SL Green Achieves Gold

Reckson/SL Green's 500 West Putnam Avenue Receives LEED-EB Gold Certification

New York, NY – February 20, 2013Reckson, a Division of SL Green, is pleased to announce that 500 West Putnam Avenue, a 121,000-square-foot, four-story office building in Greenwich, Connecticut, has been awarded a LEED-EB Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. 

“Reckson is very pleased to announce this significant designation, expanding our market leading sustainable program,” said John Barnes, Reckson senior vice president, and managing director.  “In addition to receiving the Energy Star Label for three consecutive years, 500 West Putnam Avenue is only one of two buildings in the state of Connecticut to publicly receive a LEED-Existing Buildings (EB) Gold certification.” 

This is the third LEED-EB certification for SL Green; the company achieved a prestigious LEED-EB Silver certification in 2009 for 100 Park Avenue, the redeveloped 36-story, 825,815-square-foot ‘Modern Classic’ situated across from Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan.  In 2011, SL Green received a LEED-EB Gold Certification for 360 Hamilton Avenue, in White Plains, NY, the 384,000-square-foot property located in White Plains, NY.

According to Jay Black, SL Green director of sustainability, “LEED certified buildings can have a profound environmental impact.  500 West Putnam recycles more than 50% of its waste, reduced energy use by 10%, and improved water consumption by 37% to achieve this noteworthy designation.  In addition, the property installed a white roof to reduce heat gain, and a rooftop solar panel system that contributes 7% of the building’s annual energy needs.”   Black adds, “LEED Certified Buildings have also shown to reduce employee absenteeism and enhance productivity for its occupants, according to the USGBC.”

“These are important achievements that reflect our ongoing commitment to sustainability,” according to John Barnes. “It’s essential that we continue to deliver the highest quality of office space, utilizing LEED standards to provide more productive and healthier working environments.”

About SL Green

SL Green Realty Corp., New York City's largest office landlord, is the only fully integrated real estate investment trust, or REIT, that is focused primarily on acquiring, managing and maximizing value of Manhattan commercial properties. As of December 31, 2012, SL Green owned interests in 85 Manhattan properties totaling 40.8 million square feet. This included ownership interests in 27.8 million square feet of commercial properties and debt and preferred equity investments secured by 13.0 million square feet of properties. In addition to its Manhattan investments, SL Green holds ownership interests in 31 suburban assets totaling 5.4 million square feet in Brooklyn, Long Island, Westchester County, Connecticut and New Jersey, along with four development properties in the suburbs encompassing approximately 0.5 million square feet. The Company also has ownership interests in 31 properties totaling 4.5 million square feet in southern California.