tainability through economic, environmental and social measures. Cities such
as Atlanta, Wichita, Tacoma, Cleveland,
Birmingham, Tucson, St. Louis and Baltimore are among those engaged with
Another organization, 2030 Districts®,
focuses largely on urban downtowns.
2030 Districts commit to reducing building energy use, water consumption and
transportation greenhouse gas emissions
by 50 percent by the year 2030. They
work toward this goal through pub-lic-private partnerships and collaboration. Austin, Detroit, Dallas, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Seattle and
Denver are among the cities in the 2030
Todd Feist ( email@example.com) is Sustainability Program Manager at IREM Headquarters in
Companies are also assisting. They make investments in the locations in which they
have operations, often working with the cities, counties and states in those areas. Many
companies have realized that comprehensive sustainability strategies provide more
benefits than positive public relations and goodwill with local residents. Green buildings and renewable energy installations can reduce expenses. Climate-related events
such as wildfires and intense storms can disrupt their operations and supply chains, so
they are interested in solutions that reduce those risks.
Technology companies are also a driving force behind the “smart cities” movement.
Smart cities use cutting-edge energy technology, connected infrastructure, new distribution methods, driverless vehicles and data collection and analysis to advance livability and sustainability. Alphabet, Panasonic®, Hitachi®, IBM®, Schneider Electric TM,
Cisco® and other leading companies already provide products and solutions for smart
BE AN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT
In a sense, a city is a collection of buildings in which people live, work and play—so
property managers are in a unique position to participate in and gain from these developments. Find out what your city is doing in sustainability and the smart cities
movement. Investigate incentives and track policy initiatives. Join your city in finding
viable solutions to climate change impacts.
...Cities are in a position to tailor an
approach to sustainability for their
specific industries, building types and
climates, and they can tap into local
citizens, groups and organizations that
are passionate about the quality of life
in their hometowns.”