The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International and the US Green Building Council (USGBC) have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) to work cooperatively to promote energy-efficient and environmentally responsible building operations and maintenance practices to the BOMA community of building owners, operators and property managers.

Among the initiatives outlined in the MOI are joint promotional activities, including collaboration at BOMA’s North American Commercial Real Estate Congress; The Office Building Show in New York City in July 2007; and USGBC’s Greenbuild Conference and Expo in Los Angeles in October 2007. The two entities also agreed on joint educational offerings, including Web-based seminars on energy efficiency and green building practices.

BOMA will be working with USGBC as a Top-Tier partner, one of a very exclusive group of organizations, including the Urban Land Institute and the American Institute of Architects that recognizes the need for moving real estate to a more sustainable approach. BOMA will be working directly with USGBC on program development for Greenbuild 2007 and beyond.

“This collaboration with USGBC reflects the commercial real estate industry’s continued and growing commitment to promoting energy-efficient and environmentally responsible buildings,” said Kurt R. Padavano, BOMA international chairman and chief elected officer, and chief operating officer of Advance Realty Group of Bedminster, N.J. “Working together to promote sustainable practices not only provides a healthier and more productive workplace environment, but also creates a tremendous potential for energy savings and reduced emissions.”            EC