Environmental Responsibility

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Environmental Responsibility

SUSTAINABLE EFFORTS

We continue to reduce the environmental footprint of our properties and operations to create optimal living environments. We aim to improve the efficiency of our properties through structured resource management and focus our efforts on energy conservation, water conservation, and waste management programs. These initiatives help to lower operating costs, improve resident experiences, and increase value for shareholders while decreasing our impact on the environment.

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

In 2008, Essex formed the Resource Management Department, a dedicated team of in-house professionals that seek to minimize the resource consumption of its operating properties. Since 2008, the Resource Management experts have achieved remarkable results. The Department set up energy and water conservation programs, improved waste management, and designated on-site recycling options for residents.

Gas

ENERGY CONSERVATION


By installing high efficiency boilers and carbon monoxide systems, we are able to reduce energy and gas usage at our communities by 10-20%.
Electricity

ENERGY EFFICIENT LIGHTING


By upgrading to energy efficient lighting, we are able to reduce electricity usage by 20-40% at our communities.
Conserve Water

WATER CONSERVATION


To conserve water, Essex has upgraded landscaping to drought tolerant and native species in conjunction with installing rain sensors, matched precipitation nozzles, and drip irrigation. We have also installed low flow showers and toilets.
Recycle

WASTE MANAGEMENT


Not only does Essex promote and provide recycling at all of its communities, in 2014 we implemented a program to increase recycling and reduce the waste stream to landfills. We are able to manage our waste more responsibly, thereby significantly increasing the proportion we recycle.

SMART AND SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

Through its new development and construction activities, Essex is able to create sustainable homes for the future. We have a target in-place to achieve green building certifications on all new development projects where economically feasible. Please see Awards and Recognition page for additional details.

Essex commitments:

  • Increase energy efficiency by 10% between 2015-2020 on a like-for-like basis
  • Implement renewable energy generation for 50 additional communities before 2020
  • Achieve green building certifications for all our new development projects where economically feasible