Los Angeles – March 28, 2011 – CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. (CBRE) announced today that 414 million square feet of properties it manages for clients participated in WWF’s Earth Hour 2011. In addition, CBRE influenced an estimated 1.6 million of those properties’ occupants to participate in the event. CBRE joined a diverse roster of leading businesses in supporting this global initiative.
On Saturday, March 26, 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. local time, Earth Hour took place in a record 134 countries, with hundreds of millions of people in thousands of communities taking part. Earth Hour is a movement that unites cities, businesses, schools, organizations and individuals around the globe by turning out lights for one hour in a symbolic and unified call for action on climate change.
In 2007, CBRE became the first and only commercial real estate services firm to commit to becoming carbon neutral in its own operations. CBRE also assists property owners and occupiers with energy efficiency programs at the building space it manages globally. As the leading commercial real estate services firm, CBRE was uniquely positioned to influence participation in Earth Hour around the world.
“By taking part in Earth Hour 2011, we sent a powerful message that CBRE clients, tenants and employees stand united with people across the globe in their commitment to environmental sustainability,” said David L. Pogue, national director of sustainability and head of the company’s green initiative.
To further increase environmental awareness and encourage participation, CBRE has developed “101 Tips Toward a Greener Tomorrow,” which serve as a green guide for resource conservation. “101 Tips” are available for use in commercial buildings, tenant office space, the home and travel, and support the Company’s client-focused Standards of Sustainability.
In the U.S., CBRE offers a wide range of sustainability programs including the establishment of the Green Knights, a nationwide team of sustainability advocates within the Company’s Asset Services and Global Corporate Services teams, which has more than 100 participants. More than 450 CBRE professionals globally have earned LEED® Professional Credentials and CBRE currently manages nearly 150 buildings certified under the LEED for Existing Buildings rating system, demonstrating the Company’s leadership in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program, the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. Additionally, CBRE conducts BOMA BEEP (Building Owners and Managers Association’s Energy Efficiency Program) classes, a comprehensive training for overall energy and sustainability, which have attracted more than 9,500 attendees.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has again awarded CB Richard Ellis the ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency. CBRE has been an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for four years in a row.
About CB Richard Ellis
CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm (in terms of 2010 revenue). The Company has approximately 31,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 300 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CB Richard Ellis offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our Web site at www.cbre.com.