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Information on green building, green leasing, and energy efficiency management of facilities

Energy use in commercial buildings and manufacturing plants accounts for nearly half of all energy consumption in the U.S. at a cost of over $200 billion per year, more than any other sector of the economy. Commercial and industrial facilities are also responsible for nearly half of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to climate change.

Eastside LEED Users Group (ELUG)
ELUG is a local network of architects, engineers, builders, municipal leaders, consultants and other community members and provides training and networking opportunities in the area of green building innovation.  Monthly meetings are free and open to all, held just prior to ESBA meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at GLY’s main office in Bellevue from 7:30AM – 9:00AM.  Join the group on LinkedIn “Eastside LEED Users Group (ELUG)” or send an email to to be added to the distribution list for upcoming events.

ENERGY STAR for Buildings and Plants
Did you know that a building or manufacturing plant can earn ENERGY STAR certification just like your refrigerator? An ENERGY STAR certified facility meets strict energy performance standards set by EPA and uses less energy, is less expensive to operate, and causes fewer greenhouse gas emissions than its peers. For more than a decade, EPA has worked with businesses and organizations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through strategic energy management practices.

Cascadia Green Building Council
CGBC strives to become a leading force in green building by forging alliances with organizations that have a stake in the future of this region.  Members of the Cascadia council are leading the way in creating a roadmap for sustainable building that the rest of the nation can use as well.

Green Guide for Health Care (TM)
Green Guide for Health Care offers the healthcare sector’s first quantifiable sustainable design toolkit integrating enhanced environmental and health principles and practices into the planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance of healthcare facilities.

The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) is dedicated to supporting real estate management strategies that advance an environmentally sustainable and economically prosperous future. Serving real estate professionals who manage all property types, IREM has been an integral force in Western Washington since 1955. Find IREM's local chapter here.

Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA)
Looking for information and guidance on green and sustainable building operations and practices? BOMA International’s Sustainability resource site provides a step-by-step guide to finding information, training, best practices, and certification for commercial buildings and management teams – all in one place.  Find BOMA's local chapter here.

Healthy Buildings
Healthy Buildings works with building owners and managers to optimize indoor environments, increase operating efficiencies and lower business risks.  The result is a more sustainable building and an improved bottom line for our clients.  We do this with hands-on inspections of building systems, detailed reporting and world-class communications.

ESBA's High Performing Buildings Program