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Sustainability and Innovation

Newmark Knight Frank recognizes the importance of treating our natural resources with the greatest respect, so that they are available to future generations. We also understand the impact commercial real estate can have on the health of the environment. That is why we encourage sustainable building practices and recommend strategies to maximize energy efficiency, recycle materials and limit waste. These goals apply to Newmark Knight Frank's own offices as well as to the work we do for our clients, whether in selecting a location, building out space or managing an asset.

Newmark Knight Frank's commitment to sustainability has led to a number of awards and recognitions. In 2010, we were one of eight major corporations and the only real estate services company selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to participate in the pilot program for the Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership. Additionally, in 2008, the company was awarded Microsoft's Environmental Award of Excellence from among 17,000 vendors.

  • Development and alignment of green practices and installations with a portfolio strategy
  • Reduction of carbon footprint through alternative workplace strategy programs
  • Securing of incentives from lighting retrofits, solar installations and other renewable sources
  • Development or improvement of processes to increase operations efficiency
  • Examination of clients' existing real estate for opportunities to implement sustainable practices
  • Evaluation of potential locations for LEED compliance for the firm's exclusive tenant representation clients
  • Creation of marketing materials that outline the benefits of the firm's LEED-certified agency exclusives to potential tenants, corporate users and investors
  • Evaluation of competition from other LEED or Energy Star-rated buildings in the market
  • Structuring of responses to RFPs from potential tenants or investors with green and sustainable requirements, standards and corporate operating procedures

45 Days of Sustainability

In honor of Earth Day's 45th anniversary, Newmark Knight Frank designed calendars for March and April 2015 with 45 Days of Sustainable Solutions. The calendars provided daily acts in which we encouraged our employees, properties and clients worldwide to participate in and protect our planet and secure a sustainable future. The calendars were printed, doubled-sided, and placed in the elevators of Newmark Knight Frank's managed properties to inspire tenant involvement. The daily sustainable acts were promoted through NGKF Property Management's Instagram (@NGKF_Property_Management) and LinkedIn pages. Our employees, properties and clients shared photos of their contributions by labeling them with #NGKFisGreen.

In conjunction with our efforts to promote Earth Day and to raise awareness for a greener future, Newmark Knight Frank also delivered pop-up starter seed kits to our clients nationwide. The kit included a potting container, soil pellet and seeds for a money tree, which according to legend will bring money and fortune to its caretaker; the tree also symbolizes affluence, nobility and auspiciousness.