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Department of Energy selects Grubb & Ellis for pilot program

Initiative seeks to improve efficiency of commercial, industrial facilities, among other goals.

BY Lauren GiudicePublished: July 22, 2010 02:45 PM

Santa Ana-based Grubb & Ellis is among nine organizations selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to participate in the agency's Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership pilot program.

The platform will use a global network of government agencies, national-level certification programs and other public- and private-sector firms to improve the energy efficiency of commercial and industrial facilities, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money – and even create jobs.

As part of the program, the real estate investment firm plans to incorporate an energy-management system into the buildings it manages, set performance targets and measure usage.

"We ... look forward to the measurable effects it (the program) will have on lessening the impact of commercial properties on the environment," said Thomas P. D'Arcy, president and CEO of Grubb & Ellis, which has additional Orange County locations in Anaheim and Newport Beach.

Other participants include 3M, Cleveland Clinic, The Dow Chemical Co., Marriott International, Nissan, Target Corp., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Readers Feedback:

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association, of which I was formerly a member, launched the enLighten America program for energy efficiency and conservation three years ago. The campaign is directed to the CEO's and CFO's in private industry and institutional organizations. Although it has been been highly effective in reducing energy consumption at no cost to government, it has been ignored by the DOE.
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