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Edmonton’s City Hall has received a national environmental certification thanks to recent renovations that make the 17-year old building more energy efficient.

City Hall received a BOMA BESt - Level 1 certification from the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Canada, the voice of the Canadian commercial real estate industry. The BOMA BESt certification stands for Building Environmental Standards, and recognizes a property manager's commitment to the best environmental practices and standards.

The BESt assessment tool helps property owners and managers maintain standards of excellence that reinforce the daily practices of environmentally-aware tenants. Buildings are assessed in key environmental areas including: energy, water, waste reduction and site, indoor environment, environmental management systems and emissions and effluent.

The green practices established at City Hall include converting to low-energy use lighting, replacing old carpet with more environmentally-friendly carpet, using green products in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and having custodial staff use green cleaning products.

Employees are continually encouraged to reduce their environmental footprint by turning off lights, recycling paper, metals, glass, cardboard, plastic, and toner cartridges from printers.

Edmonton is the second city in Canada to receive green certification. Level 1 certification represents an organization’s green practices.

The City of Edmonton is an environmental leader in the community, and City Hall is a showcase of this leadership.

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