Empire State Realty Trust is committed to sustainable property operations and development.

Our business practices not only are environmentally responsible, but save energy, and are an investment in the health and well-being of our tenants. These investments translate to more energy efficient and productive work spaces, providing cost savings for all over the long-term.

Leading by example with our leadership in a new, innovative model for energy efficiency retrofitting of existing buildings, our portfolio-wide initiatives also include:

Energy Efficiency

  • Lead role in team effort including Clinton Climate Initiative, Johnson Controls Inc., JLL, and Rocky Mountain Institute in designing and implementing a new process for evaluating and effecting energy efficiency retrofits of existing buildings (
  • Energy Star Partner
  • Expand implementation of energy conservation strategies through tenant installation specifications
  • 2014 Green Lease Leader recipient
  • 100% renewable electric power

Water Use Reduction

  • Reduce water usage and promote conservation efforts

Waste and Recycling

  • Increase recycling diversion rates and the types of materials recycled, both in daily waste and in renovation/new construction, with a target of recycling 90% of cartable waste
  • Tenant education programs to separate hazardous materials such as lamps, ballasts, batteries and computer components from general waste for proper disposal or recycling

Indoor Environmental Quality

  • Upgrade of systems to improve efficiencies and tenant comfort levels
  • Improve indoor air quality through increased ventilation and installing more efficient air filters
  • Implement energy efficiency strategies in common area upgrades and pre-built suite construction
  • Use of low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paints, wall covering, carpet, base and adhesives
  • Implement best practices in cleaning procedures, including the use of Green Seal Certified products
  • Pest Control—Implement best practices in integrated pest management (IPM) procedures, including the use of Green Shield Certified products and vendors

ESRT employees with a portion of the new fleet of Ford Escape Hybrid vehicles used by ESRT Construction and Empire State Realty Trust, throughout Westchester and Fairfield Counties.