Forest City was recently recognized as a 2018 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year at a ceremony hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. The award honors companies for outstanding contributions to public health and the environment and for demonstrating national leadership in energy efficiency.
Joyce Mihalik, Forest City's vice president of Integrative Design Services, and Jill Ziegler, who leads our Corporate Responsibility efforts, accepted the award on behalf of the company.
"This prestigious award recognizes our collective efforts to manage and reduce energy usage across our high-quality portfolio and our shared commitment to our core values," said David LaRue, Forest City's president and CEO. "Our strategic focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance is driven by leveraging best-in-class systems and programs like ENERGY STAR to help create sustainable value for all stakeholders."
Forest City was recognized as Partner of the Year in the category of Energy Management for demonstrating improved energy performance of buildings through a companywide energy program. ENERGY STAR is implemented into all aspects of our portfolio, from specifying efficient appliances in new construction to benchmarking 100 percent of our properties into ENERGY STAR's energy management and tracking tool.
To put the company's conservation achievements into perspective, our energy savings last year reflected a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions equal to the emissions generated from the annual energy use of 16,722 homes or switching 5,182,919 light bulbs to LEDs.
From left to right: Joyce Mihalik, vice president, Integrative Design Services; Jacob Moss, deputy director, Climate Protection Partnerships Division, US Environmental Protection Agency; Jill Ziegler, manager, Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility
Key 2017 accomplishments include:
Improving our average portfolio ENERGY STAR score by 6 percent over 2016.
Achieving ENERGY STAR Certification for six office and four multifamily residential properties.
Requiring 100 percent of new homes built in our Stapleton community to be ENERGY STAR certified, representing the largest ENERGY STAR community in Colorado.
Participating as a charter tenant in the ENERGY STAR Tenant Space pilot program with our new Key Tower HQ.
Training all apartment management teams on our custom, internal energy reporting dashboards that are linked directly to ENERGY STAR's energy management and tracking tool.
Procuring hundreds of ENERGY STAR appliances for our existing apartment homes via national contracts with ENERGY STAR partners.
Communicating ENERGY STAR benefits to all residents and tenants in certified buildings via posted logo signage, newsletters and in-person meetings.
Incorporating benefits of the ENERGY STAR products and other energy and water-saving features in our apartments into leasing materials.
"This national recognition highlights and celebrates the impressive impact of our sustainability efforts," said Ziegler. "It is particularly gratifying to have our collective hard work and accomplishments be acknowledged by two leading organizations in the industry."