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Weizmann Institute of Science

The Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel is one of the world’s foremost centers of multidisciplinary research in the world, addressing the most urgent challenges facing humanity. Pennie Abramson currently sits on the Executive Committee and previously served as President of the American Committee of the Weizmann Institute.

100% Carbon Neutral

We offset 100% of Tower’s energy consumption by purchasing renewable energy and carbon credits to support wind farms and other renewable energy projects. Since 2008, we’ve subsidized 10 wind farms by purchasing renewable energy credits for 100% of our portfolio. In the past two years, we have funded the New Bedford, MA, Landfill Methane Gas-to-Energy project with our carbon credit purchases to offset the emissions we generate through natural gas,

Over Half of Property Waste Is Diverted from Landfills

We provide clients and residents with the resources and education they need to live and work more sustainably. Their willingness to act helped us divert 78 garbage trucks of waste (700 tons) from landfills in 2015 and has made it possible for us to collect and compost over 70,000 pounds of food waste and paper towels since 2013.

 

Providing Transportation Alternatives

Tower properties are close to Metro and other public transit, with many in walking distance of exciting DC area neighborhoods. We encourage cycling to and from our properties, either via nearby Capital Bikeshare stations or directly to our secured bike rooms that include showers, changing rooms, lockers, and fix-it stations. Properties also have electric vehicle charging stations and priority parking for hybrid vehicles.

Leading the Way in Green Leases

We help our clients reach their sustainability goals through our commercial green lease program, which encourages them to build and maintain their spaces using sustainability best practices. In 2014 Tower was recognized as an inaugural member of the Green Lease Leaders Program developed by the Institute for Market Transformation with support from the Department of Energy. To date, we have over 800,000 SF under green lease.

Implementing Solar in Leased Office Buildings (2015)

The Tower Companies is a developer and owner of multi-tenant office, multifamily, retail, and mixed-use lifestyle properties in the National Capital Area. Tower is committed to being an environmental leader in the real estate industry and is continuously striving to find opportunities to engage with stakeholders on sustainability. To help achieve this goal and attract sustainability conscious tenants, the Tower Companies pursued the first solar photovoltaic (PV) installation on a

Getting the Green Out: Key Finds and Recommendations from NRDC Workshops on Promoting Green Stormwater Infrastructure on Commercial Property (2015)

As a follow-up to The Green Edge, NRDC engaged with interested representatives of the commercial real estate sector to explore how property owners and developers think about GSI and conducted a workshop to develop and prioritize recommendations for implementing GSI at commercial development sites. GSI includes green roofs, rain gardens, cisterns, and other mechanisms that mimic natural hydrologic functions or that otherwise capture runoff on-site for productive use.  Our Director

Benchmarked: An Energy Case Study from Tower Companies (2015)

The Tower Companies started tracking building energy and water usage because it’s an opportunity to ensure efficient operations, reduce operating costs, compare our performance against similar buildings, and attract like-minded clients.   Many local jurisdictions have started to require annual benchmarking including Washington, D.C. and Montgomery County, MD.  In an effort to encourage and educate other building owners to understand the process and benefits for energy reporting, Tower completed a short

2014 Greenbuild Research Paper: Real Time Energy Management: Year 1 Results and Year 2 Persistence Results

Even the best commercial buildings have “operational stray” – sensors break, schedules are wrong for the season, and switches are set to manual. NRDC’s 2013 report on The Tower Companies’ Real-Time Energy Management project provided detail on how Tower worked with AtSite to identify and correct stray in three of Tower’s commercial office buildings, reduced the costs of the program while producing savings, determined other values for Tower, and established

Leveraging Green Leases to Reduce Energy and Water Use (2014)

The Tower Companies has been a dedicated partner of the DOE Better Buildings Challenge since 2013 and is committed to reducing energy and water 20% by 2020.   As part of this partnership, Tower worked with the DOE team to create a case study about the benefits of implementing a Green Lease as a tool to help other industry partners.