About BerkshireTHRIVE

At Berkshire we increase operational efficiencies, mitigate risks, and reduce our footprint through energy efficiency, water conservation, and recycling programs.

 

Our ESG Strategies

The BerkshireTHRIVE environmental, social, and governance (ESG) program consists of an integrated set of strategies to monitor, track, and enhance our real estate performance, focused on the following:
Our Communities Enhancing resident satisfaction, attraction, and retention
Our Commitment Improving our ESG performance and sharing our accomplishments with stakeholders
Our Impact Driving operational efficiencies, mitigating risks, reducing our footprint, and creating long term value
Our Team Curating a uniquely passionate and positive team member culture, making Berkshire an industry employer of choice

Corporate Policies

Social Responsibility

Become an integral part of the social fabric of our communities and neighborhoods and ensure the well-being of our team members. Examples include:

  • Promote team member community outreach activities through BerkshireGIVES
  • Provide opportunities for professional growth

Culture of Inclusion

Foster a company culture that welcomes and supports people with diverse backgrounds, allowing our team to fully utilize talents to provide exceptional service to our clients. Examples include:

  • Implement diversity and inclusion initiatives
  • Provide access to work-life balance
  • Recognize team members
  • Support continuing education
  • Distribute culture and engagement surveys

Corporate Operations Sustainability Initiatives

Reduce our environmental footprint and increase the sustainability of corporate office operations. Examples include:

  • Conserve energy in office operations
  • Reduce waste production (paper usage)
  • Support alternative transportation efforts

Property-Level Policies

Energy Efficiency

Reduce community energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and associated expenses.

  • Track energy consumption in ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® for all communities
  • Share energy management best practices
  • Use energy efficient products and appliances (ENERGY STAR certified, smart thermostats)

Water Conservation

Reduce indoor and outdoor water consumption and associated expenses. Examples include:

  • Track water consumption in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for all communities
  • Install EPA WaterSense labeled products and low flow fixtures
  • Implement operational water efficiency best practices

Waste Management

Reduce use of raw materials, promote the reuse of existing materials, and limit amount of materials allocated to landfill. Examples include:

  • Track waste production and recycling rates in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for all communities
  • Execute waste management best practices
  • Strive to purchase recycled and/or zero waste materials

Transportation

Reduce fossil fuel consumption by investing in real estate in urban and suburban locations near a variety of transportation options. Examples include:

  • Track transportation key performance indicators
  • Encourage residents to use alternative forms of transportation
  • Provide alternative transportation options at our communities

Resilience

Prepare for natural disasters and other unforeseen events. Examples include:

  • Adhere to risk management plans for building operations and office continuation
  • Require disaster recovery plans for corporate operations and all Berkshire communities
  • Implement the Berkshire Enterprise Risk Management Plan (evaluates risk frequency and potential financial impact)

Resident Engagement and Wellness

Enhance resident attraction, satisfaction, and retention. Examples include:

  • Purchase environmentally and health-friendly maintenance materials
  • Display sustainability certifications
  • Educate residents about sustainable building attributes
  • Distribute resident satisfaction surveys

Our Partnerships

We have partnered with internationally-recognized organizations to connect with industry experts, expand our resources and share our knowledge and best practices.

GRESB

GRESB assesses the sustainability performance of real estate and infrastructure portfolios and assets worldwide. Berkshire is a member of GRESB and participates in the GRESB Real Estate Assessment on an annual basis.

ENERGY STAR Partner

With this partnership Berkshire joins ENERGY STAR as a Partner, and makes a fundamental commitment to help protect the environment through the continuous improvement of our energy performance. We believe that an organization-wide energy management approach will help enhance our financial health and aid in preserving the environment for future generations.

Better Buildings

Better Buildings is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) designed to improve the lives of the American people by driving leadership in energy innovation. Through Better Buildings, DOE partners with leaders in the public and private sectors to make the nation’s homes, commercial buildings and industrial plants more energy efficient by accelerating investment and sharing of successful best practices.

U.S. Green Building Control

Berkshire is a Silver Level member of the U.S. Green Building Council. The U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a sustainable, prosperous future through LEED, the leading program for green buildings and communities worldwide.

Urban Land Institute

The Urban Land Institute provides leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.

Our BerkshireTHRIVE Scorecard

Our commitment to sustainability and positive societal impact enhances resident satisfaction, attraction, and retention.

  • 63

    average walk score.
  • 58

    average bike score.
  • 47

    average transit score.
  • 4.2

    average resident satisfaction score out of five.
  • 20

    Green certified assets.

View the entire report here.

 

Our Team

The BerkshireThrive team includes representatives from each area of the firm, subject to the approval of the Chief Executive Officer, including the following:

  • Portfolio Management
  • Property Operations
  • Investments
  • Portfolio Reporting & Analytics
  • Human Resources
  • National Real Estate Service
  • Construction & Development Resources
  • Training & Education
  • Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
  • Business Development
  • Information Technology
  • Research