SUSTAINABILITY & SOCIAL IMPACT AT YOUR BUILDING
As a company, all of us at Columbia are committed to making a positive impact on all our stakeholders and the communities in which we operate. We work to engage all those who work in our buildings in this process, and believe that, by working together to achieve our shared goals, we can reduce our collective negative impacts on the environment, create positive change, and build a more sustainable and equitable future.
We also take a comprehensive approach to ensuring our buildings are equipped to provide healthy, efficient, productive, and sustainable experiences across our portfolio. Through sustainability focused programs, green/clean services, and community engagement, we partner with our tenants to achieve environmental goals, encourage efficient operations and conservation of resources, and promote sustainable, healthy communities.
SUSTAINABILITY, ENERGY CONSERVATION & GREEN SERVICES
OPERATING HEALTHY BUILDINGS
Columbia Property Trust is committed to pursuing a comprehensive approach to health and wellness at our buildings and to providing our tenants and their employees confidence that their buildings offer safe and supportive work environments.
315 PAS has earned the following third-party recognition for best-in-class health, wellness, and safety programs at the building.
Fitwel is an industry leading building wellness health and wellness certification program developed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Property features such as location, walkability and transit options, outdoor spaces, access to daylight and views of nature in workspaces, access to water supplies, fitness amenities, and other evidence-based criteria that create healthy, attractive work environments were assessed. To learn more about the Fitwel benchmarking program, visit fitwel.org.
LEED Gold Certification
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a green building certification program run by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED-certified buildings use less energy and water, put out less waste, save on maintenance costs, offer improved indoor air quality, and focus on health and wellness. To learn more about LEED certification, visit usgbc.org.
ENERGY STAR Certification
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® program certifies properties that implement superior energy efficiency practices, follow responsible water usage, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. ENERGY STAR-certified buildings use 35% less energy and cause 35% fewer greenhouse emissions than their peers on average. To learn more about the EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification program, visit energystar.gov.
2022 Operating Office Building of the Year
The Building Owners & Managers Association of Greater New York (BOMA New York), is the Greater New York area’s federation of BOMA International, the world’s largest trade association, focused on promoting programs and services for the advancement of the real estate industry. 315 PAS was awarded the 2022 Pinnacle Award for Operating Office Building of the Year in the category of 250k-499k square feet for its outstanding performance in sustainability, efficiency, and wellness for building occupants.
ENERGY STAR FOR TENANTS
Columbia is proud to have been recognized the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR program as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence. We invite all our tenant companies to join us in advancing the program’s efforts to reduce energy and water usage and create more efficient operations at our buildings.
The best way you can join this effort is by participating in ENERGY STAR® Tenant Space, a new EPA recognition program for sustainability efforts in your leased office space. Energy efficient office spaces can lead to lower utility bills and fewer greenhouse gas emissions in our atmosphere.
New Legislation will soon require that tenants in many major cities like New York and Washington, D.C., report benchmarking and energy efficiency grading of their own office spaces. The ENERGY STAR® Tenant Space program is a great first step to meeting this requirement. Your Property Management Team is here to partner with you, provide guidance and answer questions. To learn more about the program, criteria, and tips on how to prepare, visit energystar.gov.
TENANT COMPLIANCE FOR RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND REPORTING
Your assistance toward our goal of conserving energy and water and increasing efficiency is important. In addition to the obvious environmental benefits of energy conservation, your efforts can help to lower building operating costs.
Please help us reduce our energy and water usage by complying with the following suggestions for resource management, as well as any additional requirements that may be included in your company’s lease language:
Energy and Water Use Data
Tenants are asked to share their energy and water use data with the landlord for use in reporting whole building performance data to ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, for purposes of compliance with local laws and tracking progress toward Columbia’s energy efficiency goals.
In turn, Columbia provides all tenants access to the building’s ENERGY STAR score on our website www.315pas.com. We also can provide additional select energy and water performance data to tenants upon request, for use in your company’s own environmental tracking and reporting programs. To make such a request on your company’s behalf, please contact the Property Management Office.
OUR GREEN CLEANING POLICY
Columbia’s comprehensive Green Cleaning program includes sustainable cleaning systems and products to maintain a clean and healthy indoor environment for all occupants and foster longevity and efficient performance of our facilities and materials.
We strive to coordinate cleaning with other basic environmental management strategies in place, including controlling pollution and waste by reducing consumables, limiting indoor-polluting activities, ventilating buildings to reduce indoor contaminants, and designing buildings and ventilations systems to optimize indoor air quality.
Our protocols require the use of cleaning products, hygiene supplies, and hand soaps and sanitizers that meet the applicable standards for Green Seal, UL Ecologo, EPA Safer Choice, or similar programs, and we are committed to minimizing environmental impacts by ensuring procurement of products that have reduced toxicity, conserve natural resources, energy, and materials, and maximize recyclability and recycled content. Our cleaning products and materials are regularly logged and audited, and we also provide regular training for our team members and service providers to help ensure full compliance.
At 315 PAS, we employ the following measures and products as part of our Green Cleaning program:
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