Bergman Real Estate Group Announces MajorSustainability Initiatives Across All Properties

Bergman Real Estate Group is contributing to a greener future.

The New Jersey-based full-service real estate investment and management company
is investing significantly into multiple sustainability initiatives across its two-million-
square-foot portfolio of office buildings. Large investments in renewable energy and
small changes alike make up the full package of initiatives, from changes in cleaning
supplies to the use of energy-efficient LED lighting, and more efficient HVAC
controlled by modern building management systems that optimize energy
consumption for better climate control.

“We are making a major commitment to our tenants and our joint venture partners by
investing in a cleaner and more environmentally friendly world,” said Steven.
Bergman, Chief Operating Officer, Bergman Real Estate Group. “We want to do as
much as we can to be a sustainable partner.”

The new sustainability initiatives are part of the Bergman Cares program. Launched
In 2020, the program offers a growing suite of amenities at Bergman-managed.
properties that aim to promote the health, safety, and well-being of tenant employees.

“Prioritizing a healthy workplace goes beyond the enhanced HVAC filtration and
cleaning procedures – it’s a holistic view that takes into account what’s important for
employees and therefore to tenants as their businesses attract talent,” said Michael.
Bergman, CEO and President, Bergman Real Estate Group. “Offering
environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions on a large scale is important for
businesses and their employees alike, as they want to work with companies doing
their part to support a greener world.”

The newly launched sustainability program is anchored by a rooftop solar panel.
initiative that has been in development for the last decade.

“For the last 10 years, we’ve been working to implement a solar program that helps
lower the carbon footprint of our properties while saving tenants money,” Steven
Bergman said. “We are excited to share that our properties now use clean, renewable.
energy that benefits our tenants and the environment.”

Properties to be outfitted with solar panels this year include 555 US 1 South in
Iselin, NJ, 201 W. Passaic Street in Rochelle Park, NJ, 51 Haddonfield Road in
Cherry Hill, NJ, and 100-110 South Jefferson Road in Whippany, NJ Other
properties will receive solar upgrades as roofs need replacement, so plans to add
renewable energy are baked into each property’s capital improvements program.

The projected energy savings of nearly 20% annually, coupled with the fixed cost of
solar that helps the real estate firm better project cash flow, adds approximately $1
million in value, Steven Bergman said.

“Switching to solar power brings an incredible benefit for our tenants and for Bergman.
Realty,” he said, adding that the addition of solar panels is paid for with tax credits,
generating no out-of-pocket costs for either Bergman or tenants to benefit from
renewable energy.

Through a partnership with forestry nonprofit American Forests, Bergman Real Estate
Group is committing to planting trees in addition to the green initiatives conducted at
its properties. The real estate firm will plant trees in each new tenant’s name for each
new lease signed at any Bergman property.

“Through this initiative, we are contributing to a greener planet beyond our
campuses,” Steven Bergman said. “And to do so on behalf of our new tenants
establishes from the get-go that we are committing to these sustainability initiatives
on every level.”

Greener transportation options are another priority in the sustainability program,
including electric vehicle (EV) charging stations currently underway and bike sharing
programs available at many Bergman properties. EV chargers are currently
operational at 75 Livingston Ave., Roseland, NJ, with more installations scheduled
at other properties by the end of 2022.

“There’s an undeniable, increasing demand from tenants to make electric chargers.
and other ‘green’ transportation available,” Steven Bergman said. “We are committed
to adding more EV stations and expanding the bike sharing program at additional
properties.”

In addition to this larger investment on an institutional level, Bergman Real Estate
Group has initiated several smaller switches that add up to big changes for both the
company and the planet. All buildings have switched to sustainable products such as
restroom paper supplies made with high recycled content, green certified cleaning
products, and paints low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Recycling programs
are in effect at every building as well.

“Environmentally friendly improvements of all sizes are a win-win for everyone, as
they all contribute to a healthier world for us and for future generations,” Steven Bergman said. “Together, our tenants, joint venture partners and Bergman Real
Estate Group can contribute to a greener, brighter future for all.”

For more information about our green initiatives, or to view availability at Bergman
properties, visit www.BergmanRealty.com.

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