Green Lease Leaders Webinar: Using the Lease to Drive Clean Energy Innovation, Health & Wellness, and Better Tenant Engagement

Landlord and tenant companies representing commercial, industrial, and retail buildings can achieve billions of dollars in annual energy savings and unlock other win-win benefits with a green, high-performance lease. In 2018, IMT and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance profiled Gold-level Green Lease Leaders for their innovative efforts to drive efficiency, clean energy, health & wellness, and smart landlord-tenant engagement strategies in their properties.

Watch IMT and the DOE Better Buildings' webinar for advice on how to get started enhancing your lease, learn how to apply to become a Green Lease Leader in 2019, and hear success stories and insights from Green Lease Leaders Kilroy Realty Corporation and JBG SMITH.

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Making the Business Case for High-Performance Buildings

The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), with support from the U.S. Department of Energy, produced The Business Case for High-Performance Buildings, a tailored course for real estate brokerage professionals to learn about the real costs and benefits of high-performance buildings and how to best support their clients.

A version of this course has been taught in person and approved for continuing education credits in several states. To inquire about scheduling a course for your organization’s brokerage team, please reach out to


The course covers the following:

  • Major drivers for high-performance building demand
  • How energy impacts economic performance
  • Resources available for industry professionals
  • Local policy impact on commercial transactions
  • Financial benefits of high-performance buildings
  • Supporting the integration of energy factors in leasing process (“green leasing”)

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Putting Green Leases Into Action

On June 3rd, 2015, the Southwest Energy Efficiency Program hosted the webinar Putting Green Leases Into Action.

The webinar featured the experience of Unico Properties as they implemented energy-aligned leasing terms throughout their real estate portfolio.

Adam Knoff, Unico Properties
Lauren Smith, Southwest Energy Efficiency Program (SWEEP)
Andrew Feierman, Program Associate, Institute for Market Transformation

Click here for a recording of the webinar.
Click here to view the slides from the webinar.

Are You a Green Lease Leader? Aligning Tenants and Landlords on Saving Energy

On April 15th, 2014, the LA Better Buildings Challenge presented the webinar Are You a Green Lease Leader?: Aligning Tenants and Landlords on Saving Energy.

This webinar discussed the Green Lease Leaders program, and went into detail on the program is helping to cross the landlord-tenant divide. Kilroy Realty provided specific examples of how they implemented green clauses into their portfolio, and how tenants reacted to such changes.

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Sara Neff, MBA, LEED AP,  Vice President, Sustainability  Kilroy Realty
Andrew Feierman, Program Associate, Institute for Market Transformation
Jacob Dowling, Associate Consultant, JDM Associates

Ben Stapleton, Director – Commercial Property, LA Better Buildings Challenge

Everything You Need to Become a Green Lease Leader in 2015

On March 11th, 2015, IMT and JDM Associates presented a webinar on Everything You Need to Become a Green Lease Leader. The Green Lease Leaders designation was created to recognize landlords, brokers, and tenants who successfully execute leases with sustainability and energy efficiency in mind.

The webinar describes the program's requirements, and provides samples clauses for viewers to better understand the components of a green lease.

To view a recording of the webinar, click here.
To download the slides from the webinar, click here.

DOE Building Technologies Webinar: Tools and Best Practices for Implementing Green Leasing

On March 26th 2012, The Department of Energy and Commercial Building Energy Alliance stakeholders held a webinar discussing how to use green leasing (or energy-efficient leasing) to overcome challenges presented by misaligned incentives between building owners and tenants in increasing the energy efficiency of commercial buildings.

View the PDF of the webinar slides HERE
View the PDF of the Q/A session HERE

Below is a clip of Adam Sledd (Institute for Market Transformation) defining green leasing on the webinar:

Obstacles to implementing a green lease:

Types of commercial leases and the split incentive issue:

Steve Teitelbaum, author of the BOMA Green Lease Guide, gives an overview of resources for implementing green leases

Part 2 of overview

Part 3 of overview

GSA's Alexandra Kosmides provides a background to GSA's green leasing policies

Jim Nobil (GSA) details the ENERGY STAR requirement in GSA's lease clauses

Note: Any opinions expressed by the webinar speakers or in materials found in the library are not representative of the opinions of the Green Lease Library partner organizations.