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NEW YORK CITY-Studley has launched the Sustainable Real Estate Practice to assist clients with making environmentally responsible real estate decisions and with achieving LEED certification by the US Green Building Council for their office space or building. Olivia Millar, one of Washington, DC’s first LEED accredited professional commercial real estate advisors, will begin her new role as the firm’s director of sustainability and workplace strategies with the launch of this new practice.

Millar has been with Studley since September 2007 and, throughout her career, has managed more than one million sf of sustainable projects. She will serve as the company’s chief spokesperson on LEED initiatives and act as primary LEED resource for Studley clients nationwide.

Millar tells GlobeSt.com that the decision to launch this practice now is simply to better serve clients. “More and more clients are talking about LEED and we are creating an opportunity to answer their needs.”

Michael Colacino, Studley president, says in a prepared statement that “in this day and age, sustainable counsel is an important service to offer. The decision to create this practice comes after years of working on sustainable real estate assignments encompassing both interior and base-building LEED projects. Our firm is committed to staying at the forefront of industry trends in order to continue serving the evolving needs of our clients.”

Studley’s sustainable initiatives also include supporting the firm’s real estate advisors from its 19 US office becoming LEED accredited, according to Colacino. The Sustainable Real Estate Practice will work with Studley’s clients to prepare a Sustainable Goals Assessment to ensure that all of their environmental objectives are considered and protected during site selection and negotiation of their lease or acquisition agreement.

“The key to keeping a LEED project on schedule and on budget is identifying potential LEED credits or requirements early in the real estate process that can be achieved with minimal capital expenditure,” Millar says. “Studley’s Sustainable Real Estate Practice will offer clients LEED accredited real estate professionals to participate in the earliest stages of their projects.”

Studley clients nationwide will have access to LEED accredited real estate professionals to review site features, lease language, design plans, material and furniture selection, construction procedures and documentation preparation to help them ensure a successful LEED certification process. The firm’s experience with LEED programs includes LEED for New Construction, LEED for Core & Shell, and LEED for Commercial Interiors.

To date, Studley has worked with clients on the development of more than six million sf of LEED certified space, including recent projects for US Census Bureau, American Trucking Association, SEIU, and Conservation International. Studley also worked on the largest LEED-CI project in the country.

Prior to joining Studley, Millar worked for Mancini Duffy where she served as the firm’s first LEED manager, creating sustainable commercial interiors for nonprofit, financial, retail and government clients.

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