Real estate firm Reckson saves $1.25 million annually from green upgrades

February 08, 2012 |
Drew Ballensky

Reckson, a division of SL Green Realty Corp., recently reached LEED Gold for its 384,000 sf, 12-story headquarters in downtown White Plains, NY for energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable operations. That’s a rare distinction for commercial office buildings in New York. The 40-year-old building is one of only 10 buildings in the state to reach the gold level for operations and maintenance improvements.

Since 2009, green building retrofits at its suburban buildings collectively have saved the company about $1.25 million annually, a company official said. “We see sustainability as a tool to help make this business stronger,” the official said. Up next: a change to light-emitting diode lighting estimated to save about $300,000 yearly across the company’s suburban portfolio with a payback of less than two years.

(http://westfaironline.com/2012/18797-going-green-gains-gold/)

Drew Ballensky | Reconstruction Blog

Drew Ballensky is general manager of Duro-Last Roofing, Inc.’s central U.S. facility in Iowa and company spokesman for Duro-Last’s cool roofing, sustainability and architectural education programs. He is past-president of the Chemical Fabrics and Film Association and chairman of CFFA’s Vinyl Roofing Division. Drew earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from the University of Northern Iowa and master’s degree in business administration from Florida State University.
Drew has over 29 years experience in business and industry in various engineering and managerial capacities. He has worked in the U.S. and Canadian operations for a major international manufacturer of pre-engineered steel buildings, was a financial analyst with a major athletic apparel manufacturer and was an owner of a general contracting company.

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