Environmental responsibility is core to our business and a critical part of developing sustainable communities. This is why we integrate our sustainability initiatives with our design, development, construction and operations processes. It is also why AvalonBay has set science-based emissions reduction targets, which have been approved by the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi).
Our 2020 environmental goals, established with a 2013 baseline, are to reduce our like-for-like energy and water use intensity by 15%. In 2016 we launched a new “Building Certified” policy requiring all new mid- and high-rise developments to pursue a 3rd party environmental certification (e.g., LEED, EnergyStar). To learn more about how we approach environmental responsibility, view our Environmental Management System (EMS).
Beginning in 2016, we have also had our energy, emissions, water and waste data as well as the data collection processes and procedures independently verified by Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance (LRQA). LRQA, a part of Lloyd’s Register Group Limited, is a leading provider of independent assessment services including certification, validation, verification and training across a broad spectrum of standards and schemes, with recognition from over 50 accreditation bodies around the world.
As of 2020, we have a total of 50 certifications across all our apartment communities: 37 LEED, 10 Energy Star, one Fitwel certified, one NAHB Green, one NGBS and one NJ Energy Efficient Home./p>
We are currently pursuing an additional 39 new environmental certifications.
ENERGY STAR CERTIFIED COMMUNITIESAVA Ballard
AVA Queen Anne
Avalon Garden City
Avalon Green II
Avalon Rockville Centre
Avalon The Albemarle
Avalon West Long Branch
LEED CERTIFIED COMMUNITIES
AVA 55 Ninth (LEED Gold)
AVA Ballard (LEED Certified)
AVA Capitol Hill (LEED Silver)
AVA DoBro (LEED Certified)
AVA High Line (LEED Gold)
AVA Little Tokyo (LEED for Homes Gold)
AVA North Hollywood (LEED for Homes Mid Rise Gold)
AVA Queen Anne (LEED Silver)
AVA Theater District (LEED Certified)
Avalon Alderwood I (LEED for Homes Certified)
Avalon Alderwood II (LEED for Homes Silver)
Avalon at Mission Bay III (LEED Certified)
Avalon Baker Ranch (LEED for Homes Silver)
Avalon Chino Hills (LEED for Homes Silver)
Avalon Dublin Station I (LEED for Homes Mid Rise Silver)
Avalon Dublin Station II (LEED for Homes Mid Rise Silver)
Avalon Esterra Park (LEED Certified)
Avalon Glendora (LEED for Homes Gold)
Avalon Green III (LEED for Homes Silver)
Avalon Hayes Valley (LEED for Homes Platinum)
Avalon Huntington Beach (LEED for Homes Gold)
Avalon Irvine II (LEED for Homes Silver)
Avalon Irvine III (LEED for Homes Gold)
Avalon Morrison Park (LEED for Homes Silver)
Avalon North Station (LEED Silver)
Avalon Ocean Avenue (LEED for Homes Multi-Family Gold)
Avalon Potomac Yard (LEED Silver)
Avalon Towers Bellevue (LEED Silver)
Avalon Vista (LEED for Homes Silver)
Avalon Walnut Creek (LEED Certified)
Avalon West Chelsea (LEED Gold)
Avalon Willoughby Square (LEED Certified)
NAHB GREEN CERTIFIED COMMUNITIESAvalon Rockville Centre (Bronze Level)
NJ ENERGY EFFICIENT HOME CERTIFICATIONAvalon Roseland
CITY AND MARKET PARTICIPATION
As the cities where we build and operate plan for climate change and its related effects, we are opening dialogues with each to discuss how AvalonBay can lead the way on resiliency planning and in support of a low carbon building efficiency future. In addition, we have joined a number of efficiency and carbon reduction challenges, including:
Boston: Joined the Mayor’s Carbon Cup in 2015 and are members of the Green Ribbon Commission. As Mayor’s Cup participants we are committing 1MM square feet of our Boston properties to a 35% reduction in energy use intensity by 2020.
New York: Joined the Carbon Challenge in 2017, committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across selected buildings in our portfolio by at least 30 percent, and are participating in the Retrofit Accelerator program. With this program we are committing two buildings to a deeper efficiency retrofit in support of the city’s bold goal to reduce citywide emissions by 80 percent by 2050.
Los Angeles: Joined the LA Better Buildings Challenge in 2016 with a commitment to reduce our energy consumption of the LA property portfolio.