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Wendy Fok, Project Director, Commercial Buildings Efficiency, Center for Market Innovation, New York

Wendy Fok

I joined NRDC’s Center for Market Innovation in 2011, and take a design approach to developing solutions to improve how we live and work. At CMI, I focus on proving the business case for enhancing energy performance in buildings. By leading the way with a clear process and data to back it up, market transformation will follow.

Before landing at NRDC, I worked in real estate services, leading the program development of the Empire State Building retrofit and design and construction at Grand Central Terminal with Jones Lang LaSalle. I’ve also designed and managed commercial and residential projects in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. I have a Bachelor of Architecture degree from University of Texas at Austin, and am a Registered Architect in New York State, and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Recent Posts

Tenant Star: Cost-Saving Real Estate Energy Efficiency Solutions Power through the House

Posted March 5, 2014 by Wendy Fok

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Today, the U.S. House passed an energy efficiency bill that includes a groundbreaking “Tenant Star” program designed to accelerate energy efficiency in leased commercial spaces, which could cut utility bills for landlords and tenants by an estimated $2 billion dollars...continued

Tenant Star: Market-Driven Energy Efficiency Best Practices Win Bipartisan House Support

Posted February 3, 2014 by Wendy Fok

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In an extraordinary signal of strong bipartisan leadership, last week the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously passed “The Better Buildings Act of 2013” (HR 2126), with a game changing Tenant Star program, in an example of how to...continued

NY Energy State of Mind: Public authority selects energy efficiency showcase office space

Posted November 27, 2013 by Wendy Fok

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In a move that demonstrates that tenant demand for energy efficient buildings is stronger than ever, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recently signed a lease for its New York City office at 1359 Broadway, an...continued

TENANT STAR: Energy Star Companion Seeks to Transform Recognition in Commercial Interiors

Posted July 16, 2013 by Wendy Fok

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A powerful coalition of real estate owners, developers, and service companies are rallying around TENANT STAR, a groundbreaking program to significantly reduce energy use in commercial office buildings.  The new label builds from the existing ENERGY STAR brand, providing a...continued

NRDC Advises on NYC Mayor's Carbon Challenge to Help Commercial Tenants Save Big

Posted April 18, 2013 by Wendy Fok

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At last, tenants take center stage.  Today, Mayor Bloomberg announced 10 leading corporations have joined the Mayor’s Carbon Challenge, committing to reduce energy use and carbon emissions in their leased space by 30% in the next ten years.  In total...continued

Less is More: A "How-To" Guide to Saving Energy and Money in Commercial Office Buildings

Posted November 26, 2012 by Wendy Fok

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In the U.S., over $20 billion a year is spent on energy use in commercial office buildings.  With tenant spaces responsible for more than half of a commercial office building’s total energy use, this area is fertile ground for reducing...continued


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