CAMBRIDGE, MA--(Marketwired - Dec 19, 2013) - Sustainability Roundtable, Inc. ("SR Inc"), the leader in shared-cost research and consulting on best practices in more sustainable business, recognized Bentall Kennedy as the Sustainable Business & Enterprise Roundtable's (SBER) Outstanding Landlord of 2013. Bentall Kennedy is a leading North American real estate investment advisor with more than $30 billion of office, retail, industrial and multi-family properties through-out North America. SR Inc recognized Bentall Kennedy for its growing global leadership in the move to more sustainable and high-performing real estate investment management. SR Inc specifically recognized Bentall Kennedy's best practice leadership in portfolio-wide optimization structures and programs, responsible property investment, employee and tenant engagement, and systemized continuous improvement. The Award was announced during SR Inc's Q4 Executive Symposium on Sustainable Optimization and Innovation: Advanced Sustainability Strategy held at SBER Member-Client Nokia's campus in San Diego, CA.
Jim Boyle, President & CEO of SR Inc, noted: "It is a thrill to assist the visionary leaders at Bentall Kennedy as they out-perform markets for investors while setting the global standard for excellence in the move to more sustainable real estate portfolio-wide. The global real estate industry must accelerate towards greater sustainability and Bentall Kennedy is very profitably leading the way in North America."
SR Inc recognized Bentall Kennedy as the SBER Outstanding Landlord of 2013 due to its exceptional leadership in enterprise-wide sustainability and, specifically, its:
- Portfolio-wide optimization governance structures, programing, and successes
- Systemized continuous optimization towards greater energy productivity
- Development of systems and processes to engage employees, tenants, and brokers in the move to greater sustainability
- Development of systems and processes to engage designers, construction managers and building managers in sustainability
- Development of a methodology to integrate environmental performance into external appraisals and valuation process
- Implementing a comprehensive Tenant Improvement Manual to promote greater alignment with and certification under LEED-CI
Bentall Kennedy is a global leader in sustainable real estate investment and management and has been for a number of years. Currently, $6.9 billion of Bentall Kennedy's assets are certified under the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Building Rating System. Bentall Kennedy has also developed its own Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to assess performance of company divisions, report to senior management quarterly, and to facilitate participation in external reporting frameworks such as the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and with the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB).
This past year, sustainability highlights within Bentall Kennedy include a systemized prioritizing of responsible real estate acquisitions and improvements with a focus on transit-oriented development and central business district (CBD) acquisitions and improvements, implementing zero waste and composting programs in pilot sites, as well as the creation of a Sustainability Innovation Committee tasked with reviewing new technologies and services.
"Bentall Kennedy genuinely appreciates being recognized as the Sustainable Business & Enterprise Roundtable's Outstanding Landlord of 2013. We are very fortunate to have talented and motivated asset managers and analysts on our US staff and associates in property and investment management on our Canadian staff who continuously drive sustainability innovation. This award is for all of our talented and motivated asset managers, associates, and analysts on our U.S. and Canadian teams," said Amy Price, Chief Operating Officer, U.S., for Bentall Kennedy.
About Bentall Kennedy: Bentall Kennedy is one of North America's largest real estate investment advisors and one of its foremost providers of real estate services. Bentall Kennedy serves the interests of more than 500 clients and their 145 million square feet of office, retail, industrial, and multi-family properties totaling $30 billion throughout Canada and the U.S. Bentall Kennedy has a 100 year track record of delivering superior returns and a reputation for integrity, innovation and creating value. Bentall Kennedy is a member of UN PRI and is a recognized global leader in Responsible Property Investing. Bentall Kennedy includes Bentall Kennedy (Canada) Limited Partnership and Bentall Kennedy (U.S.) Limited Partnership.
About SR Inc: Sustainability Roundtable Inc (SR Inc) is a private, mission driven, research and consulting company based in Cambridge, MA. SR Inc's mission is to accelerate the development and adoption of best practices in more sustainable buildings and business. Through SR Inc's flagship Sustainable Business & Enterprise Roundtable (SBER) service, SR Inc advises a growing number of the companies leading the global move to more sustainable real estate and operations. SR Inc provides Member companies with year-round, unmetered consulting related to SR Inc's shared research and conferencing on management best practices in greater sustainability.
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