Developers Embrace Going Green

Many New York City developers are embracing environmental standards by building or retrofitting buildings to become LEED certified.

“Any developer planning to put a new building up today in New York—starting with office buildings—in order to be competitive in the marketplace, needs to build a sustainable building,” said Guy Geier, managing partner at FXFOWLE Architects.

According to City & State, since April 2012, 324 buildings have obtained LEED certification, including 178 for certified commercial interiors, 76 for new construction projects, 51 for existing buildings, 16 for new construction projects leaving out interiors (or “core and shell”) and three neighborhood development projects led by the Columbia University expansion in Harlem.

“Owners don’t want to have an asset that’s outdated,” said Russell Unger, Urban Green Council director. “Many large tenants have policies for environmental impacts, and they’re asking for this. And if you miss out on one significant tenant, you would have lost out on more money than the incremental cost of getting certified.”

“Greening” existing buildings, such as the Empire State Building can be more difficult and more expensive. Anthony E. Malkin, responsible for the retrofitting project, received accolades for completing the $20 million project two years ago. The project reduced the Empire State Building’s energy use by an estimated 38 percent and energy costs by $4.4 million annually. The building will emit an estimated 105,000 fewer metric tons of carbon emissions over the next 15 years.

“The trick is to do it in a way that doesn’t necessarily affect existing tenants,” said Geier. “[Malkin] was impressive because he was able to renovate the entire building over a relatively quick period of time, but he was also rolling a lot of rents, changing the tenant mix from small tenants … to getting tenants into full floors or half floors. That strategy appears to be working.”

Source: City and State NY

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Nov
19

River Clean Up Initiative

More than 2,000 volunteers picked up more than 14,000 pounds of trash over a 50 mile stretch of river including 23 miles encompassing the American River Parkway. The initiative was “spearheaded” by Dart Container Corporation for the fifth year in partnership with the American River Parkway Foundation.

“One thing we’re very proud of this year is that what I call ‘water-based folks’ — boaters, divers, kayakers and canoeists — joined in,” said Stacy Springer, Event/Volunteer Coordinator of American River Parkway Foundation. Springer is one of three full-time staff at the nonprofit foundation.

During the cleanup Dart hosted a one-day foam drop-off station for residents to recycle and drop off foam products. Dart collected all the clean foam, such as cups, plates and protective packaging.

“The Great American River Clean Up continues to make an impact on the Sacramento community, and we’re grateful to have the long-term support of Dart,” said Springer. “We appreciate Dart’s dedication to preserving the Parkway and educating the community about recycling foam rather than littering or adding to our landfills.”

Dart employees not only demonstrate the power of beautification, but they help educate the public by showing how foam products are recycled. Anything labeled with the number six is recyclable and can be turned into popular products, such as, picture frames, crown molding and agriculture containers.

“We’re honored to partner with the American River Parkway Foundation for a fifth year. It’s a great collaborative effort to help the community clean up one of Sacramento’s most beautiful outdoor spaces, and educate residents about the value of recycling foam,” said Michael Westerfield, Corporate Director of Recycling Programs at Dart Container.

Dart Container employs over 7,500 people in 20 facilities in 6 countries. Kenneth Dart currently serves on the Board of Directors of Dart Container Corporation, which is the world’s leading manufacturer of foam cups and other food services products.

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Nov
12