CBRE Environmental Sustainability

In response to ongoing global discussion about climate change and its impact on the natural environment, CBRE has committed to minimizing that impact for our company, clients and communities.

Buildings are widely viewed as a significant contributor to carbon emissions, and as the world’s largest manager of commercial buildings CBRE has both a responsibility and an opportunity to influence the way buildings are built, sourced, managed, occupied and sold.

This ability to drive sustainable real estate practices is a fundamental principal of our environmental leadership.

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The Offices Are Greener in Chicago for a Second Straight Year
Chicago is the greenest U.S. city to work in for the second year running, with about 70 percent of its office space now certified for environmental efficiency, a new study shows.

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“Green” Building Certifications on the Rise in Major International Markets
Major metropolitan office markets across the globe are seeing a significant increase in the adoption of “green” building certification programs, according to the inaugural International Green Building Adoption Index (IGBAI) – a study by CBRE and Maastricht University (Netherlands). The study reports that 18.6 percent of space in 10 markets across Australia, Canada and Europe is now certified “green” versus just 6.4 percent in 2007.

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CBRE Earns 2018 Energy Star® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized CBRE with a 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award for continued leadership and superior contributions to ENERGY STAR. This marks the eleventh consecutive year CBRE has earned ENERGY STAR’s Partner of the Year award.

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Cleaning the Built Environment After the Big Celebration
The city of Philadelphia’s football team won the big game for the first time ever and its long-suffering fan base celebrated the victory in kind. In February, the city held a massive parade for its football team, a turnout that some estimated teetered over 700,000 people. With this great turnout came its inevitable byproduct: trash. Lots of trash. Roughly 90 tons of trash, the most the city has ever generated for a single event and nearly double its previous record of 58 tons for a victory parade for its baseball team in 2008.

Philadelphia came prepared. The city’s Department of Streets mobilized a team of 300 workers, using 100 kinds of equipment, to follow the procession of the parade to clean up the immediate aftermath.

Awards, Ratings & Rankings

CBRE Group, Inc. Recognized on Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies List
CBRE Group, Inc. has been recognized as one of the 100 Most Sustainable Companies in the U.S. by Barron’s. The list was based on analysis of the 1,000 largest publicly held companies by market value, with headquarters in the U.S.

“CBRE’s recognition as one of the country’s Most Sustainable companies dramatically underscores how good corporate citizenship and good business go hand-in-hand,” said David Pogue, Senior Vice President, Global Client Care, CBRE.

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From Davos to Hong Kong: Sustainable Transportation Systems Around the World
As business leaders and heads of state congregate at Davos for the 2018 World Economic Forum to explore solutions to the world’s biggest challenges, they will come across an innovative new way to get around town—public bus transportation.

The TOSA bus, developed by ABB, a Swiss technology company, isn’t just any bus; it’s an electric bus that can recharge its batteries in as little as 20 seconds by linking up to overhead flash-charging points as it makes stops along its route.

The TOSA bus is the latest in new public transportation initiatives in several cities worldwide that are incorporating sustainable technologies to deal with rapid population growth, climate change, and aging infrastructure.

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Waterworks: How Cities Around the World Protect and Maintain Their Water Supplies
Turning on the faucet and expecting clean, purified water to flow through the tap is a modern-day luxury that many take for granted. In most industrialized cities around the world, drinking water is readily available and safe, but to maintain its sustainability, protecting its sources is vital.

Safeguarding ground water (aquifers), streams, rivers, reservoirs and lakes in the United States is crucial to the country’s ongoing economic and social development, and most importantly, it is key to maintaining a healthy, thriving civilization.

While some cities have extensive water systems in place for people to drink, bathe and cook, others are working to improve or overhaul their methods to ensure that they’re providing residents with high-quality H20.


Solving the Sustainable Global Housing Problem
Sustainability doesn’t only pertain to environmental factors; in terms of affordable housing, sustainability is broken down into three parts: environmental, social and economic. Environmental sustainability addresses the minimized use of resources, minimal pollution and the protection of local biodiversity. Social sustainability covers a wider swath of factors, including adhering to ethical standards during building development, integrating the building with the surrounding community, providing housing to meet various needs, and providing social services and facilities. Economic sustainability is simple: Social housing developments should support local economic diversity and provide employment opportunities to residents.

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Recycled Garbage: Paving the Way to a Sustainable Future
Recyclable waste may literally pave the way to a sustainable future. Around the world, an increasing number of urban planners and engineers are utilizing recycled garbage and turning it into viable, environmentally friendly infrastructure.

In 2013, Americans generated about 254 million tons of trash, recycling and composting about 87 million tons of it, equivalent to a 34.3 percent recycling rate. That’s a lot of waste just waiting to be converted into efficient, environmentally-sound structures and systems that can help cities flourish.

From unavoidable potholes on freeways to wobbly bridges over lakes in the Midwest, updating America’s aging infrastructure with eco-friendly materials derived from trash is a win-win.

Green Infrastructure

How Cities Are Counteracting Climate Change, One Heat Wave at a Time
As global cities struggle with how to handle rising temperatures, as well as other side effects of climate change, some are implementing small changes that can have a big impact.

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