
of a generous grant from Yardi and in partnership with BOMA local
associations across the United States. B
Ken Rosenfeld is the Director of State and Local Affairs for BOMA
International. He can be reached at email@example.com.
BY KEN ROSENFELD