ESG Program

Overview

Overview

ESG Program

Our environmental, social and governance program consists of an integrated set of strategies to monitor, track and enhance our real estate performance.

Our ESG Strategies

We believe Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) best practices, engagement with stakeholders and a committed team drives value and satisfaction. Berkshire recognizes the importance of implementing an executable ESG policy in the company’s investment management platform and has created a culture that places our ESG initiatives in the forefront of the construction and management of our investment portfolio.

Our Communities

Enhancing resident attraction, satisfaction and retention

Our Commitment

Sharing and improving our ESG performance with stakeholder

Our Impact

Driving operational efficiencies, mitigating risks and reducing our environmental footprint

Our Team

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.

ULI Greenprint Center

Berkshire is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Greenprint Center for Building Performance. The ULI Greenprint Center is committed to reducing the real estate industry’s carbon footprint through education and action and focuses on testing and evaluating a wide range of alternatives to lower carbon emissions for all institutional property types.

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.

Our Impact

Our Impact

We are focused on creating a culture that places the company’s ESG initiatives at the forefront of the construction and management of our investment portfolios.

  • 85 %
    of our properties are monitored for waste performance and receive third-party waste assessments.
  • 100 %
    of our properties participate in the ENERGY STAR program.
  • 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.