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. Our 2020 environmental goals, established with a 2013 baseline, are to reduce our like-for-like energy and water use intensity by 15%. And in 2016 we launched a new policy requiring all new mid- and high-rise developments to pursue a 3rd party environmental certification (e.g., LEED, EnergyStar). Read more about it in our press release.
In 2016, for the first time ever, we 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.
AvalonBay CY 2016 - Assurance Statement
AvalonBay CY 2016 - Verification Report
AvalonBay CY 2015 Assurance Statement
AvalonBay CY 2015 Verification-Report
As of May 2017, we had a total of 38 certifications across all our apartment communities: 27 LEED, 9 Energy Star, one NAHB Green and one NJ Energy Efficient Home. In 2017 we are pursuing 22 new environmental certifications.