ESG Program

BerkshireTHRIVE

Our engine for delivering exceptional living experiences for our residents, fiduciary excellence for our investors, and an exceptional work experience for our team.

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

Sharing and improving our ESG performance with stakeholders

Our Impact

Driving operational efficiencies, mitigating risks, and reducing our footprint

Our Team

Curating a uniquely passionate and positive employee culture, making Berkshire an industry employer of choice

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.

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®

The EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® is an online tool to measure and track energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Berkshire benchmarks 100% of its properties using the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® program.

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 Council

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.

Our Impact

Our Impact

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

Our goal is to optimize energy efficiency and water conservation by monitoring consumption in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®, purchasing efficient products and appliances, and employing operational best practices. We reduce waste by tracking production and recycling rates, implementing waste management best practices, and purchasing recycled content and zero waste materials.

We have established performance targets to monitor our progress.  By 2025, we strive to achieve a 10% reduction in energy, greenhouse gas emissions, and water and a 20% waste diversion rate.  Performance is measured from a 2015 baseline to the 2025 target.

To learn more about these initiatives, see our Energy Efficiency, Water Conservation, and Waste Management policies.

  • 85 %
    of our properties are monitored for waste performance and receive third-party waste assessments.
  • 100 %
    of our properties track their utility use and cost in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.
  • 3.5+ Million ft²
    of our properties are green-certified in LEED or National Green Building Standard (NGBS).

Sustainability by the Numbers

We promote sustainable living in all of our communities through energy efficient housing, water conservation, recycling programs, eco-friendly transportation options and other opportunities that support our environmentally-conscious living philosophy.

Social Responsibility

We believe in being an integral part of the social fabric of the communities and neighborhoods we serve.

We partner with charitable organizations. We make monetary and physical item donations. We donate our time – connecting our employees with meaningful volunteer opportunities. We raise awareness. We want to positively impact our communities, residents and team members. A few organizations with whom we’ve partnered:

Building Impact

Empowers companies with the opportunity to volunteer, donate, and connect with high impact, local nonprofits working on critical social issues, with the goals of strengthening community through volunteering with measurable impact.

Rosie's Place & Women's Lunch Place

Shelters that have opened their doors to provide poor and homeless women with hot, well-balanced meals and a safe place to stay, in addition to helping them find security in their lives through wide-ranging support and services.

Greater Boston Food Bank

The largest hunger-relief organization in New England with a mission to end hunger in eastern Massachusetts. Every dollar donated enables GBFB to provide food for three nutritious meals.

Minds Matter

A program that transforms the lives of motivated high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams and providing the resources, information and guidance they need for college success.

A Million Thanks to our Veterans

An organization that enables us to support our active, reserve, and veteran military by sending millions of letters of thanks and encouragement directly to our service members throughout the year.

Heading Home

Dedicated to ending homelessness in Greater Boston by providing low-income, homeless and formerly homeless families and individuals with a supported pathway to self-sufficiency that includes emergency, transitional and permanent housing, along with critical services such as life skills, financial literacy, and job training.

To learn more about these initiatives, see our Social Responsibility and Culture of Inclusion policies.