Tom Southern dares to work reception for Earth Hour

Sydney, 20 March 2012- CBRE President and CEO, Australia and New Zealand Tom Southern dares to work the reception of the firm’s Sydney head office for a morning if 500 CBRE staff in the pacific pledge to participate in Earth Hour at home.

The pledge is part of the ‘I Will If You Will’ challenge launched as part of Earth Hour 2012 and also aligns with CBRE’s ongoing commitment to sustainability.

Globally, the Earth Hour initiative will be encouraged throughout CBRE-managed buildings and offices in North America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. CBRE is aiming to go above and beyond its 2011 record of over 38.46 million square metres (414 million square feet) of managed property.

This will include over 3.5 million square metres of CBRE-managed property in the Pacific Region.

If more than 46.5 million square metres (500 million square feet) of CBRE managed space participates in Earth Hour, CBRE's Global Director of Sustainability, Dave Pogue will install solar panels on his house.

Earth Hour will take place on Saturday March 31between 8.30pm and 9.30pm. The event began in 2007 as a single-city initiative in Sydney, Australia and has grown Earth Hour into the world’s largest public environmental action.

Among other CBRE dares, Executive Director Asia Pacific Asset Services, Sam Cuccurrullo, has pledged to walk to and from work in Hong Kong 60 times (being one walk per each minute of Earth Hour) after a major client committed 97% of their CBRE-managed office space to participating in the event.

In Perth, CBRE Senior Managing Director Peter Agostino , has pledged to eat salad for lunch for a week as CBRE Pacific has outperformed the firm's 2011 Earth Hour total of managed space participating in the event.

CBRE is encouraging personal participation from all staff across Australia and New Zealand as well as globally among its 31,000 employees and observance in its more than 300 CBRE offices around the world.

CBRE’s Head of Sustainability, Rebecca Pearce said the Earth Hour initiative was a great opportunity for CBRE’s Pacific staff to demonstrate their dedication to the environment beyond their time at work, by making small commitments to change in their homes and their community.

Last year, CBRE became the first commercial real estate services firm in Australia to be certified under the Australian Government’s carbon neutral initiative.

CBRE achieved carbon neutrality for its 2010 global operations and is in the process calculating the firm’s carbon footprint for 2011.


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