REAL ESTATE AS A FOUNDATION FOR CHANGE

The Tower team is concerned on a global scale with the impact of our actions and business on the health of our planet and people. We think holistically and are part of a larger conversation and commitment to sustainability in every sense of the word. Our approach recognizes our innate need for connection and community. We’re a resource at the ready for our employees, clients, suppliers, and industry colleagues seeking to live and work more sustainably. Simply put: our business is our philanthropy. We view our mission and bottom line as one and the same.

VIEW OUR INAUGURAL CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY REPORT – PUBLISHED APRIL 2019

 

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Kilowatt hours in electricity saved at our properties through energy reduction since 2010. That’s 25% less electricity used — equal to carbon sequestered in one year by 88,000 acres of U.S. forests.

ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE AND PROMOTING WELLNESS

We recognize the importance of global issues and firmly believe in leading with purpose and focusing on the long-term interests of all of our stakeholders. As environmental stewards and leaders in the real estate industry, we challenge ourselves and our peers to be part of the solution by implementing strategies to address climate change and improve public health. The core of our program drives sustainability and well-being through smart development and efficient operations. Our thoughtful program design and goals aim to mitigate climate change, promote energy efficiency, conserve water, reduce waste, operate healthy buildings, and encourage alternative transportation.

90% of portfolio operating under a green lease

Our green leasing efforts began in 1997. Through the Green Lease Leaders program, we have honed our approach to integrating sustainability best practices into leasing. As a result, we have executed green leases spanning 90% of our portfolio, including office, multifamily, and retail, and have educated tenants and brokers in smart design strategies and operations....

Providing Transportation Alternatives

Access to alternative transportation lowers stress, promotes physical activity, improves air quality, saves money, and keeps communities lively and connected. Tower encourages employees, building tenants, and visitors to take advantage of nearby public transportation, bike share programs and secure bike infrastructure, safe walking paths, and electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at all our properties....

58% waste diversion from landfill

We offer comprehensive recycling and composting programs at all properties and work closely with our employees, vendors, and tenants to promote landfill diversion best practices. Through these efforts, we diverted 58% of our portfolio’s waste from landfills in 2018. We also support reuse opportunities through clothing drives, eye glass collections, and shoe recycling programs.  ...

100% Renewable Energy

Focused on supporting a transition to clean energy, our on-site solar systems produce over 200,000 kWh annually. We also purchase renewable energy and carbon credits to offset 100% of our buildings’ energy consumption and employee work travel since 2008 funding certified renewable energy projects in our backyard and across the nation.  ...

Over 45% fewer GHG emissions since 2010

As Climate-Registered Gold and the first-ever real estate partner, we have third party verified and publicly reported our greenhouse gas emissions to The Climate Registry since 2010 and before that to the EPA Climate Leaders Program. We do this in an effort to be transparent, understand our environmental impact, and reduce our carbon footprint....

Met 20% by 2020 energy and water reduction goal

We actively participate in the DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge, a program that fosters peer exchange and highlights leadership in energy and water efficiency. Since joining the Challenge in 2012, we have improved energy performance by 20% and water by 25%, exceeding our goal of 20% energy and water reduction by 2020 ahead of schedule....

Top 10% of energy efficient buildings in U.S.

With nearly 80% of our portfolio ENERGY STAR Certified with an average score over 90, Tower buildings use less energy, are less expensive to operate, and cause fewer greenhouse gas emissions than other similar buildings. The Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Program helps our team benchmark energy and water data, set goals, and measure success....

3 Million SF of LEED® Certified Properties

LEED® guidelines from the USGBC provide a foundation for our environmental sustainability initiatives. Over 95% of Tower’s owned and managed office and multi-family properties have achieved certification with notable accomplishments such as the first LEED-EBOM Platinum certified multi-family building in the world....

Fitwel Champion and Advisory Council Member

We are committed to implementing evidence-based strategies that support the physical, mental, and social health of our building occupants. As a Fitwel Champion and member of the Fitwel Advisory Council, we are working with other leaders to advance Fitwel’s strategies and scientific rigor. In 2018, we achieved the first-ever Fitwel certification for a multifamily building....

INSPIRING PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES

Albert “Sonny” Abramson, the founder of The Tower Companies, sincerely believed in building strong relationships with people and giving back to others. This commitment was instilled in his sons Gary, Ronald, and Jeffrey, and is a defining element of our culture. We seek to facilitate an enjoyable, collaborative, and productive workplace environment for our team. Additionally, we foster communities inside our buildings by creating spaces and opportunities for collaboration, education, and positive impact. With encouragement from the top down, we focus on supporting our broader community through philanthropy, volunteerism, and charitable giving. Employees are encouraged to take paid time off for community service and have spent over 2,000 hours volunteering in our local communities through strong partnerships with organizations such as USGBC’s Green Apple Day of Service, The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Susan G. Komen More Than Pink Walk, and Shepherd’s Table. And our corporate giving goes beyond the philanthropy of our owners — Tower matches employee donations made to charitable organizations of their choice.

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ELEVATING THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY

We rely on strong partnerships to lead by example so that together, we can push the industry forward. Through industry engagement, we demonstrate sustainability leadership, track trends, and advocate for mutually beneficial public policies and programs. We measure success through industry-recognized certifications and awards, case study collaborations, and the support of government and strategic local and national organizations.

AOBA
Crew Maryland Suburban
Boma International
The Climate Registry
DCBIA
Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce
Green Power Partner
ICSC
NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association
NRDC
National Association of Women Lawyers
Rock Creek
Rockville Chamber of Commerce
Transportation and Climate Initiative
Urban Land Institute
National Capital Region | U.S. Green Building Council CHAPTER
U.S. Green Building Council USCGBC