Grubb Properties

At a Glance


Real Estate

Project Type

Commercial Energy Efficiency




Charlotte, NC

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Annual kWh Savings:

590,000 kWh

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Annual CO2 Reductions:

380 metric tons


Lindsay McCombs investigated energy efficiency opportunities across the real estate portfolio.


Lindsay McCombs spent her summer as an EDF Climate Corps fellow at Grubb Properties, a fully integrated real estate company, focused on the Charlotte and Triangle markets of North Carolina. McCombs, a MBA student at University of North Carolina, worked with Grubb Properties to identify and evaluate energy efficiency improvements for their portfolio of commercial and multi-family real estate in Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C.


McCombs investigated opportunities at four properties. She analyzed a variety of projects including the installation of vending machine sensors, LED lighting retrofits and use of window film. In addition to working with existing buildings, McCombs worked with the development team to create efficiency guidelines for new construction. She also helped internal committees establish company sustainability practices and evaluate the feasibility of using renewable energy to light buildings.

Potential Impact

In total, McCombs identified opportunities that could reduce annual energy costs by approximately $53,000, cut approximately 590,000 kWh of electricity and avoid 380 tons of CO2 emissions.

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