Beuttell said. “In some ways, I think the recession was
really good for this kind of program because companies
want to find ways to improve their work environments
without spending any money.”
Some of the low- or no-cost changes on the Green
Office for Tenants scorecard include: raising the blinds
in the winter and closing them in the summer; keeping
blinds at a 45-degree angle to deflect some of the heat
transfer to the building; and turning off lights in confer-
ence rooms, offices and other rooms when they are unoc-
Another easy-to-implement change is ordering office
supplies from suppliers that have a green catalog with
office supplies made of recycled content. In many cases,
property managers have guided tenants toward green
vendors and offered personal experience and tips.
When tenants earn certification, Hines presents them
with a crystal plaque that says, “Welcome to our green
office.” They often display the plaque in their lobbies.
“[Going green] is more of a priority than ever,” said
San Diego-based Hines property manager, Teri Ososkie.
“Many of the initiatives that tenants are implementing
with this program will lower operating expenses in the
building eventually. Since those operating expenses are
passed through to the tenants, they will see the [econom-ic] results.”
More than 500 Hines tenants have achieved Green Office
Tenant status, representing nearly 20. 7 million square feet
of office space. Some of its participating tenants include
Bank of America, Coca-Cola, Deloitte & Touche, GE
Healthcare, JPMorgan Chase, KPMG, Shell Oil, TIAA-CREF, Verizon, and Wells Fargo.
Meeting the criteria for Green Office Tenant certifica-
tion was a natural step for the Paul Hastings law firm
housed in La Jolla Commons, a LEED-certified building in
San Diego managed by Hines with its joint venture part-
ner TIAA-CREF. The firm has its own Go Green com-
mittee, and it recognizes the importance of green office
space, both within the Hines-managed and non-Hines
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