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COPT Publishes 2018 Sustainability Report
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COPT Publishes 2018 Sustainability Report

Earns 4th Consecutive “Green Star” Rating
from GRESB 2018 Survey

COLUMBIA, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Corporate Office Properties Trust (“COPT” or the Company) (NYSE: OFC)
has posted its 2018 Sustainability Report in the ‘Latest Updates’
section of COPT’s Investors website:

Included in the 2018 Sustainability Report are selected highlights from
the 2018 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (“GRESB”) survey
where COPT earned its 4th consecutive Green Star rating. The
GRESB annual survey is the global real estate industry’s most rigorous
assessment of sustainability performance and its Green Star rating
represents high achievement in each of the survey’s seven aspects.

COPT’s 2018 Sustainability Report outlines the Company’s dedication to
providing transparency in environmental, social and governance (“ESG”)
practices that constitute its corporate sustainability platform.


GRESB’s mission is to enhance and protect shareholder value by assessing
and empowering sustainability practices in the real asset sector. GRESB
assesses the sustainability performance of real asset sector portfolios
and assets in public, private and direct sectors worldwide. It offers
environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) data, scorecards,
benchmark reports and portfolio analysis tools.

Its annual dynamic survey collects information regarding the
sustainability performance of companies, funds and assets, including
information on performance indicators, such as energy, GHG emissions,
water and waste. Survey questions are guided by what investors and the
industry consider to be material issues in the sustainability
performance of real asset investments and are aligned with international
reporting frameworks such as GRI and PRI. For more information, please
refer to

Company Information

COPT is a REIT that owns, manages, leases, develops and selectively
acquires office and data center properties in locations that support the
United States Government and its contractors, most of whom are engaged
in national security, defense and information technology (“IT”) related
activities servicing what it believes are growing, durable, priority
missions (“Defense/IT Locations”). The Company also owns a portfolio of
office properties located in select urban/urban-like submarkets in the
Greater Washington, DC/Baltimore region with durable Class-A office
fundamentals and characteristics (“Regional Office Properties”). As of
March 31, 2019, the Company derived 89% of its core portfolio annualized
revenue from Defense/IT Locations and 11% from its Regional Office
Properties. As of the same date and including six buildings owned
through an unconsolidated joint venture, COPT’s core portfolio of 163
office and data center shell properties encompassed 18.2 million square
feet and was 93.7% leased; the Company also owned one wholesale data
center with a critical load of 19.25 megawatts.

Forward-Looking Information

This press release may contain “forward-looking” statements, as
defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, that are based on the Company’s
current expectations, estimates and projections about future events and
financial trends affecting the Company. Forward-looking statements can
be identified by the use of words such as “may,” “will,” “should,”
“could,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “estimate,” “plan” or other
comparable terminology.
Forward-looking statements are inherently
subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which the Company cannot
predict with accuracy and some of which the Company might not even
Although the Company believes that the expectations,
estimates and projections reflected in such forward-looking statements
are based on reasonable assumptions at the time made, the Company can
give no assurance that these expectations, estimates and projections
will be achieved.
Future events and actual results may differ
materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements.

Important factors that may affect these expectations, estimates, and
projections include, but are not limited to:

  • general economic and business conditions, which will, among other
    things, affect office property and data center demand and rents,
    tenant creditworthiness, interest rates, financing availability and
    property values;
  • adverse changes in the real estate markets including, among other
    things, increased competition with other companies;
  • governmental actions and initiatives, including risks associated
    with the impact of a prolonged government shutdown or budgetary
    reductions or impasses, such as a reduction in rental revenues,
    non-renewal of leases, and/or a curtailment of demand for additional
    space by the Company’s strategic customers;
  • the Company’s ability to borrow on favorable terms;
  • risks of real estate acquisition and development activities,
    including, among other things, risks that development projects may not
    be completed on schedule, that tenants may not take occupancy or pay
    rent or that development or operating costs may be greater than
  • risks of investing through joint venture structures, including
    risks that the Company’s joint venture partners may not fulfill their
    financial obligations as investors or may take actions that are
    inconsistent with the Company’s objectives;
  • changes in the Company’s plans for properties or views of market
    economic conditions or failure to obtain development rights, either of
    which could result in recognition of significant impairment losses;
  • the Company’s ability to satisfy and operate effectively under
    Federal income tax rules relating to real estate investment trusts and
  • possible adverse changes in tax laws;
  • the dilutive effects of issuing additional common shares;
  • the Company’s ability to achieve projected results;
  • security breaches relating to cyber attacks, cyber intrusions or
    other factors; and
  • environmental requirements.

The Company undertakes no obligation to update or supplement any
forward-looking statements. For further information, please refer to the
Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission,
particularly the section entitled “Risk Factors” in Item 1A of the
Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31,


IR Contacts:
Stephanie Krewson-Kelly

Michelle Layne

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