Houston Green Office Challenge

By Brooke Drake, October 20, 2010, Green, Small Biz

One of Houston Mayor, Annise Parker’s, initiatives is to make Houston a greener, cleaner and healthier place for citizens to live. One way she is following through with this particular initiative is partnering with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability to launch this City’s first annual Houston Green Office Challenge. The City is challenging building owners, property managers, management districts and tenants to greenify their practices by learning to reduce energy consumption, waste generation and water usage.

If this is something you are interested but have no idea where to begin, there is help on the way. The City will bring in local, state and national sustainability experts to work with businesses and properties to teach them introductory and high performance eco-friendly practices. All of these services will be provided for FREE through workshops and trainings.

The Green Office Challenge began on October 15th. Currently there are six management districts that have already registered – Downtown, Greenspoint, Upper Kirby/Greenway, the Energy Corridor, Westchase and Uptown/Galleria, so you don’t want to be left out. Results will be measured throughout the year and recognition/rewards will be given for progress made throughout that time.

Unbeknownst to me, Houston is already greener than I knew. According to Ms. Parker’s website, Houston is actually rated number eight in the U.S. for the number of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) certified buildings and rated number six in the U.S. for the number of Energy Star buildings. So way to go Houston and keep up the good work!

To register for this event or for more information go to www.houstongoc.org.

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