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 April 2019, 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.
In 2019 we are pursuing 33 new environmental certifications.
ENERGY STAR CERTIFIED COMMUNITIES
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)
AVA Wheaton (LEED for Homes Silver)
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 Edgewater (LEED for Homes Gold)
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 Maplewood (LEED for Homes Silver)
Avalon at Mission Bay III (LEED Certified)
Avalon Morrison Park (LEED for Homes Silver)
Avalon Newcastle Commons (LEED for Homes Silver)
Avalon North Station (LEED Silver)
Avalon Ocean Avenue (LEED for Homes Multi-Family Gold)
Avalon Princeton (LEED for Homes Gold)
Avalon Potomac Yard (LEED Silver)
Avalon Towers Bellevue (LEED Silver)
Avalon Vista (LEED for Homes Silver)
Avalon Walnut Creek (LEED Certified)
Avalon West Hollywood (LEED for Homes Gold)
Avalon West Chelsea (LEED Gold)
Avalon Willoughby Square (LEED Certified)
AVA NoMa (Fitwel 1 Star)
NAHB GREEN CERTIFIED COMMUNITIES
Avalon Rockville Centre (Bronze Level)
NJ ENERGY EFFICIENT HOME CERTIFICATION
Avalon Denver West
CITY AND MARKET PARTICIPATION
Setting Science Based Targets is, in part, a result of the conversations we are having with the cities and markets where we do business. As they plan for climate change, we are committed to being a leader in resiliency planning and in support of a low carbon future. As part of this, we are participating in a number of efficiency and carbon reduction challenges, including:
Boston: In 2015 we joined the Mayor’s Carbon Cup and are currently members of the Green Ribbon Commission, committing 1M square feet of our Boston properties to a 35% reduction in energy use intensity by 2020.
New York: We have committed to cut emissions by 30% at select buildings as part of the Carbon Challenge. And under the Retrofit Accelerator program, two buildings will get an efficiency retrofit to help the city cut emissions 80% by 2050.
Los Angeles: In 2015 we joined the LA Better Buildings Challenge, committing to reduce our energy consumption of our LA portfolio. In 2018, we were a "Portfolio of the Year" finalist for our participation in this program.