Los Angeles, March 2, 2012 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded CBRE Group, Inc. (CBRE) a 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency. This marks the fifth consecutive year that CBRE has earned this award.
The 2012 Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a select group of organizations that have exhibited outstanding leadership year after year. These winners have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals, employing innovative approaches and demonstrating to others what can be achieved through energy efficiency. These awards recognize ongoing leadership across the ENERGY STAR program, including energy-efficient products, services, new homes and buildings in the commercial, industrial and public sectors. Award winners are selected from approximately 20,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.
CBRE will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on March 15, 2012, which marks the 20th anniversary of ENERGY STAR. At this ceremony, CBRE will be honored for its long-term commitment to energy efficiency. The Company assists owners and occupiers with energy efficiency programs at properties it manages around the world. In 2007, the Company mandated that all office buildings over 50,000 square feet managed by its U.S. Asset Services Group be registered with ENERGY STAR. Today, more than 1,500 CBRE-managed buildings, or 260 million square feet, are participating in the program, significantly more than any other third-party management firm. By year-end 2011, more than 300 of these properties had been recognized for exemplary performance by ENERGY STAR through the award of the ENERGY STAR plaque.
“We are again greatly honored to be recognized by EPA, and this award attests to the continued efforts of our clients, employees and tenants who work hard to make a difference,” said David Pogue, global director of sustainability and head of the Company’s green initiatives. “Sustainability is a core value of CBRE and we rely on EPA’s ENERGY STAR program as a key partner in our efforts to improve the workplace environment of the space we manage and occupy across the U.S.”
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. Nearly 500 CBRE professionals globally have earned LEED® Professional Credentials and CBRE currently manages nearly 190 buildings certified under the LEED for Existing Buildings rating system, demonstrating its 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 11,000 attendees.
“As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ENERGY STAR program, EPA is proud to recognize CBRE with the 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “CBRE and all our ENERGY STAR award winners are helping Americans find cost-effective ways to save energy in everything we do, which is good for our climate, our health, and our future.”
CBRE 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 2011 revenue). The Company has approximately 34,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 300 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE 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.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. About 20,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, buildings and businesses. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).