The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) recently published the Shopping Center Study Green Lease, a guide for creating and understanding shopping center leases that address sustainable, environmental practices for both landlords and tenants. The lease is the single most important transactional document when it comes to greening multi-tenant-occupied commercial properties: it governs how properties are built, managed, occupied and renovated and how the money flows. Green leases enable landlord and tenant to acheive green goals with financial underpinnings that protect both against the risk of footing the bill without enjoying the benefits. To purchase a copy of the Study Green Lease, click here.

Please contact us to learn how your organization can green its leases and leasing processes and enjoy the financial and environmental benefits of greening your tenant-occupied properties.

Published Research Reports

Green Edge partnered with Forrester Research in the December 2013 publication of a research report entitled Why Every Online Retailer Needs to Think Green. This report examines the extent to which online retailers have taken meaningful steps to reduce their carbon footprint and whether their U.S. adult customers “care” about such efforts. We found that more than half of these customers can be classified as green consumers who will spend more for products that align with their interests, but that 40% of their online resources were not taking advantage of this opportunity to connect with their customers. This report will help consumers understand how they can evaluate the sustainability of online retailers and help those retailers gain a greater understanding of how they can strengthen their appeal by “going green.” Download a PDF

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In the October 2011 Green Edge Research Report, Green Ranking Systems: How They Really Work, we provide an in-depth analysis of seven green company ranking systems that differ significantly in their approach and results. The systems we studied are Corporate Knights Global 100, SB20, Tomorrow’s Value Rating, Southeastern Corporate Sustainability Rankings, Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, Newsweek Green Rankings, and the Toxic 100 Air Polluters Index. Our Research Report will help both the corporate subjects of the ranking systems and their stakeholders—at whom the rankings are directed—understand how the different systems work and the purposes for which they can best be relied upon. Download a PDF

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In the September 2011 Green Edge Research Report, Measuring the Sustainability of Real Estate Funds: A New Tool with Teeth, we analyze a recently developed science-based sustainability benchmark tool for evaluating environmental stewardship in the realm of public and private real estate funds. This tool, the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), was developed to help real estate investors around the world evaluate the sustainability of prospective investments and at the same time reduce the carbon footprint of those investments by introducing transparency and competition. Our Research Report includes an analysis of the recently released 2011 GRESB survey results. Download a PDF.

Please contact us  to learn how your fund can be a leader rather than a laggard when it comes to carbon footprint reduction and the financial success that comes with it.

Other  Publications

Making Sense of Multi-Attribute “Green” Certifications. From the perspectives of the consumer and the producer, the various eco-labels found on products, food and buildings have created a great deal of confusion. For the consumer, it is difficult to distinguish between labels that seemingly convey the same message. For the company seeking to certify its products, it is difficult to determine which label is most worthwhile for a particular product. To bring clarity to this issue, this report identifies and evaluates six prominent broad-reaching, multi-attribute eco-labels including Green Seal, EcoLogo, Cradle to Cradle, SMaRT, Design for the Environment, and Good Housekeeping Green Seal of Approval. Download a PDF.

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Energy Efficiency Retrofitting for NYC Commercial Buildings, CUNY Building Performance Lab, Summer 2010

Greening the Retail Lease: A Practical Approach for Landlords and Tenants, ICSC Research Review, Vol. 16, No. 2, August 2009

A Collaborative Framework for Greening the Office Lease, contribution to Urban Land Institute publication on Retrofitting Office Buildings to be Green and Energy-Efficient, 2009

Increasing Energy Efficiency: What Does The Lease Say?, Real Estate Weekly, October 8, 2008

The Business Case for Sustainable Real Estate, Real Estate Journal, March 11, 2008.

The Greening of Retail: What’s the Bottom Line?, Real Estate Weekly, May 9, 2007

The Saint Report Blog

Climate Change, Sustainability and the Real Estate Industry – December 17, 2009

The Greening of the Office Lease – Sustainability in Commercial Buildings – October 19, 2009

The Business Case for Sustainable Real Estate – Part 2, Green Edge – October 10, 2009

The Business Case for Sustainable Real Estate – Part 1, Green Edge LLC – October 8, 2009

The Dollars and Sense of Green Buildings – Sustainability is Strategic – October 2, 2009