“We do not have to wait for historical commentary to show us that green buildings are smarter, healthier and more efficient,” says John “Chip” Akridge III, founder and chairman of the Washington, D.C.-based commercial real estate firm bearing his name and a member of the NREI Sustainability Board of Advisors. “There is no turning back—high-performance, energy-efficient, sustainable buildings are here to stay. And we believe that smart sustainability does not cost—it pays!”