Ecodistrict fans tap BOMA's Lange's expertise

American Assets' Wade Lange touted the Lloyd EcoDistrict's advances at a recent New Zealand summit.

Wade Lange recently went on one of those rare business trips that could deliver benefits for Portland long after his return.

Lange, general manager for American Assets trust, hit the Green Property Summit in New Zealand in March. He did so at organizers' request to talk about the Lloyd EcoDistrict, of which he's the president.

The Property Council of New Zealand, as it turns out, wants to learn more about the city's full-district development philosophy. And Lange, who's also on the area's Building Owners and Management Association's international executive committee, was more than eager to share.

We caught up with Lange for an email interview earlier today.

Sustainable Business Oregon: What’s the Green Property Summit? And what led you to attend?

Wade Lange: The Green Property Summit is New Zealand’s foremost green building event. The Summit is a partnership between the Property Council of New Zealand (the equivalent of our Building Owners and Managers Association, BOMA) and New Zealand Green Building Council. The Summit delivers valuable green building information and education to the New Zealand property industry.

While attending the BOMA International Conference in Seattle in 2012, Connal Townsend, the Chief Executive of the Property Council of New Zealand, heard about the EcoDistricts being established in Portland. As he began working on the Summit he called Susan Steward, the executive director of BOMA Oregon to inquire about EcoDistricts, and specifically, about the Lloyd EcoDistrict, which he found through his research to be the most advanced in the process.

Through my position on the BOMA Oregon Board of Directors and as a member of BOMA International’s Executive Committee, and as president of the Lloyd EcoDistrict, Susan felt they should talk to me.

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