This white paper is the second in a two part series on Change Leadership in Climate Change for The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, Baruch College, City University of New York. The paper was launched on Friday 22 November 2013 at the Change Leadership in the Built Environment conference in New York.
Many Australian commercial real estate owners and tenants have changed their approach to energy efficiency practices over the past few years. This has been in response to emerging business drivers, including increasing legislation and growing interest from tenants, customers and the community. The most successful businesses have not just reacted to these business drivers, they have adopted an approach that is best characterized as change leadership. That is, they have combined technical excellence with a comprehensive approach to engaging managers, staff and key stakeholders in a collaborative process to progress energy efficiency improvement. These businesses have tried new approaches to energy efficiency, reviewed their progress and maintained the change leadership practices that have proven to be most successful for them in delivering comprehensive business benefits.