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The implementation of environmentally sustainable “green” practices has become a priority for many of our clients, and organizations are keen to develop sustainable business models to bolster their green credentials. K&L Gates advises on how to integrate environmentally responsible principles into real estate initiatives and provides up to date and practical advice on incoming legislation and new policy initiatives.

Our sustainable development group includes lawyers from diverse practice areas and markets who focus on sustainable development issues that arise for our clients in both the real estate and business areas. K&L Gates offers one of the largest groups of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-accredited lawyers in the industry with 30 lawyers across our global platform having earned LEED accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). We are able to advise and respond to "green" building and LEED issues, as well as advise clients on incorporating sustainability concepts into their business plans and daily practices. The issues we address are in the areas of environmental, land use, real estate development, leasing, construction, energy, emerging business, and corporate law.

The scope of our services includes:

  • Advising clients regarding green buildings, including the financing, development, construction, retrofitting, and third-party certification (including LEED certification) of commercial, retail, industrial, and residential projects.
  • Advising clients regarding emerging contractual and litigation issues in the design and construction of green buildings, including LEED-certified buildings.
  • Assisting developers through the entitlement process as local governments heighten focus on sustainable development issues.
  • Representing clients with regard to green leasing, including drafting and negotiating RFPs, letters of intent, lease agreements, and related legal documents.
  • Monitoring and advocating regarding legislation and regulatory developments at the local and state levels.
  • Advising clients on local, state, and federal incentives for sustainable development and business practices.
  • Representing clients before state and local agencies, boards, councils, and commissions
  • Organizing interest group coalitions and grassroots efforts.

Areas of Practice

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Represented a developer in connection with a 14-story mixed-use project in Nashville, TN. The building will be one of the first LEED-certified high-rise residential buildings in the Southeastern U.S. We worked closely with the client in arranging its debt and equity financing. Our team was involved in negotiating the venture agreement with the investment fund, as well as a development agreement and related agreements on behalf of our client and negotiating and closing the construction financing.
Advised a green shopping center developer on the development of six neighborhood shopping centers.
Represented a national developer in mixed use project on brownfields site in Charleston, SC that incorporated "green" building and sustainable development elements.
Developed a comprehensive green multi-tenant lease and related forms including an RFP, letter of intent, sustainability questionnaire, and lease exhibit as well as conducted an on-line training program for the real estate group and service partners for a global technology company.
Assisted a client in drafting real estate-related documents for a mixed-use sustainable development project.
Advised clients on issues related to LEED certification in the leasing and development contexts.
Counseled a client regarding LEED-related construction and associated potential liability issues.
Represented and advised a local government in the negotiation of a development agreement for a public/private mixed-use real estate venture incorporating green building and sustainable development elements, including LEED requirements.
Assisted clients in the negotiation of and compliance with brownfields agreements at the state and federal levels.
Represented a client in the drafting of an amendment to local government's Unified Development Ordinance to create a new sustainable development zoning district and entitlements process in order to facilitate the development of a large-scale, sustainable, mixed-use, transit-oriented community.