NEW YORK, Sept. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Greenprint Foundation, a worldwide alliance of leading real estate owners, investors, financial institutions and other stakeholders committed to reducing carbon emissions across the global property industry, is pleased to announce that its Greenprint Global Cities Office Index has been accepted as a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action.
Announced at this week's CGI Annual Meeting, the Global Cities Office Index is Greenprint's commitment to develop a series of global cities office indices for benchmarking environmental performance of the investment sector of the built environment. In order to help demonstrate the benefit of reducing the real estate industry's energy consumption and emissions, Greenprint will use data available in Volume 2 of its Greenprint Performance Report™ to model office property portfolios organized by metropolitan area and establish a useful method of performance measurement and benchmarking. The data in the GPR represents the most comprehensive voluntary disclosure of energy and emissions performance by investment property owners. Greenprint is committed to releasing the Index Report by July 2012 in conjunction with the release of Volume 3 of the Greenprint Performance Report.
In addition to the Global Office Cities Index, Greenprint is also a participating partner in two other CGI Commitments to Action; Scaling Demand for Commercial Tenant Green Buildouts and the New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation.
"Our involvement in three CGI Commitments to Action builds on our groundbreaking work to provide the real estate community with transparent and verifiable benchmarks, and an effective manner in which to report their progress in lowering carbon emissions and energy use," said Charles B. Leitner, Chief Executive Officer, Greenprint Foundation. "Our Greenprint Performance Report is providing our members' with the ability to communicate to their investors, shareholders, public sector partners and tenants their commitment to sustainability in a manner consistent with their focus on property value, and we are looking forward to increasing our reach in this important work."
Greenprint Foundation Founding members include:
Beacon Capital Partners
GLL Real Estate Partners
Jones Lang LaSalle
LaSalle Investment Management
RREEF, a member of Deutsche Bank Group
The Blackstone Group
Equity Office Properties
GE Capital Real Estate
Henderson Global Investors
Prudential Real Estate Investors
DEXUS Property Group
Greenprint has Strategic Alliances with:
Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) Center for Market Innovation
Better Building Partnership
Legal and General Property
Canary Wharf Group
London Development Agency
GE Capital Real Estate
Quintain Estates and Developments
Transport for London
Henderson Global Investors
Hermes Real Estate
About Greenprint Foundation
Greenprint Foundation is a worldwide alliance of leading real estate owners, investors, and financial institutions and other industry stakeholders committed to reducing carbon emissions across the global property industry. Greenprint Foundation is a catalyst for change, taking meaningful, immediate, and measurable actions to generate solutions that improve energy efficiency while demonstrating the correlation with increased property values. Greenprint focuses on reducing the carbon footprint of the built environment, which currently represents one third of all carbon emissions. Greenprint works to achieve its carbon reduction goals through education and action. The Greenprint Performance Report™ provides a consolidated view of its members' participating portfolios, detailing their current carbon output and providing an important benchmark with which to measure progress in reducing carbon emissions. www.greenprintfoundation.org
About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. Since 2005, CGI Annual Meetings have brought together nearly 150 current and former heads of state, 18 Nobel Prize laureates, hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations, major philanthropists, directors of the most effective nongovernmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made nearly 2,000 commitments, which have
already improved the lives of 300 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued in excess of $63 billion. The 2011 Annual Meeting will take place Sept. 20-22 in New York City.
This year, CGI also convened CGI America, a meeting focused on developing ideas for driving economic growth in the United States. The CGI community also includes CGI U, which hosts an annual meeting for undergraduate and graduate students, and CGI Lead, which engages a select group of young CGI members for leadership development and collective commitment-making. For more information, visit www.clintonglobalinitiative.org
SOURCE Greenprint Foundation