LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is an internationally recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Great Forest’s LEED® accredited professionals help building owners and managers design and implement sustainability initiatives, achieve LEED certification, and communicate the message of sustainability to both occupants and the public at large.

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   40 Worth, New York, NY – LEED (Silver)

Great Forest managed the entire LEED process for 40 Worth, a multi-tenant Newmark Grubb Knight Frank building in lower Manhattan. This included multi-year project coordination, a LEED waste audit, an APPA audit, an occupant transit survey, implementation of building policies for waste, cleaning and general sustainable building maintenance, as well as work to determine an engineering firm to complete energy audit and ventilation survey work.

Great Forest tracked and addressed complexities in the LEED process associated with the age of the building and with changes in tenants (including several build-outs and space conversions), updating documentation when necessary to fulfill the many components required by LEED. The project team also dealt with the intricacies of navigating the lobby ventilation upgrades, which had certain restrictions because of the building’s landmark features.

In addition, Great Forest identified several opportunities for improvements that came out of the LEED review process. For example, the water fixture inventory helped the building identify areas where fixtures could be upgraded to become more water efficient.

   712 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY – LEED EB: O&M (Silver)

Great Forest managed the LEED application process on behalf of Paramount Group to achieve LEED Silver for their 574,848 square foot high rise in NYC.

   900 17th Street NW, Washington, D.C. – LEED (Gold)

Great Forest worked with Cassidy Turley property management to help the building achieve LEED Gold certification (2009 format). Between May and August 2011, Great Forest worked on waste and recycling consulting, recycling program development, tenant education, janitorial training, electronics and universal waste program development, waste audit and metrics reporting.

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Managed by Vornado Realty, One Penn Plaza attained LEED certification in 2010. Great Forest managed the LEED process, helping to create sustainability policies and plans for the building and coordinating the submission of documentation to the USBGC. Work included consulting on recycling, landscaping and water efficiency.

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