Achieving a 20 percent reduction in energy use in America’s commercial, retail, industrial, and office buildings would save billions of dollars annually. However, lack of awareness and weak demand for energy-efficient spaces is preventing thousands of landlords and tenants from reaching this potential. Recognizing this, IMT, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) launched the Landlord-Tenant Energy Partnership, a first-of-its-kind coordinated national effort to reduce energy and water use across billions of square feet of leased space.

Increasing tenant demand and landlord-tenant collaboration is necessary to reap the massive investment and pollution-cutting benefits of a high-performance built environment. IMT’s experience working with landlords and tenants across North America reveals that business models and the technology needed to unleash tenant efficiency already exist, but are used sparingly due to legacy business practices. We know how to create programs that overcome this barrier and generate results.

By 2020, the Landlord-Tenant Energy Partnership will engage with key stakeholders to catalyze new energy-efficient investment from millions of building owners and tenants by:

  • Changing the way tenants select spaces
  • Incorporating energy efficiency and sustainability clauses in agreements as standard practice
  • Developing standards for energy efficiency build-out specifications and operations
  • Launching pilot projects with participants, and translating the results into an
    ​actionable set of tools
  • Hosting in-person and web meetings for participants and publishing resources, tools, and case studies for implementing effective sustainability strategies in leased buildings
  • Helping to develop and improve new federal recognition programs such as ENERGY STAR Tenant Space

In addition to our decades of experience, the Partnership benefits from strategic alliances with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM), as well as an advisory committee that consists of Macerich, Tishman Speyer, and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and other market influencers that will serve as channels to reach a wide span of tenants.

Take Part in the Change

To foster collaboration and break down barriers to larger savings, IMT, RILA, and ICSC invite you to take part in the Landlord-Tenant Energy Partnership.  Whether you’re looking to adopt low- and no-cost best practices, take advantage of financing solutions and utility programs to remove upfront investment costs, or adopt technology to better measure and manage your energy and improve operations, we have the knowledge and tools to help you advance your goals and achieve lasting savings and high performance. Want to know more about how to participate or become a sponsor of the initiative? Contact us at and visit

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