LOS ANGELES-The Environmental Protection Agency has named CB Richard Ellis as a 2008 Energy Star Partner for its efforts toward improved energy management and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. CBRE, which is the only commercial real estate services firm designated as an Energy Star Partner this year, will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, DC on April 1.

Among the actions and policies that have led to the Energy Star recognition are CBRE’s commitment to become carbon neutral in its own operations by 2010, making it the first commercial real estate services company to announce such a goal. In addition, the company is assisting its clients with energy efficiency programs at the 1.7 billion sf of building space that the Los Angeles-based company manages around the world.

The EPA honor recognizes CBRE’s “commitment to being a leader in changing the way buildings operate,” according to Dave Pogue, San Jose, CA-based senior managing director of CBRE’s Asset Services Group and head of the company’s green initiative for its 635 million-sf US property management portfolio. Pogue says that the EPA designation underscores CBRE’s realization that “Now is the time to act to decrease energy consumption and increase environmental sustainability.”

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