The Tower Companies is pleased to announce that the Millennium Building at 1909 K Street in Washington D.C. has won the prestigious TOBY Earth award from the DC chapter of BOMA (the Building Owners and Managers Association). BOMA's Earth award is part of its TOBY (the Office Buildings of the Year) awards program.
TOBY is recognized as the most prestigious, annual award program in the commercial real estate industry. Established by BOMA International in 1984, the TOBY awards process includes a rigorous review of all facets of the building’s operation and management.
The Tower Companies envisions a world where buildings inspire and enrich the lives of their occupants, and create a positive social change. In this world, people seek out buildings that better their health and well-being, connect them to thriving communities and help to sustain the environment.
In order to win this award, the property management and engineering team was required to demonstrate excellence in categories that included environmental regulation and sustainability, energy and water conservation, client relations, emergency preparedness, community impact, as well as staff training and education.
The Tower Companies neutralizes its own Scope I and III annual operating emissions by supporting landfill methane gas-to-energy projects through Carbonfund.org.
How does a progressive building design firm demonstrate its commitment to sustainable architecture beyond its client projects? One way is to incorporate a commitment to environmentally responsible operations into the company’s core mission, as The Tower Companies has achieved.
The Tower Companies strives to develop eco-progressive real estate and sustainable building projects that surpass traditional approaches to the built environment, teach people how to engage with their surroundings, promote the balance of body and mind, optimize human achievement, and respect our planet.
As a US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR® Partner and Green Power Partner, The Tower Companies consistently works to reduce its impact on the global environment by completing a corporate-wide inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The company sets long-term reduction goals and annually reports progress to the EPA, The Climate Registry and to stakeholders through the Tower Companies Sustainability Report.
In 2008, The Tower Companies met their stated goal to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, officially becoming “carbon neutral.” The Tower Companies has continued to maintain this status, working with The Climate Registry, to improve the energy efficiency of its buildings by further reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as well as electricity and water usage. In 2013, Carbonfund.org assisted The Tower Companies in neutralizing its annual Scope 1 and 3 emissions that could not be reduced any further. The Tower Companies chose to support a renewable energy landfill gas project that measurably reduces its operational emissions by capturing methane gas produced by the landfill and using it to produce electricity. For its ongoing commitment to sustainability, The Tower Companies have been recognized with National Leadership Awards by both the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy.
Green building starts with efficient use of resources. It moves to how the site selection, construction and ultimate operation affect the environment - today and for generations to come. The Tower Companies’ own commitment to measuring, reducing and neutralizing is operational emissions demonstrates this commitment to green building strategies, and Carbonfund.org is proud to assist in these efforts.