The monthly update of the Institute for Market Transformation

September 2014

NYC Releases Its Third Annual Benchmarking Report

Last week, in alignment with commitments from Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 80 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2050, the City released its third annual Local Law 84 Benchmarking Report.

The new report analyzes a trove of building energy use data from 2012, collected from more than 23,000 buildings representing more than 2.1 billion square feet of space.

It shows an increasing number of building owners are consistently reporting their energy and water use to the city and that the data collected is allowing the city to identify construction types and systems characteristics to better direct policies and programs toward the greatest energy efficiency opportunities.

Be sure to read some of our key takeaways from the new report in IMT’s new blog post, “New York Puts Building Energy Use in the Spotlight,” and read the full report here

IMT Welcomes Megan Houston, Betsy Law, and Emily Rogers

 Megan Houston is a senior associate focusing on the multifamily sector with the goal of facilitating the financing and valuation of energy performance upgrades.

Megan’s experience includes analyzing green building barriers, promoting weatherization financing opportunities, and developing affordable housing. Before joining IMT in September of 2014, Megan was a Legal Fellow for the NYC Department of Environmental Protection and represented the City at environmental code violation hearings. She has been a LEED AP since 2006.

 Betsy Law is IMT's grants manager, and has more than four years of experience managing proposals and grants in the field of energy efficiency. She will be working closely with our program teams during the proposal, award, and project implementation phases for funders.

Betsy comes to IMT from the Alliance to Save Energy, where she assisted in securing funding for program teams and carried out project activities in utility benchmarking. Sue is currently obtaining a masters in Urban and Regional Planning at Georgetown University. 

 As IMT's corporate relations manager, 
Emily Rogers works closely with the growing number of corporations interested in IMT’s efforts and with IMT program staff to support our work promoting energy efficiency in buildings. Emily serves as the point of contact for corporate partners, leading IMT’s efforts in corporate prospecting, sponsorship, membership, and related support.

Prior to joining IMT in September of 2014, Emily was the director of energy policy for the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, where she monitored state energy retrofit incentive programs, and utility, regulatory, and legislative issues. Emily previously worked for the National Conference of State Legislatures as the Assistant to the Director focusing on corporate relations. She has also worked for the Colorado Governor’s office and former Colorado Congressman Joel Hefley. 

Three City Energy Project Participants Launch Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda

On September 22, three City Energy Project participantsMayors Annise Parker of Houston, Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, and Michael Nutter of Philadelphiaannounced the creation of the Mayors' National Climate Action Agenda to tackle GHG emissions reductions on a local scale in cities across the country.

The Agenda focuses on mayor-to-mayor engagement to advocate for federal legislation and cooperation in acting on climate change. It calls for national and international binding emission reductions agreements, stronger inventory standards and reporting, local actions to reduce GHG emissions, and the growth of the carbon offset market.

IMT congratulates Mayors Parker, Garcetti, and Nutter on this new agenda and we look forward to working them under the City Energy Project to help achieve their GHG emissions reductions goals by improving the energy efficiency of their cities' buildings.  

IMT and City Energy Project at Greenbuild

IMT and the City Energy Project will be well represented at Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in New Orleans in October. If you are also attending, be sure to put the following sessions on your calendar.

Leading Southern Cities Ramp Up on Building Efficiency, featuring Laurie Kerr, Director of the City Energy Project; Jonathan Ippel, Sustainability Director for the City of Orlando; Lisa Lin, Sustainability Manager for the City of Houston; and Ruthie Norton, Senior Project Manager for the City of Atlanta
October 22, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Government leaders from three Southern cities—Houston, Atlanta, and Orlando—will share the stories of how they are working to scale up energy efficiency in the largest public and private sector buildings that constitute roughly half of the built square footage of their cities.

Marketing + Sustainability: The Tools and Tips to Tell Your Story, featuring Taryn Holowka, VP of Marketing & Communications at USGBC; Gabe Wing, Public Relations and Social Strategist at Herman Miller, and Jenny Rushmore, Director of Responsible Travel at TripAdvisor. Moderated by Katie Weeks, IMT's Director of Communications.
October 22, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
This session will cover marketing and communications strategies for brands and organizations interested in sharing their sustainability efforts to benefit their business' bottom line. Namely: how to tell compelling, credible sustainability stories; avoid greenwashing; and strategically leverage key communications channels, from social media to annual reports.

The Power of Building Performance Data, featuring IMT's Jayson Antonoff; Barry Hooper, Green Building Program Coordinator at San Francisco Department of Environment; Brad Molotsky, EVP and General Counsel and Co-Creator of Brandywine Environments at Brandywine Realty Trust; and Elena Alschuler, Energy Project Manager at Building Technologies Office, U.S. Dept. of Energy
October 23, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The panel will provide a look at the City Energy Project's efforts around building performance data; how San Francisco has used benchmarking data to learn about local real estate market trends and efficiency opportunities; how Brandywine Realty Trust is seeing greater return on investment from high-performance buildings and how data affects valuation; and what tools the DOE has established to implement benchmarking programs and create a public dataset. 


We're Hiring

IMT has the following positions open:

Director, Building Energy Performance Policy


New Blog Posts in The Current

Be sure to visit  IMT's blog, The Current, as we frequently post new content from IMT staff and outside experts. This month, Todd Sims takes a look at a major overhaul to the code development process and the International Code Council’s Public Comment Hearings, and Katie Weeks provides some key takeaways from NYC's third Local Law 84 Benchmarking Report.

Cliff Majersik to Speak at VERGE San Francisco

IMT's Cliff Majersik will host a breakout session at VERGE San Francisco on Tuesday, October 28. In this session, How Buildings Can Mitigate Climate Change in Cities, Cliff and panelists from participating City Energy Project cities will explain why efficient buildings are crucial for mitigating the effects of climate change, and describe how cities can develop cost-effective energy efficiency plans that are tailored to local challenges and make the most of local opportunities. To register for VERGE San Francisco, visit the event's website

IMT to Present on Green Leasing at Suffolk University 

IMT's Adam Sledd will be speaking about green leasing practices at Suffolk University’s Center for Real Estate on October 29 as part of the University's six-week professional development program. 

The course, Anatomy of a Sustainable Real Estate Project, is designed for architects, designers, developers, attorneys, consultants, lenders, brokers, construction managers, engineers, property and facility managers, planners, sustainability professionals, public policy and government officials, and others interested in the public and private development process. Visit Suffolk's website to register.

IMT to Look at Utilities and Investment Real Estate with IREM

Are you attending the Institute of Real Estate Management's Fall Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla., from Oct. 14-18? If so, be sure to check out IMT's Adam Sledd as part of the Executive Edge Session "A Look into the Future: Utilities & Investment Real Estate." The session takes place Oct. 16 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will explore the relationship between utilities and investment real estate properties and how new technologies and programs will assist real estate managers in tackling challenges related to resource conservation and efficiency. Click here for more info.
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