NRDC Washington, D.C.: Sustainable Workplace Practices in Washington, D.C.

In July 2011, NRDC—an international nonprofit environmental organization committed to protecting the world’s natural resources, public health, and environment—relocated its Washington, D.C., office to a new space designed with a focus on energy efficiency and sustainability. The specially designed energy-efficient space has high-performance measures, which are projected to yield a 30 percent annual energy savings, compared to expected energy use if the office was built to the minimum energy code requirements (ASHRAE 90.1 2007). Over the life of the 15-year lease, NRDC forecasts a net cash flow savings of $197,871.