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Investing for Good

Environmentally responsible investing shows that it’s possible to do well by doing good. That’s why investors like Mike Pixley are drawn to Principal Real Estate Investors, our commercial real estate division.

“For me and my family, investing is all about preparing for the future. So it just makes sense to invest in a way that helps to protect the future of our environment while also helping us plan for our future financial needs,” says Pixley.

As with all our businesses, our approach to sustainable investing is built around serving the goals of our clients and investors. The majority of our clients are focused on the triple bottom line - People, Profit, Planet. Over the years, we have shown that sustainable investment not only has the potential to improve the bottom line long term, but they can achieve that goal while protecting the environment and creating properties in which employees and tenants will want to work and live.

Some of our key sustainability achievements include:

LEED® Certified Properties[1] 56 buildings, spanning over 12.3 million square feet and valued at more than $3.4 billion. 60 percent of office portfolios, based on market value, is LEED certified.
LEED® Registered Properties[2] 55 buildings, spanning more than 7.8 million square feet and valued at over $1.7 billion.
Energy Star® Certification[3] 99 buildings, spanning nearly 17 million square feet and valued at over $4.2 billion have achieved an Energy Star® designation; current average rating of 84[4].

In addition:

  • Principal Real Estate Investors has eight LEED Accredited Professionals on staff as well as a green task force of real estate professionals that focuses on establishing and driving portfolio-wide initiatives such as energy reduction, environmentally sustainable building features and top-tier operating practices.
  • In April 2013, Principal Real Estate Investors was ranked #2 by Commercial Property Executive as being one of the greenest commercial real estate companies in the United States. The real estate publication’s annual ranking puts Principal Real Estate Investors in a class of companies forging the path for a sustainable future.
  • In 2011, Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International recognized Principal Real Estate Investors as one of its BOMA STARS — a BOMA initiative that recognizes building owners and managers that voluntarily address energy efficiency.
  • We offer a Green Investment fund, The Principal Green Property Fund—a closed-end, commingled fund sponsored and managed by Principal Real Estate Investors. The Green Fund is focused primarily on opportunities to acquire and reposition existing U.S. properties that are designed to achieve LEED certified status.
  • Principal Global Investors, our asset management division, is a signatory for the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment. Signatories commit to considering the six principles related to environmental, social and corporate governance issues in the course of doing business.

“Over the years, we’ve proven time and again to investors that sustainable investment not only has the potential to improve their bottom line longer term, but that they can achieve that goal while protecting the environment,” says Pat Halter, CEO, Principal Real Estate Investors.

  • 1 Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design
  • 2 Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design
  • 3 ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager is a Web-based tool maintained by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • 4 Includes all certifications for 2012 and 2013

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