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    • IREM Sustainability Property Challenge Launched

      IREM and the City of Houston Collaborate to
      Boost Local Whole-Building Sustainability Efforts


      IREM and the City of Houston have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining a collaborative relationship to encourage local building owners and managers and individual property tenants to combine efforts in order to step up whole-building sustainability activities. Participating properties and tenant spaces will engage in a sustainability “challenge” comprised of two parts: the Houston Green Office Challenge and the IREM Sustainable Property Challenge. The goal: To improve the resource conservation, performance, and indoor environments of commercial real estate throughout the city.

      IREM’s major role will be to promote and administer the IREM Sustainability Property Challenge, launched last year as part of the IREM Sustainability program, which also includes a sustainability platform and the IREM Certified Sustainable Property Certification. The challenge is a friendly, cost-free competition for individual properties. The challenge and other aspects of IREM’s program are driven by the Green Per Square Foot online platform.

      Looking both to commercial property managers and office tenants to demonstrate leadership in environmental performance, the City of Houston will focus on promoting and administering the Houston Green Office Challenge, a competition first launched in 2011, that acknowledges property tenants for their achievements in greening their operations through Mayoral and media recognition. The Houston Green Office Challenge also is driven by the Green Per Square Foot online platform.

      Locally, the combined challenges will be known as the Houston Green Office Challenge+IREM Sustainable Property Challenge and will call for completion of activities drawn from seven main categories: education and outreach; energy; water conservation; materials and waste; interiors, exteriors and purchasing; transportation, and stakeholder engagement. Completing activities earns points, and points move participants up a leader board, with top performers rewarded with prizes and public recognition.

      IREM and the City of Houston will work together to engage participants, facilitate educational events, and provide information on how property managers and tenants can work together to improve whole-building sustainability.

      IREM SUSTAINABILITY: www.iremsustainability.com is a dedicated website that contains detailed information on all components of the sustainability program, including applying for certification. Challenge participants from any location, including Houston, may enroll properties or spaces through this website.

      HOUSTON GREEN OFFICE CHALLENGE: www.houstongoc.org is a dedicated website through which Houston tenants and spaces may enroll in the Houston Green Office Challenge+IREM Sustainable Property Challenge.

    • Adopt-A-Troop!

       

      We are holding our Annual IREM "Support the Troops" Drive through October. Items will be assembled into care packages and shipped overseas to arrive in time for the holidays. If you would like to donate store-bought items click here for the Donation Flyer and a list of needed supplies. If you want to have a collection or drive at your building, click here for the Donation Letter and drive details. We're also in need of a generous $1,200 Shipping Sponsor to help with the costs of sending our packages to 200 Texas-based Troops serving overseas. Call 713-783-9225 if you have questions or can donate. Want to contribute cash to the cause? Click here and enter the word Troops in the invoice number field. We greatly appreciate any amount of support!