As a member of The Association of Green Property Owners and Managers (AGPOM), made available through your commercial umbrella purchase, one of your many member benefits is a free subscription to The AGPOM Quarterly. You can count on The AGPOM Quarterly to keep you abreast of what's happening in the industry and news related to greening the built environment. This issue features information about "The Greenest Building in the World", water conservation tips from our partner WaterSense, proposed plans for stricter building codes by 2030, a spotlight on one of our newest AGPOM Members and introduction of our new Executive Director, Heather Teegarden, CSEP. Read on to learn more.



The AGPOM Team

The AGPOM Quarterly

April 2013

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New Executive Director

Heather Teegarden, CSEP, selected as AGPOM's new Executive Director.


With a 16-year professional background in event planning, marketing and program development Heather is excited to bring these skills and her passion for sustainability to The Association of Green Property Owners and Managers. 


Most recently Heather worked as Recycling Education and Outreach Coordinator for North America's largest residential recycler - Waste Management. Her 'green event' strategies have been published online and presented at industry events both in Seattle and British Columbia. 


As founder and VP of Membership for the International Special Events Society (ISES) Seattle Chapter, Heather has a practiced talent for serving association members. Heather is looking forward to helping AGPOM Members get the most out of their membership!


Contact Heather with your AGPOM Membership questions:

Office 425.233.6481 or Mobile 206.334.5467 

AGPOM Member Benefit
Succeed Risk Management Platform


An Easy, Green Solution to Help Manage Your Organizational Risk

As a member of AGPOM you have free access to the Risk Management Center, a unique web-based risk mitigation and safety management software platform. The Risk Management Center is designed to improve risk management, loss control and prevention, as well as OSHA compliance efforts and results.

      • Develop effective workplace safety programs
      • Reduce workplace injuries and improve prevention efforts
      • Save money and improve profitability


Start using the Risk Management Center today! Contact Jennifer Bantelman at 503-783-1919 or for your user name and password.

Click here to go to the AGPOM Risk Management Center

Welcome New Member:
Brookfield Suites!


We are pleased to welcome Brookfield Suites Hotel & Convention Center as one of the newest members of AGPOM, and as the first AGPOM member in the state of Wisconsin!

Brookfield Suites joined AGPOM to take advantage of the many tools and resources available through membership. They plan to begin with the AGPOM Hotel Green Building Plan, a group of behavioral based green building strategies designed primarily to reduce energy and water use within hotels.

"Our clients and guests like to know that we are doing our part to protect our environment," said Kirk Drusch, general manager of the Brookfield Suites Hotel. "AGPOM will really help us 'go green' and keep our costs to our guests down, while improving our property at the same time. Membership made perfect sense for us."

The Brookfield Suites Hotel & Convention Center offers more than 6,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. This luxury, all-suites hotel is located in Brookfield, Wisconsin, and offers superior accommodations for business travel, family vacations, and weekend getaways to the Milwaukee area - and soon - a greener lodging option! For more info about Brookfield Suites Hotel visit:  


Click here to learn how AGPOM can help your property "Go Green"

Photo courtesy of NW Wind & Solar
The "Greenest Commercial Building in the World" Opens Earth Day 2013

Traditional commercial buildings account for a majority of the country's electrical use and a third of its greenhouse-gas emissions. However, in the case of the recently completed Bullitt Center, the building itself would be virtually self-sustaining.

The six-story, 50,000 SF building is heated and cooled by radiant flooring, powered by a closed-loop geothermal system and is planned to be net-zero energy through a roof top of solar PV panels. The solar PV system, installed by NW Wind & Solar, will produce an estimated 230,000 kilowatt-hours a year. It is expected to generate enough energy to cover use in this building that is 83 percent more efficient than the city's typical commercial site.

The structure also features net-zero water use through its onsite sewage and wastewater treatment. All its water will be supplied by rainwater collected in a 56,000-gallon cistern before being filtered and disinfected. The building features flush-less toilets that use just two teaspoons of water. Sewage is treated and then composted.

There is no parking space for cars onsite and instead a space about the size of a three-car garage will be reserved exclusively for bicycles.

The building was built by the Bullitt Foundation, which funds environmental causes. Denis Hayes, President of The Bullitt Foundation is also known as founder of the original Earth Day, back in 1970. He says the Bullitt Center will cost about $30 million to build, that's about 30 percent more than a typical commercial building of its size. Nevertheless, proponents say that avoiding energy and water utility bills for 250 years, the expected life span of the Bullitt Center, offers compelling financial incentives.

The project is part of what is called the Living Building Challenge, which sets out a stringent set of performance standards for new buildings. It requires that buildings produce all their own electricity over the course of a year. The building has been built using only non-toxic, regionally sourced materials.

Jason McLennnan, CEO of the Cascadia Green Building Council says if the building works as designed, it will be the model for green buildings in the future.

Promoting AGPOM Partner  EPA's WaterSense
Commercial Water Use Overview

The commercial and institutional sector is the second largest consumer of publicly supplied water in the United States, accounting for 17 percent of the withdrawals from public water supplies.

This sector includes a variety of facility types such as hotels, restaurants, office buildings, schools, hospitals, laboratories, and government and military institutions. Each facility type has different water use patterns depending on its function. The chart below shows how water is used in several types of commercial and institutional facilities.

WaterSense graph 

WaterSense at Work - Best Management Practices  

Significant water savings can be achieved indoors and out through improvements in equipment and operational practices. Each building type has particular challenges to face and specific areas where the greatest reductions can be made.

WaterSense has developed WaterSense at Work, a compilation of water-efficiency best management practices, to help commercial and institutional facilities understand and better manage their water use, help facilities establish an effective water management program and identify projects and practices that can reduce facility water use.

By implementing water-efficient best management practices, commercial and institutional facilities have an opportunity to:

  • Achieve cost savings
  • Increase competitive advantage 
  • Reduce risks associated with water scarcity
  • Demonstrate leadership
  • Access opportunities in the green building marketplace

Learn more 

Industry News: Energy 2030 Report Calls for Stricter Energy Building Codes 
by Linda Hardesty

The Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy aims to double US energy productivity by 2030, and one of its many ways to achieve that goal is to create more stringent energy codes for buildings.

The Commission has created Energy 2030, a set of policy recommendations that urges policymakers at all levels of government - local, state, and federal - to take action in three key areas:

1. Invest in energy productivity in all sectors of the economy.

2. Modernize US infrastructure, buildings, transportation, and equipment.

3. Educate consumers, business leaders and policy makers to encourage smarter energy use.

In terms of modernizing US infrastructure, the recently published "Energy 2030 Recommendations to Double US Energy Productivity by 2030" report says energy efficiency should be used as an emissions reduction strategy.

"EPA, state, and local air regulators should, to the extent possible, encourage energy efficiency as an emissions reduction strategy and, as appropriate, allow and credit efficiency measures as compliance options in their regulations and procedures," states the report.

Additionally, the Energy 2030 report recommends to "steadily and aggressively increase the stringency of building energy codes."

"The International Code Council and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, with DOE support, should build on recent 30 percent energy savings and steadily increase the energy efficiency of their model building energy codes and standards. The updates should continue to be cost-effective, stakeholder-driven, and fuel and technology neutral," according to the report.

Read the full article here


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