Providing a Better Environment

Essex works towards a better environment by taking sustainable actions. By reducing our use of natural resources, managing waste responsibly, and developing sustainable homes, we limit the environmental impact of our communities and lower operating costs. This will improve resident satisfaction and increase shareholder value.
RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
In 2008, Essex created the Resource Management Department, experts at managing the resource consumption at our properties

In the past ten years, the Company has invested strategically in sustainable solutions and proven technology to reduce environmental impact, increase our residents’ quality of living, and decrease utility costs:
  • $50.4 million invested in energy efficiency
  • $22.1 million invested in renewable energy
  • $7.5 million invested in water conservancy
RENEWABLE ENERGY
RENEWABLE ENERGY AND REDUCING CARBON IMPACT
The Solar Photovoltaic (PV) projects Essex has implemented in the past five years have led to the generation of 6,736 MWh of renewable energy in 2020 and less dependence on the grid. The mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions achieved by these projects is equivalent to removing over 1,000 passenger cars from circulation.

As part of our ongoing commitment to energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions, Essex is using smart hot water management systems across 128 multifamily communities. In 2020 alone, we saved over 654K therms of gas usage, which reduced our greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking an additional 748 passenger cars off the road for one full year.
WATER CONSERVATION
WATER CONSERVATION
We continually strive to reduce our water consumption footprint throughout our portfolio. We accomplish this with several strategies: native landscaping, 2-way smart irrigation technologies, removal of fountains, and the installation of water-saving devices.

To date, 118 Essex communities have water-saving irrigation or landscaping and 49% of our communities have water-efficient fixtures in place.
WASTE MANAGEMENT
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.

In 2020, we continued working with third-party vendors to optimize the waste processes at 168 communities.