CB Richard Ellis recently announced a goal to become carbon neutral by 2010 and a plan to assist clients with energy efficiency programs at the 1.7 billion sf of building space the company manages. CBRE also says it’s working with the Natural Resources Defense Council to introduce new energy saving measures at client-owned and occupied properties.

“Our decision is driven by our desire to do the right thing, but is also a direct result of a rapidly evolving marketplace,” says CBRE president/CEO Brett White. “A large number of our clients—both property owners and occupiers—are already actively working to reduce energy costs and create greener space. We see a great opportunity to partner with them to improve their operational performance and help protect the climate at the same time.

“The relationship with NRDC will help us uncover new ideas,” he says. “Energy use in buildings is responsible for 40% of U.S. global warming emissions, according to NRDC, which has spent over two decades on energy issues and had a hand in creating and improving efficiency standards at state and Federal levels.”

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