The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has signed an agreement with SL Green Realty Corp. to reduce the environmental impacts of the 72 commercial properties the company owns and operates in the New York City metropolitan area.
According to the EPA, the company has agreed to improve energy and water efficiency, reduce waste, and use green landscaping practices. SL Green has also aimed to reduce energy use with a goal of a 10% reduction at each property as an ENERGY STAR Partner and adding green building practice policies to its operations manuals. SL Green will also pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification for its properties.
‘Having a major real estate developer commit to environmentally sustainable practices is very important,’ says Judith A. Enck, EPA regional administrator. ‘From using nontoxic cleaning products to investments in water conservation, there is no shortage of green ideas that the entire real estate industry can learn from.’
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