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Sustainable (Green) Building

Blueprint Tasks: Leasing

Below is Action Item 9 and associated tasks from the strategy, Building Better Buildings: A Blueprint for Sustainable State Facilities (Blueprint). The Blueprint contains a ten-point plan to implement the Governor's sustainable building goal. Links to key deliverables are provided, if available.

Action Item 9 Implement guidelines to acquire leased space with cost-effective sustainable building features. Due Date


Review sustainable leasing contracts for other cities, states, and the federal General Services Administration. Identify the appropriate sustainable building features and operating standards for leased space. Develop corresponding language to be incorporated into the state's standard lease specifications.


9-1a Review and update model sustainable lease language.

Annual updates each July


Include state leasing staff in the sustainable building training program (see Action Item 7).



Notify DGS's Energy Management Division of each new lease or renewal lease in which the State agency pays the utility bills directly.



Explore financial incentives (e.g., no and/or low interest loans, tax incentives, grants, and utility program funds) for building owners that lease to the state to upgrade their properties with sustainable building features.



Meet with public entities to encourage them to finance the construction and/or renovation of buildings using sustainable practices (e.g., Public Employees Retirement System, State Teachers Retirement System, and the State Treasurer).



Develop comprehensive lease renewal criteria to review possible retrofit opportunities for currently leased space.



Meet with property owners leasing to the state to discuss the Governor's sustainable building and energy efficiency goals (e.g., the Building Owners and Managers Association, Arden Realty, Sacramento owners of state-leased facilities, and others).


Last updated: September 4, 2014
Green Building
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