Earth Day is now in the rearview mir- ror, but that doesn’t mean you should
focus any less on fostering sustainability
in your facilities. In that respect, BOMA
offers five tips to expand active efforts in
efficiency and resilience that are easy to
enact throughout the year.
“BOMA International has long been
committed to supporting sustainabil-
ity in commercial real estate through
educational offerings and innovative
programs, such as the BOMA Energy
Performance Contracting Model,” says
BOMA International Chair Brian M.
Harnetiaux, Senior Vice President of
Asset Management at McCarthy Cook.
“Not only do property professionals
greatly impact how efficiently buildings
are run, but they also are ideally posi-
tioned to keep their tenants and com-
munities informed of current green best
BOMA posits the following five tips to
better facilitate a sustainable future:
1) Add a green section to your newslet-
ter. Integrating sustainability tips in
your communications plan can help
spark and reinforce green behavior.
Suggestions for waste reduction, lower
energy use and recycling programs
can be a simple yet effective addition
to facility-wide announcements.
2)Discuss sustainability goals. Have
conversations with tenants and occu-
pants to support sustainability on an
individual level. Find ways to facilitate
what they are already doing and hope
to do in the future.
3)Share sustainability successes. If
you are able to find ways to improve
energy usage, reduce waste or win any
sustainable recognition, share these
successes. Doing so sends a positive
message to building occupants about
maintaining an efficient environment.
4)Improve your signage. Green features
serve little purpose if nobody knows
they exist. Make sure they are clearly
visible for use. BOMA cites examples
of easy-to-locate bike racks and a list
of acceptable materials for recycling
next to bins.
5)Host a recycling event. An event that
engages building occupants and the
rest of the community can provide
a successful means to reduce waste,
especially if people can drop off items
that are more difficult to recycle, such
as batteries, LED light bulbs and old
computers and printers, according to
5 Tips to Promote Sustainable Practices
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GREEN FEATURES, like bike racks, can go unused if they are not readily visible and
available to building occupants. Make sure they stand out in your facility.