Program Requirements

To set the standard for a green, also known as "high-performance" or "energy-aligned" lease, the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings Alliance collaborated with an industry advisory group of leading-edge landlords, tenants, brokers and other green leasing experts. Their guidance helped inform the basic lease requirements of the Green Lease Leader recognition program, which can be found below and are also fully defined within the Green Lease Leaders online applications.

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Tenant and Landlord Recognition

Silver Level (Foundational)

  • Show required policies and best practices are in place in your organization
  • Show compliance with both prerequisites and at least five credits in the criteria outlined in the Green Lease Leader reference guides for Landlords and Tenants
  • Documentation may include:
    - Standard lease
    - Standard work letter
    - Corporate guidelines or policies
    - Template tracking documents

Gold level (Implementation)

  • Show policies and practices executed in lease transactions
  • Show compliance with both prerequisites and at least five credits in the criteria listed in the Landlord and Tenant reference guides
  • Show implementation of both prerequisites and credits pursued in at least one executed lease
  • Documentation may include:
    - Executed lease
    - Executed work letter
    - Corporate guidelines, standard operating procedures and policies
    - Completed tracking documents (e.g. energy, water or staff training)
    - Documentation of information requested or provided between landlord and tenant (e.g. emails or letters between tenants and landlords).
  • Case study may be completed with Green Lease Leader program staff

Team Transaction Recognition

The Green Lease Leaders Team Transaction category recognizes individual transactions where landlords, tenants, brokers, asset managers, lawyers, or other parties come together to develop innovative leasing solutions that improve the energy efficiency and sustainability of buildings. The award will focus on specific transactions where both parties bring sustainability goals to the table. Guidelines for the team award are:

  • Contact the Green Lease Leaders team to discuss your team transaction before applying
  • All submissions must feature at least two parties collaborating to advance green leasing concepts and high-performance buildings (e.g. landlord and tenant; landlord, broker and tenant, etc.)
  • Documentation may include executed leases
  • Executed leases and other documentation must meet at least two prerequisites and at least five credits from the minimum criteria of the Tenant and/or Landlord recognition criteria. For example, the least may comply with one perquisite from the Landlord criteria and one prerequisite from the Tenant criteria
  • Submissions will be the considered by the Green Lease Leaders recognition program on a case-by-case basis


Green Lease Leader Library

The Green Lease Leaders program is part of, the premier website for green lease guidance, best practices, and resources. Visit our Guidance page for resources and toolkits on how to develop, negotiate, and implement green leases. Head to our Lease Forms & Case Studies page for green lease templates and successful examples of applying green leasing best practices.