Taking actionable steps toward sustainable living

Elme is committed to investing in the sustainable development and operations of our communities—building healthy, efficient homes for our residents.

Investing in eco-friendly communities

At Elme, we continuously search for innovative ways to make eco-friendly upgrades within our communities. In our efforts to foster healthy, sustainable living spaces for our residents, we installed ENERGY STAR-rated appliances, efficient water and irrigation systems, LED lighting, recycling systems, and other upgrades across our portfolio. As of 2021, roughly one-third of our communities are Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) certified, the first multi-family properties in the U.S. to achieve the standard.

We set ambitious goals over the next 10 years

Reduction in energy intensity use.
Reduction in Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions.
Reduction in water usage.

Both small changes and big initiatives leads to lasting environmental impact

Of home renovations have Energy Star and WaterSense appliances and fixtures.


Of communities rated as “bikeable” to support sustainable commutes.


Of communities have double pane windows to preserve energy.

Of common area electricity at communities is renewable energy purchased from local and regional sources


Of communities eliminated or reduced the use of irrigation systems.


Of communities have at least one sustainability certification.

Our current green initiatives

Green bond

In 2021, Elme completed the allocation of a $350 million Green Bond to finance green building projects, helping to mitigate the risks of climate change. View the report.


Elme is a proud participant in the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), increasing our ranking from 60 to 77 in six years.

Solar projects

In 2021/2022, we installed solar panels across two properties, providing around 20% of the buildings’ electricity and offsetting 474,000 kg of carbon emissions.

Building certifications

Over 70% of our portfolio has at least one sustainability certification—a stat we want to increase by 10% over the next five years.