Green Leases: Evolving Legal Issues for Commercial Landlords and Tenants

Negotiating and Crafting Cost-Effective and Environmentally Friendly Lease Terms

Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Thursday, October 13, 2011

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Course Materials

This CLE course will prepare real estate counsel to craft commercial leases with provisions focused on energy and environmental goals. The panel will examine green provisions commonly negotiated by landlords and tenants and outline potential legal risks for landlords and tenants entering into green leases.


Green leasing continues to be a hot trend in commercial real estate. Commercial tenants are demanding space with sustainability-related features, forcing landlords to draft new leases or modify existing leases to incorporate green design and construction components.

Green leasing presents a number of unique challenges. Because the guidance available for green leases is minimal, landlords and tenants are unsure what to expect of each other or of a green tenancy. Careful drafting is critical to ensure leases that anticipate and address potential areas of dispute.

Listen as our authoritative panel of real estate attorneys explains common provisions and potential legal pitfalls for landlords and tenants entering into green leases. The panel will outline best practices for negotiating and crafting leases and dealing with common legal and operational issues.



  1. Current trends in green leasing
  2. Elements of an effective green leasing program
    1. Establishment of sustainability goals
    2. Communication of goals to team, including landlord
    3. Site selection guidelines
    4. Request for proposal
    5. Letter of intent
    6. Lease
  3. Key provisions in green leases
    1. Construction and design
    2. Sustainability and energy efficiency standards
    3. Allocation of operating expenses and operating expense pass-throughs
    4. Operation and maintenance obligations
    5. Insurance


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • How can commercial landlords craft leases that responsibly incorporate green building and maintenance concepts while minimizing costs, expense and legal risks?
  • What are the key environmental responsibility provisions that should be considered when developing real estate leasing agreements?
  • What are some best practices for commercial landlords and tenants for resolving disputes arising from green leasing arrangements?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.


Louise C. Adamson, LEED-AP, ID&C
Louise C. Adamson, LEED-AP, ID&C

K&L Gates

She has substantial experience with real estate acquisition and disposition, leasing, financing, development and...  |  Read More

Jon F. Leyens, Jr.
Jon F. Leyens, Jr.

Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz

He focuses his practice on commercial real estate leasing and development, and business financing. He has represented...  |  Read More

Steven A. Teitelbaum
Steven A. Teitelbaum
Senior Real Estate Advisor
Office of Station Area Planning & Asset Management, Department of Planning & Joint Development, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

He negotiates and coordinates private sector real estate development on Washington Metropolitan Area Transit...  |  Read More

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