FirstService Residential has become the first property management firm to join the Mayor’s Carbon Challenge, a New York City program aimed at reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in multifamily residential buildings.
With the residential sector accounting for 37 percent of the City’s total emissions, FirstService Residential jumped at the opportunity to further help its clients reduce their environmental impact.
The FirstService Residential portfolio of properties that participate in the program will pledge to reduce emissions by 30 percent in ten years.
In turn, participants receive help from a qualified team of professionals to identify cost-saving ways to reduce their building’s energy use and begin realizing the benefits of energy efficiency.
“As the city’s largest residential management company, FirstService Residential is committed to helping our clients implement effective strategies for energy efficiency,” said Dan Wurtzel, president, FirstService Residential New York, which manages more than 75 million square feet of residential real estate.
“Our participation in the Carbon Challenge will enable us to provide our board members and residents with an added layer of professional resources, technical knowledge, and financial assistance that will further promote efficiency and accelerate a reduction in emissions across our portfolio.”
FirstService Residential and its energy subsidiary, FS Energy, have been advising clients in consumption reduction applications and energy cost savings strategies since 2009.
To date, clients have saved nearly $20 million in energy costs and reduced their carbon footprint by over 15 percent through a variety of measures ranging from an energy aggregation purchasing program to preventive maintenance and grants for retrofit projects.