Environmental Responsibility

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Environmental Responsibility

SUSTAINABLE EFFORTS

We continue to reduce the environmental footprint at our offices and communities to support our commitment to sustainability. We improve the efficiency of our communities through our efforts on energy conservation, water conservation, and waste management programs. These initiatives help reduce operating costs, enhance 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, Resource Management has achieved remarkable results by improving waste management processes, increasing recycling options, and completing countless energy and water conservation projects.

Gas

ENERGY CONSERVATION


By installing high efficiency boilers, carbon monoxide systems, solar panels, and foam roofing, we reduced energy usage at our communities by up to 20%.
Electricity

ENERGY EFFICIENT LIGHTING


By upgrading to energy efficient lighting, we reduced electricity usage at our communities by up to 30%.
Conserve Water

WATER CONSERVATION


To conserve water, Essex has upgraded landscaping to drought tolerant and native species in conjunction with weather-based irrigation controllers and drip irrigation systems. We also installed low flow plumbing fixtures and toilets to further conserve water usage.
Recycle

WASTE MANAGEMENT


Essex provides recycling options at all of its communities and offices and has implemented programs to promote recycling and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills. Further, 100% of our communities and offices are reducing paper usage with digital workflow including employees, residents, and vendors.

SMART AND SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

Essex creates sustainable homes through its development and renovation activities. Our target is 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