Commitment to Action

Owner-Tenant Collaboration for Building Efficiency

Commitment by

Natural Resources Defense Council

In 2011, The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), in partnership with the New York City Mayor's Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability (OLTPS), and the Washington D.C. Downtown Business Improvement District (DCBID), committed to help increase market demand for deep and cost-effective energy efficiency retrofits in the commercial office sector by engaging a group of major commercial property owners, tenants, and managers to collaborate with each other during lease negotiations. Through this commitment, NRDC, OLTPS, DCBID, and their supporting partner organizations worked to persuade major owners and tenants to implement energy-aligned leases and provide specific resources to demonstrate the economic benefits that can be achieved by all participants. By mobilizing early adopters and drawing attention to their successes, the NRDC and partners aimed to develop and demonstrate a replicable process for other buildings to follow.





Owner-Tenant Collaboration for Building Efficiency



Est. Duration

4 years

Estimated Total Value



Northern America


United States

Commitment by

Natural Resources Defense Council

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Greenprint Foundation, Downtown DC Business Improvement District, Empire State Realty Trust, Johnson Controls, Inc., U.S. Green Building Council, State of New York, Malkin Properties, Bloomberg L.P., Deutsche Bank AG, Center For American Progress, Ceres, Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated