As part of the governor’s commitment to reduce the state’s impact on the environment, DGS recently implemented new sustainability measures into its leases thanks to the hard work of the Real Estate Leasing and Planning Section (RELPS) of the Real Estate Services Division.

RELPS works with building owners to lease space to state agencies in property that is owned in the private sector. Anytime a new deal comes forward, there will now be language in the leases that specifies how the space can be more environmentally friendly.

Some of the sustainability measures developed by RELPS for future leases include:

  • Mandatory recycling of construction waste for initial space for tenant improvements and subsequent alternations.
  • Encouraged participation in the California Carpet Stewardship Program, which recycles carpet and keeps it from the landfill – saving resources, reducing greenhouse gases and saving landfill space.
  • Reusing or recycling leftover paint using a paint retailer, transfer station or household hazardous waste facility.
  • Installing electrical sub-meters and providing energy use data into Energy Star’s Portfolio Manager.
  • Using cleaning products that are low emitting and meet Green Seal (GS).
  • Installing electric charger stations, and more.

“This is a badge of honor for us to be part of the greening of these facilities,” said Patrick Foster, chief of RELPS. “Our aim is to satisfy our clients’ needs, while still reaching the state’s sustainability goals.”

In addition to the greener lease language, RELPS is also developing a building rating system focused on proximity of a property to public transportation in order to encourage mass transit use by state employees.

With more than 1,800 active leases and 20 million square feet of leased space throughout the state, RELPS has a proven track record of managing state leases that deliver quality space for our customers.

Written by California Department of General Services

The Department of General Services (DGS) serves as business manager for the state of California. General Services helps to better serve the public by providing a variety of services to state agencies through procurement and acquisition solutions, real estate management and design, environmentally friendly transportation, professional printing, design and web services, and funding for the creation and construction of safe schools. The DGS vision: Excellence in the Business of Government!

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