People and Culture
Coordinate Sustainability Effort With Your Building Owner

What Is It?

A property manager is responsible for the management and continued upkeep of a building, with specific tasks including carrying out renovations, scheduling maintenance service, and collecting rent to manage the building’s operational budget. Property managers play an important role in promoting green building strategies and providing ongoing support for the sustainable practices of tenants. As a tenant, it is therefore essential to coordinate effectively with the property manager, if the relationship between tenant and landlord is to be both mutually beneficial and sustainable


Coordination with the property manager is essential to a business’s sustainability effort. A property manager has detailed knowledge of the building design and systems’ operation, such as lighting, windows, and HVAC, as well as the costs associated with maintaining and improving the property. With this knowledge, the property manager can advise tenants on how to increase energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness while minimizing waste. In addition to helping businesses prioritize projects, working with the property manager can foster greater communication, coordination, and participation among tenants so that both the businesses and the building are environmentally sustainable.

Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • ERG
  • Federal Reserve
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • Friends of Post Office Square
  • John Hancock/Manulife Financial
  • Marriott
  • Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
  • Meister Consultants
  • Nixon Peabody
  • Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP
  • Peabody Office Furniture
  • Putnam Investments
  • Sheraton Hotel
  • TRO Jung|Brannen
  • Tsoi/Kobus & Associates
  • Turner Construction
  • Veolia
  • WilmerHale

Additional Resources

Social and Economic Case for Aligning Tenant/Landlord Sustainability Goals




Tenant Employee HappinessEmployee EducationLess Environmental Impact

Less Stress

Employee Lifestyle Enhancement

Employee productivity (comprises 80% of cost)Employee healthEmployee recruiting & retention

Decrease Operating Costs


Shared cost between landlord and other tenants

Landlord Community WelfareLess Environmental ImpactPeer RecognitionPride in ownershipBest Practice SharingMunicipal Collaboration Decreased Operating CostsImproved MarketabilityRisk ManagementInnovationCompetitive Edge

 Example of Green Property Managers in Boston:


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