Partnering with national and international organizations is critical to achieving our sustainability goals.
ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager: Clarion Partners is an active user of the EPA's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, with over 1,200 properties with profiles. We aim to benchmark all assets on Portfolio Manager as well as utilize the tool's features to set goals, monitor performance via the ENERGY STAR score and develop targeted efficiency strategies. It is also our intent to ENERGY STAR certify all eligible assets.
Fitwel: Fitwel is a premier health-based certification system committed to building health for all. In 2018, we earned our first six Fitwel certifications and certified an additional four properties in 2019. Clarion recently became a Fitwel Champion and continues to implement Fitwel's wellness strategies at our properties.
GRESB: Since 2012, Clarion has participated in the annual GRESB assessment, an industry-driven organization committed to assessing the sustainability performance of real estate portfolios around the globe. Assessment results for Clarion's three open-end funds are provided to existing and potential investors as a metric for ESG performance.
International WELL Building Institute (IWBI): The International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) is leading the global movement to transform our buildings and communities in ways that help people thrive. IWBI delivers the cutting-edge WELL Building Standard™, the leading global rating system and the first to be focused exclusively on the ways that buildings, and everything in them, can improve our comfort, drive better choices, and generally enhance, not compromise, our health and wellness. Clarion Partners became an IWBI member in 2020 and Clarion's Director of Sustainability has held the WELL Accredited Professional designation since 2016.
Measurabl: Clarion has utilized Measurabl's software since 2013 to track ESG metrics such as utility data, certifications and projects for our funds that report to GRESB. We also gather automated energy and water data through Measurabl's utility sync feature.
ULI Greenprint: Clarion Partners is a proud member of the Urban Land Institute Greenprint Center for Building Performance, a dedicated center of research and programming at the Urban Land Institute. As a member of its Advisory Board and Performance Committee, Clarion is part of a worldwide alliance of real state owners, investors, financial institutions and other industry stakeholders committed to reducing carbon emissions across the global property industry.
United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI): Clarion has voluntarily reported our ESG practices annually to PRI since 2013. As a signatory to PRI, Clarion publicly demonstrates our commitment to responsible investment and commits to the six Principles for Responsible Investment, a voluntary and aspirational set of investment principles that offer a menu of possible actions for incorporating ESG issues into investment practice. With the six Principles for Responsible Investment, the UNPRI encourages investors to use responsible investment to enhance returns and better manage risks.
U.S. Green Building Council: As a member of the USGBC, Clarion Partners is transforming how we design, build and operate our properties using the LEED rating system as a guide. We continue to LEED certify eligible assets and favor properties with LEED certification during the acquisition process. Many of our policies, as well as our design standards, reference LEED credits and utilize the performance-based strategies to improve the efficiency and sustainability of our properties.
Verdani Partners: In 2013, Clarion engaged Verdani Partners to assist with the development and implementation of the firm's ESG programs. Partnering with Verdani allows Clarion to leverage the consulting firm's wide range of professionals and expertise including sustainable real estate experts, technical engineers and certifications specialists.