A Message from our Director of Sustainability
Collaborative opportunities with our tenants are integral to the success of SL Green’s sustainability program.
Our landlord-tenant sustainability partnerships are a key differentiator that distinguishes us from our industry peers.
SL Green is committed to supporting our tenants’ corporate environmental initiatives by ensuring our data is transparent and our corporate policies meet green standards. Our team is positioned to assist tenants pursue LEED® and WELL® certifications and qualify for government rebate programs. Sharing knowledge through quarterly webinars, press releases and lobby events further enhances the collaboration between SL Green and our tenants.
For us, sustainability is not a stand-alone initiative, but is instead a component of our broader social responsibility program. In celebration of Earth Day, SL Green hosted six park cleanup events for its employees and tenants to beautify neighborhoods in New York City, Westchester and Connecticut. We encourage our tenants to pitch in by hosting e-waste, toy, coat, food and blood drives in building lobbies throughout the year.
As New York City’s largest commercial landlord, SLG is responsible for implementing best practices, operating at the highest efficiency standards and strengthening our community’s resiliency. We recognize that landlord initiatives alone will not address the City’s waste and emission reduction goals— instead, landlord-tenant partnerships are critical.
In partnership with two tenants, we joined the Mayor’s Zero Waste Challenge, a pilot program that encourages participants to divert at least 50% of waste from land ll or incineration through source separation, composting and food donation. We are excited to share the success of our participation, as our tenants CookFox and Viacom achieved 64% and 87% diversion rates, respectively.
Our involvement with the City does not stop there. SL Green has committed to participate in the Mayor’s Carbon Challenge. During this 10-year initiative, we will work with our tenants to achieve a 30-50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Through our tenant collaborations, we have effectively aligned our sustainability strategy with the zero waste and emission reduction goals established in Mayor de Blasio’s One NYC Plan.
SL Green’s market-leading sustainability program has established a new precedent for office environments and landlord-tenant relationships. We are committed to maintaining industry leadership to benefit NYC, our tenants and stakeholders. Our approach to sustainability will continue to conserve finite resources, incorporate citywide initiatives and uphold responsibility to our community and future generations.
Director of Sustainability, Senior Vice President, Operations