Past Event

Unpacking High Performance Leases: Decarbonizing Commercial Office Spaces

December 9, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
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Join the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and the NYC Climate Action Alliance for a deep dive on high performance leases (virtual event).

While occupancy fell to historic lows in 2020, building energy use only dropped 10–20%. The explanation for this discrepancy lies in lease terms that lock in inefficient procedures and impede efforts to reduce carbon emissions. High performance leases are a solution for driving sustained decarbonization in commercial office spaces: they equitably align costs and benefits of energy savings between landlords and tenants, and can position the real estate industry to comply with emerging local and state carbon regulations applicable to the built environment.

Join the NYC Climate Action Alliance and the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School for a deep dive on high performance leases. During this event, we’ll walk through a model high performance lease and the provisions that differentiate it from a conventional lease. You will then hear from industry experts who are implementing energy-aligned provisions in practice.

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Stephanie Margolis

Executive Director, NYC Climate Action Alliance

Margaret Holden

Associate, Sive Paget Riesel



Stuart Kaplan

Partner, Blank Rome LLP

Laurie Rothenberg

Assistant General Counsel, Pfizer



Amy Turner

Senior Fellow - Cities Climate Law Initiative, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law