NEW YORK CITY-In the case of SL Green, thecompany name says it all—it's not so tough being green.

The REIT just released its first ever sustainability report, andthe company's efforts across its building portfolio are paying off. It has reduced annual energy costs by more than $6 milliondollars by putting in place LED lighting and real-time buildingenergy management systems; it recycles over 75% (or 8,600 metrictons) of building waste, and its water use has been cut by 13million gallons per year. These conservation efforts are supportedby the company's receipt of its third LEED-EB Gold certification,and 24 US EPA Energy Star Labels, along with otheraccomplishments.

“We've been pursuing a lot of sustainability initiatives forseveral years and we wanted to share what we've done," JayBlack, director of sustainability tells“We're going to continue strengthening the efforts we've beenworking on, whether its heating or lighting retrofits, working withtenants to enhance recycling, tenant awareness and education andexpanding our role in the community and speaking at events tosharing our experiences.

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Rayna Katz

Rayna Katz is a seasoned business journalist whose extensive experience includes coverage of the lodging sector, travel and the culinary space. She was most recently content director for a business-to-business publisher, overseeing four publications. While at Meeting News, a travel trade publication, she received a Best Reporting award for a story on meeting cancellations in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.