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Welcome to issue #4 of Parkway's Sustainability Newsletter. This newsletter contains many updates and major highlights on the sustainability initiatives that Parkway Properties has undertaken in 2015 and 2016.

PLEASE NOTE: Parkway’s Head of Sustainability, Daniele Horton, and Director of Sustainability, Jeff Dunbar, have new email addresses. You can now reach them at: and You can also reach the Sustainability Team at

On September 7th, the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) released the results of their annual industry assessment and Parkway was ranked as the third greenest REIT in the U.S., up from 5th place last year. Parkway showed improvement in nearly all reporting areas which is a great testament to the success of our ESG programs. One of our most notable accomplishments was a 7.3% reduction in portfolio-wide energy consumption from 2014 to 2015. That was more than three times the average industry reduction for last year!
On September 12th, Trane presented its Energy Efficiency Leader Award to Parkway Properties in recognition of its energy efficient approach to improvements at One Orlando Centre.

Parkway was only one of two organizations to receive this prestigious international industry award in 2016.
Trane sent a delegation of top corporate executives to Orlando for the award presentation. Bruce Hall, Larry LoCascio, and Frank Moro were recognized individually by Trane for their efforts on the One Orlando Centre renovation project.

For more about this event, click here.
Parkway is honored to release our annual Sustainability Report for 2015, which is prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The 2015 report details Parkway’s sustainability programs, goals, and performance in the context of the three principles: Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG). Click here to read Parkway’s 2015 report.

We are excited to announce the winners of Parkway Properties’ 2015 Sustainable Properties Awards! This annual awards program was created to show our gratitude and recognize all the property teams that have been working hard all year to make our buildings more efficient, sustainable and profitable.

The awards were based on information that our Sustainability Team collected from the property teams in 2013, 2014 and 2015 from Energy Star, the LEED Assessments, and 2015 GRESB Survey. The winning properties received a certificate of recognition and were acknowledged in the 2016 Annual Sustainability Report.

Energy Efficiency

Most Energy Efficient Building in 2015
  • One Orlando Centre
Top 5 Buildings with the Highest Energy Star Scores
  • One Orlando Centre
  • San Felipe Plaza
  • City West Place B3
  • City West Place B1
  • San Jacinto Center
Most improved building in Energy Efficiency Between 2014 & 2015 Calendar Year
  • One Orlando Centre

Water Efficiency

Most Water Efficient Building in 2015 for Indoor Plumbing Fixtures
  • Deerwood North – Bldg 400
Most improved building in Water Efficiency between 2014 & 2015
  • Deerwood South– Bldg 100


Congratulations to Hayden Ferry III, Hearst Tower, NASCAR Plaza, and One Orlando Centre - Parkway's newest LEED certified buildings!

In 2014, Parkway made a major commitment to increase the LEED certified space across our entire portfolio of owned assets. In 2015 alone, Parkway added over 1.5 million square feet of LEED certified space to the portfolio with first-time LEED certifications for Hearst Tower and One Orlando Centre
Since then, in the first quarter of 2016, Parkway added another 265,000 square feet of LEED certified space at the newly constructed Hayden Ferry III building in Tempe, Arizona. while also securing an impressive double-certification for NASCAR Plaza (now LEED certified for both initial construction AND ongoing operations) in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Today, over 45% of Parkway's leasable space is LEED certified, up from 27% in 2014.

Click below to see the full list of Parkway's LEED certified buildings as of March 15, 2016:

Parkway's LEED Certified Buildings as of March 15, 2016:
  1. 3344 Peachtree – LEED Gold
  2. 3348 Peachtree – LEED Gold
  3. City West – B1 – LEED Silver
  4. City West – B3 – LEED Gold 
  5. City West – B4 – LEED Certified
  6. Corporate Center IV at International Plaza – LEED Gold
  7. Hayden Ferry III - LEED Gold
  8. Hearst Tower – LEED Certified
  9. NASCAR Plaza – LEED Silver
  10. One Congress Plaza – LEED Gold
  11. One Orlando Centre – LEED Certified
  12. Phoenix Tower – LEED Gold
  13. San Felipe Plaza – LEED Silver
  14. San Jacinto Center – LEED Gold
  15. U.S. Airways Building – LEED Gold 


Parkway's commitment to the U.S. EPA's ENERGY STAR program for buildings has never been stronger. In 2015:
  • 97% of our portfolio was benchmarked in the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager website (by SF)
  • 36% of our portfolio earned the 2015 ENERGY STAR label (by SF)
  • From 2014 to 2015, the average score for our ENERGY STAR labeled properties increased from 84 to 85 (out of 100).
Click below for the list of properties that received their 2015 ENERGY STAR labels: 
  • 5300 Memorial
  • City West-B1
  • City West-B3
  • City West-B4
  • Hayden Ferry Lakeside I
  • Hayden Ferry Lakeside II
  • One Congress Plaza
  • One Orlando Centre
  • Phoenix Tower
  • San Felipe Plaza
  • San Jacinto Center
  • The Pointe
  • Town & Country
  • U.S. Airways Building

All eligible Parkway buildings should begin preparing for the next round of applications for the 2016 ENERGY STAR label this fall. Verdani Partners will distribute additional guidance to support this process via email to all participating Property Managers in September.
On March 15th, the Parkway teams in Charlotte celebrated their achievements of LEED certifications for Hearst Tower and NASCAR Plaza with separate LEED Plaque Dedication events at each building.

Representatives from the North Carolina Chapter of the US Green Building Council were on hand to present the LEED plaques to each Parkway property team.
With nearly 1 million square feet of leasable space, Hearst Tower became one of Parkway's largest LEED Certified buildings in December 2015. Then in January 2016, NASCAR Plaza became the first Parkway building to earn double LEED certification for both initial construction AND ongoing operations.

Click below for more details about the sustainability features of each building:

  • Upgraded BAS and HVAC controls improve energy efficiency and occupant comfort
  • ENERGY STAR Score = 75 (out of 100)
  • Upgraded domestic water fixtures reduce water use by 25%
  • Environmentally friendly pest control and green cleaning programs protect occupant health
  • 89% of janitorial supplies are "green" by LEED standards
  • Comprehensive surveys indicate 97% of tenants are happy with their overall workplace conditions 
  • Building location near mass transit and on-site amenities (like bike racks and electric vehicle charging stations) support a culture of alternative commuting among almost 20% of tenants
  • One of only a handful of buildings in the U.S. which have successfully earned double LEED certification for both initial construction AND ongoing operations.
  • ENERGY STAR Score = 81 (out of 100)
  • HVAC systems can capture waste heat from exhaust air and reuse it as free energy for the air conditioning system
  • Low-flow water fixtures use 26% less domestic water than codes require
  • A white roof membrane helps reduce the "urban heat island" effect
  • Environmentally friendly pest control and green cleaning programs protect occupant health
  • 74% of the janitorial supplies are "green" by LEED standards
  • Comprehensive surveys indicate 99% of tenants are happy with their overall workplace conditions
  • June 2016: Bruce Hall accepted the "Verdant Braniac" award on behalf of the One Orlando Centre renovation project at the national EBie awards in New York City.
Speaking Engagements Better Buildings Challenge Showcase Project 
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Questions? Comments? Give us feedback: ATTN:
Daniele Horton, Head of Sustainability:
Jeff Dunbar, Director of Sustainability: 

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