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A Message from our Director of Sustainability

The future has arrived.

At SL Green, our market leading sustainability program has established a new environmental precedent for New York City. The culmination of One Vanderbilt, our most ambitious project to date, will redefine the standards for sustainable building design and create a new definition for 21st century office environments. While One Vanderbilt was originally designed to achieve a Platinum-level certification, we have decided to raise the bar, voluntarily committing ourselves to a Gold-level designation under LEED’s latest and most rigorous version to date. Not officially scheduled to take effect until 2016, version four is widely recognized for its significant program requirements, which are 15-20% more stringent than the current version.

One Vanderbilt will achieve one of the lowest carbon footprints anywhere through Midtown Manhattan’s unparalleled density and accessibility to amenities and mass transit systems. High-efficiency mechanical systems, LED lighting, and cogeneration will converge to achieve greater efficiencies, while restroom fixtures will reduce building water consumption by 40%. One Vanderbilt will include a 50,000-gallon tank to capture rainwater for reuse in building mechanical systems and irrigation, while structural steel and concrete will contain recycled content to reduce reliance on raw materials. One Vanderbilt’s environmental program is integral to all levels of development. 

But we are not stopping there. One Vanderbilt’s program takes a step beyond the best green technology to elevate the human experience. To complement our LEED certification, we are pursuing the WELL Compliance certification, which focuses on our tenant's health and well-being. As the largest office tower in the country to pursue this new certification, One Vanderbilt will fulfill the program’s standards for pure air and water, light quality, fitness, and tenant comfort.

 We are confident that our WELL Compliance and LEED Gold certifications will make One Vanderbilt the pinnacle of sustainability programs across New York City.

Elizabeth Majkowski

Director of Sustainability, Senior Vice President, Operations