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The IDS Center in Minneapolis was awarded the Three Green Globes certification by the Green Building Initiative (GBI), bringing GBI’s total commercial square feet certified to more than 500 million. GBI supports building owners, design teams and operations professionals by providing educational roadmaps and third-party certification to validate environmental, social and governance (ESG) and sustainability efforts while reducing climate impacts and improving the built environment.
IDS’s 1.5-million-square-foot, 57-story office building is a prominent structure in downtown Minneapolis.
GBI offers education, creates comprehensive and consensus-based standards, and delivers online tools that support decision making on sustainability, health and wellness, and resilience achievements. The Green Globes certification system is the only commercial building rating system to be approved as an American national standard. It is used by corporations, REITs and government, including UPS, Fidelity Investments, Crate & Barrel, Whole Foods, Amazon, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland.
Future innovative programs to be offered by GBI include validations for achievements in health and wellness and net zero and education on ESG for real estate professionals.
Dan Hounsell is senior editor for the facilities market. He has more than 25 years of experience covering engineering, maintenance, and grounds management issues in institutional and commercial facilities.
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