San Francisco Environment Department

The Green Tenant Toolkit

The Green Tenant Toolkit is an online resource designed by building sector professionals in San Francisco to enable commercial landlords and tenants to engage with one another on implementing sustainable practices in office spaces. As outlined by the Mayor’s Existing Commercial Buildings Task Force Report (2009), the toolkit includes best practices for tenants and building management to engage in win-win environmental initiatives, a guide to integrating green lease language into negotiations, and a scorecard to summarize key sustainability metrics for any property – whether or not it has a green certification. “Split incentives” are a key problem, where the person who pays for an energy retrofit might not be the one that benefits. The Toolkit is designed to help owners and tenants mutually benefit. Eliminating barriers to sustainability throughout the life of a commercial lease helps to minimize operating costs, save water, reduce carbon emissions, and increase energy efficiency.

The toolkit was produced by a Business Council on Climate Change working group of twenty six professionals from leading commercial real estate companies, design and architecture firms, law firms, model tenants, and building trade organizations.

Start using  the Green Tenant Toolkit today or for more information, please visit the Business Council on Climate Change.

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