LOS ANGELES-The CB Richard Ellis Group’s World Conference in Toronto in September has earned a gold level certification for offsetting event emissions, according to Madison, WI-based Leonardo Academy, a nonprofit organization that certifies organizations and events for offsetting emissions from energy use. The CBRE conference, conducted Sept. 5-7 in 2007, is an annual event that brings together more than 3,000 CBRE professionals and clients from more than 25 countries around the world to discuss a wide range of commercial real estate topics and issues.

To qualify for the gold level of certification, the CBRE conference offset more than 200% of its carbon dioxide emissions that affect climate and more than 60% of each of the emissions covered by the program that affect health. The Leonardo Academy’s program to certify the emissions of such events, called “Cleaner and Greener,” addresses the emissions that affect human health and climate.

Michael Arny, president of Leonardo Academy, notes that the academy worked with CBRE to calculate the emissions caused by the event and to gather donations to support offsetting the emissions. For example, the Canadian firm Bull Frog Power donated 59,077 kilowatts of renewable electricity generated by wind power and low-head hydro to help cover the electricity used by the conference center for the event. Basin Electric Power Cooperative, a consumer-owned, regional cooperative based in Bismarck, ND, donated 1.9 million kilowatt hours of green tags, also known as renewable energy certificates, from its waste heat recovery projects located in North Dakota and South Dakota.

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