Author: Nina Tallering
Nina Tallering is the manager of verification and program development at Green Building Services Inc., a Portland, Oregon, consulting firm on sustainability. The firm—with Regency Centers and Ecoxera—is helping craft the Green Retail Guide: Integrating LEED into Your Leasing Process for the U.S. Green Building Council to help landlords and retail tenants develop mutually beneficial relationships with sustainability in mind.
Articles by Nina Tallering
- Greening Retail: Working through the Disconnect
Published on May 01, 2010 in Sustainability
The retail industry has lagged behind the sustainability curve for some time, but is now quickly catching up as developers, landlords, and tenants seek to “green” their retail facilities to realize operational gains, demonstrate environmental stewardship, and capture increasingly conscientious consumers. However, because little information is available on the best leasing structure to benefit both landlords and tenants, many opportunities in retail real estate and store planning remain on the shelf.
Later this year, the U.S. Green Building Council will launch Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ratings for retail facilities to help illuminate best practices in the retail real estate market. Contrary to common belief, greening the retail building market involves much more than buildout; for example, it encompasses site selection, structuring of a green lease, tenant-space buildout, operations and maintenance, and communication strategies.