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Waypoint and Industry Associations – Covering Commercial Real Estate, Energy, and Everything In Between

As a leader in the commercial real estate and energy markets, Waypoint has joined several preeminent industry associations both nationally and at local levels. In doing so, Waypoint has become a part of the national and local communities as well as the conversation on issues that pertain to our work and clients. Over the years, we joined them to connect with like-minded experts in the markets to share best practices and learn others’ solutions to barriers in the industry. Here's a little more information on some of the groups in which Waypoint participates:

2030 Districts

Led by the private sector, local building industry leaders unite around a shared vision for sustainability and economic growth – while aligning with local community groups and government to achieve significant energy, water and emissions reductions within our commercial cores.

Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP)

A member-based association dedicated to improving the delivery and implementation of energy efficiency, energy management and distributed renewable resources. AESP provides professional development programs, a network of energy practitioners, and promotes the transfer of knowledge and experience.

Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International

A federation of 90 BOMA US associations and 18 international affiliates representing the owners and managers of all commercial property types, BOMA’s mission is to advance a vibrant commercial real estate industry through advocacy, influence and knowledge.

CoreNet Global

A non-profit whose mission is to advance the practice of corporate real estate through professional development opportunities, publications, research, conferences, designations and networking in 47 local chapters globally.

Urban Land Institute (ULI)

ULI provides leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. ULI is an independent global nonprofit supported by members representing the entire spectrum of real estate development and land use disciplines.

US Green Building Council (USGBC)

USGBC is committed to transforming the way our buildings are designed, constructed and operated through LEED – the top third party verification system for sustainable structures around the world.

Young Professionals in Energy (YPE)

By providing a forum for networking and career development through social, educational and civic services opportunities, YPE aims to facilitate the advancement of young professionals in the global energy industry.

As a member of these national associations, we also maintain roles of varying levels of activism in the local chapters. While a national presence is important for keeping up with the market coast-to-coast, being engaged at a local level fosters Waypoint’s drive to engage and make a difference in its local communities, whether here in the Bay Area or in cities where Waypoint has a footprint such as Portland and Los Angeles. For example, as a member of the San Francisco 2030 District, we stay up to date with the latest sustainability initiatives from the city, changes in legislation and how those involved seek to address them, all while maintaining our own voice on these matters. As a member of CoreNet Portland, Waypoint rubs elbows with fellow corporate real estate industry experts in the Pacific Northwest market. Here, Waypoint maintains our existing relationships while also expanding our network by picking the brains of fellow industry experts on topics ranging from corporate commercial real estate strategies to zero net energy buildings.

If you’re interested in learning more about these organizations, reach out to us at Waypoint and we’d be happy to discuss. There are good odds you’ll see us at regional or local conferences put out by these organizations as well, such as the BOMA International Conference this summer in Nashville, the USGBC Greenbuild Conference this fall in Boston, and the AESP National Conference next year in New Orleans.

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