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Washingtonian Magazine and Washington Business Journal present first Green Awards to The Tower Companies
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15 May 2008
On 15 May 2008 PR Newswire reported:
Washingtonian Magazine has given The Tower Companies (based in North Bethesda, Maryland, near Washington, DC, USA) its first Washingtonian Green Awards for being green-building pioneers in the design and construction of the world's largest Vedic office building. In addition, the Washington Business Journal has given the company a Green Company of the Year Award. Tower Company partner, Jeff Abramson, is a well-known practitioner of the Transcendental Meditation technique.
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On 6 May, Washingtonian Magazine presented the Corporate Leader in Green Building Award to The Tower Companies.
The newly created Washingtonian Green Awards are 'celebrating Washingtonians who preserve and protect the environment through education, by promoting green building, and by teaching the importance of living green.'
The Tower Companies were honoured for 'being green-building pioneers and fierce proponents of sustainable design and construction; one of the nation's largest buyers of green power, buying wind energy for its 13 buildings; (building) the first LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] apartment complex in the U.S. and for 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard, the world's largest Vedic office building.'
The Washington Business Journal has also honoured The Tower Companies in their first green category, which recognizes businesses that promote environmentally sustainable economic development. The company won for the Green Company of the Year Award for Best Real Estate Deals.
Publisher Alex Orfinger stated that the award is designed 'to reward a real estate-related company that has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to improving the science and the art that goes into the design and construction of buildings in our region . . . to single out companies for whom green has never been a fad, but rather a longstanding principle that reflects their values and actions.'
He stated, 'The Tower Companies is a family run company and longtime D.C.-area developer responsible for some of the area's most successful retail and residential developments, including White Flint, the Blairs in Silver Spring and Tower Oaks in Rockville.'
Orfinger went on to say, 'From partner Jeff Abramson's well-known practice of Transcendental Meditation to its two major current projects, 2000 Tower Oaks in Rockville and 1050 K Street, downtown, both were designed to achieve Gold LEED.'
The Tower Companies is one of eight carbon neutral companies in the United States.
According to their website, the company has won numerous city, county, state, and national awards including:
• 2007 Business of the Year Award from the DC Chamber of Commerce,
• 2006 and 2003 Green Power Leadership Awards from the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy,
• 2003 Green Building Award from the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington.
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