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2016 REME Award Winner: Sustainability Best Practices

May 17, 2017 | IREM Staff

There’s a reason SL Green won the 2016 IREM REME Award for Sustainability, and it’s the same reason they’ve been named one of the greenest businesses in the U.S. by Newsweek magazine three years running.

They are actively transforming the performance of New York City’s commercial buildings. As the city’s largest commercial landlord, SL Green is responsible for implementing sustainability best practices, operating at the highest efficiency standards, strengthening their community’s resiliency and thus transforming the performance of New York City’s commercial buildings.

Nowhere was this demonstrated more clearly than in their REME Award-winning initiative. When Viacom International renewed their lease with SL Green for space at 1515 Broadway, the commitment to sustainability made by both companies’ executive teams resulted in a winning partnership that spawned over seventeen efficiency initiatives and maximized sustainability performance. Inspiration for this project was two-fold. First, Viacom's employee population expresses sustainability as a top priority, so it was critical that the renovation reflect these values. Second, SL Green has a corporate culture of integrating sustainability into all operational decisions and policies.

Ellen Albert, Executive Vice President, Core Services, Viacom, stated: “As a fundamental value embodied by Viacom’s executive team and employees, we worked closely with SL Green to push the boundaries beyond industry standards for office sustainability. We are proud that our headquarters epitomize paramount efficiency in the built environment.”

Check out the full story in the March/April edition of JPM.

Does your company have a great sustainability program or initiative? Get the recognition you deserve and submit for a 2017 REME Award by June 1!

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