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Kilroy Realty Corp. is committed to sustainable buildings. Alongside setting the standard for innovative office development on the West Coast, the developer has also set some aggressive sustainability goals, including plans to be carbon neutral by 2020 and a commitment to invest in buildings that have only LEED Gold certification or higher. At Allen Matkins annual View From the Top conference at the Beverly Hilton this year, John Kilroy, chairman of the board, president and CEO at Kilroy Realty Corp., explained why sustainability in real estate is so important.

At the event, which included a one-on-one interview with Kilroy and an overview of the firm’s latest projects, Kilroy said that the firm isn’t considering any non-Gold or Platinum buildings, and in fact, he sign off is required to move forward on one. While it is working toward hitting its carbon neutral goal this year, the company is already ranked first in most environmental categories. Kilroy’s commitment to environmentalism serves a dual purpose. The first, of course, is in combating climate change. The second is building a competitive portfolio for the future. Today, funds are focused on real estate quality and new product.

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance writer and editor living in Los Angeles whose work has appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Angeleno and Los Angeles Magazine.

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