We generally try to use this blog to share our experiences and perspective on the green building business rather than bragging about our achievements. But when our clients are recognized as leaders, as two of them were at Greenbuild last week, I feel not only a right but a certain responsibility to crow about it.
At the USGBC Leadership Awards Luncheon on Thursday, Tony Malkin of Malkin Holdings was honored with the Private Sector Individual award, largely for using the high-profile Empire State Building energy retrofit analysis and process to demonstrate to owners and policy makers that retrofits make good economic sense.
Malkin has been tireless in his mission to raise awareness of the importance of energy efficiency, and has driven us and the other team members on the retrofit to share all the documentation and tools used to achieve the retrofit. Dana Schneider, Jones Lang LaSalle’s project manager on the retrofit and the building’s recently announcement LEED Gold certification, accepted the award on Tony’s behalf.
The recipient of the inaugural International Leadership Award was Deutsche Bank AG, for its forward-thinking commitment to sustainability in all of its operations. The award was accepted by Ron Herbst, Global Head of Energy & Sustainability at Deutsche Bank, who an hour earlier had participated in a highly informative panel discussion (moderated by JLL’s Michael Jordan) on how tenants can accelerate sustainability in buildings where they lease space. Congratulations to Ron and Tony, and the other award winners!
Interestingly, both Ron and Tony have developed innovative strategies to drive energy efficiency in multi-tenant buildings; but whereas Deutsche Bank’s approach means educating and motivating building owners, at the Empire State Building it is the owner and leasing staff educating and motivating tenants. Did I mention that our professionals play an active role in both initiatives? Not to brag or anything.