The W2 Water and Waste Challenge is a two-year initiative to encourage commercial real estate practitioners to benchmark water and waste consumption and associated costs, and to implement common practices to improve water performance and reduce waste.
Town Hall meetings were held in Downtown and the West Side last week to provide details of the program and an opportunity for members to ask questions of Bureau of Sanitation managers and waste haulers. Over 70 members attended these events.
Our member’s questions revealed several important take-aways that owners should be aware of:
The California Energy Commission staff asked to meet with our members to share information about the Title 24 Part 6 state energy standards and how owners can impact the 3-year process for their development. In July, Amie Brousseau of the Cal. Energy Commission met with the Sustainability Committee (in photo above), providing an overview of the Energy Commission’s purpose, the code update process, and important tools available to commercial owners and their consultants.
Here are some key resources for commercial properties:
A few years ago, the County sought to impose parcel “fees” to fund the proposed “Clean Water Clean Beaches” program. The County withdrew that effort in the face of objections that the proposed “fee” would be an illegal “tax.” Now, under the rubric of “Water Resiliency,” the County has sought to sidestep such objections and impose a new tax or fee.
The Metro Board of Directors unanimously approved a plan on July 27th to transition its entire bus fleet to be 100 percent zero emission electric by 2030. This ambitious plan would require the purchase of more than 2,200 vehicles while monitoring the continuous advancements in technology. According to the Southern California AQMD, a transition to zero- and near-zero emission technologies is necessary to meet 2023 and 2032 air quality standards and 2050 climate goals. Metro approved this plan in an effort to meet these standards and improve the air quality in the Los Angeles basin.
LA Sanitation gave a formal presentation and question and answer session today with BOMA/GLA members at Bank of America Plaza downtown. BOMA members were able to hear about the program and the changes in their waste haulers and ask questions about their buildings. For a copy of LA Sanitation's powerpoint, click here!
The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) has put forward a recommendation to the Los Angeles City Council to extend the initial benchmarking deadline to November 1, 2017, providing additional time for building owners to comply with the ordinance.
On April 20th, speakers from the City of Los Angeles outlined key elements and timelines for both the waste hauling and sidewalk repair programs. While costs will significantly increase under the franchise waste hauling program, Dan Meyers of LADWP indicated the city is working to provide detailed information and great customer service during the summer roll-out of the program.
A non-profit group called the Energy Network Program held a workshop for city officials recently, and invited BOMA/GLA’s Martha Cox-Nitikman to address the group regarding stakeholder participation in energy benchmarking. Because the revised state benchmarking rules will be coming out this summer, cities officials gathered to learn more about how both public and private buildings can comply. Cox-Nitikman stressed that although the Cal.
On Wednesday April 5th, the Northeast Regional co-hosted a government connect with the City of Burbank. Departments represented including the Burbank Police Department, Burbank Fire Department, Building & Safety Division, Burbank Water & Power, Homeless Services Division, Economic Development among others.
Earth Hour 2017 was held last March 25th, and buildings around L.A. dimmed lights in support of energy conservation and sustainable practices. BOMA member buildings with over 26 million square feet of space worked collaboratively with tenants to turn down non-essential lights both inside and out.
Twenty-eight BOMA member buildings participated this year, the same number as in 2016. BOMA/GLA would like to thank all the managers for working to make this a special evening. A list of participants is listed below:
At their recent meeting, the BOMA/GLA Government Affairs Committee reviewed key legislation, including Senate Bill 213 (Hertzberg), which would change the definition of “sewer” in Prop. 218 to allow cities to levy fees. While some cities struggle to maintain and repair their sewer systems, BOMA/GLA and BOMA California, our state advocate, believe there are other funds available for these services, and that fee increases contribute to the high cost of doing business in the state.
This Saturday, March 25th from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm, is Earth Hour. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office is encouraging all businesses to dim their non-essential lighting to bring awareness to the need for saving our resources for future generations. Over 30 buildings participated last year in Earth Hour. Help us exceed that number in 2017! Click here for an updated flyer which includes a city-sponsored event downtown.
BOMA International held their annual Winter Business meeting in San Diego last week, and managers from around the country gained insight into the massive political changes in Washington, DC, as well as updates on energy and water efficiency, emergency preparedness, and building codes.
Congressman Scott Peters noted that Republicans are looking at significant tax code changes, and that there may be some support from moderate Democrats. BOMA is lobbying for the retention of Section 1031 on Like Kind Exchanges and carried interest.
BOMA/GLA was invited to participate in a ceremony for the signing of the Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency Ordinance by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti on December 15th. (In the photo above center, from left to right, are L.A.