Sustainability

At Equity Residential, sustainability and social responsibility are key drivers in our focus in creating the best apartment communities for people to live, work and play. We are proud to be a leader among our peers when it comes to sustainability, and plan to stay at the forefront of this expanding effort.


Equity Residential Corporate Social Responsibility Report

We invite you to download our Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report, which provides an overview of our responsibilities
and the results we achieve.

Sustainability requires an all-inclusive approach, addressing not only our relationship with the environment through a focus on resource conservation, waste reduction and energy efficiency, but also our social impact to our communities, including relationships with our residents, employees and shareholders.

Equity Residential’s sustainability
goals are to:

  • Reduce energy consumption by 15% of our 2011 levels by 2021
  • Reduce water consumption by 10% of our 2011 levels by 2021
  • Invest in technologies that help us reduce energy and water use
  • Invest in clean and renewable energy generation technologies which reduce emissions
  • Ensure high levels of customer satisfaction
  • Appropriately engage our communities
  • Attract, cultivate and retain a diverse work force
  • Maintain high corporate governance standards

Equity Residential Sustainability Property Certification

At Equity Residential, our sustainability program is helping to weave the triple bottom line throughout our business. From creating a healthy, effective work force that excels at customer care to aggressively reducing our carbon footprint, we are examining all avenues available to ascertain how sustainability can improve our company.

In an effort to ensure that sustainability opportunities are evaluated throughout our portfolio, we have developed a rating system that scores each property based on factors related to energy and water use, waste management, sustainability practices, health and wellness and other sustainable practices. Visit the criteria page for specific measures used to evaluate properties. Also visit the certified properties page that list properties that have achieved this certification.


Vendor Sustainability Policy

Sustainability and social responsibility is not only important for our company, but through our Vendor Sustainability Policy we aim to ensure that our vendors improve their social and environmental impact.