Make your BTR community more sustainable

With more organisations engaging in sustainability practices, what are the benchmarks for industry excellence?

Make your community more sustainable - StarRez | BTR News

With more and more organisations engaging in sustainability practices and leveraging their influence to be ‘purpose-led’, the time has come to ask a couple of important questions: what are the business implications of sustainable operations, and how do you go about balancing the quality of our environments and health with long-term business profitability?

By StarRez

Sustainable buildings with LEED

LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. It is used in 167 countries and is recognised as a benchmark for industry excellence in sustainability.

The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) + LEED

The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) not only undertake ground-breaking sustainability research, but they also live the principles of a sustainable community. They also aim to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.

RIT currently house eight LEED certified buildings and have committed to LEED certifications for all future residential construction. Their award-winning property – Global Village – is LEED Gold for phase one and LEED Silver for phase two.

All of RIT’s newer residences and many of their older ones feature low water flow fixtures, Energy Star-rated appliances, LED lighting, occupancy sensors to reduce energy consumption, and high-efficiency laundry facilities.

“RIT is a leader in ground-breaking sustainability research, teaching and engagement. The RIT campus works as a living laboratory for sustainable technologies, practices, and philosophies within the built and natural environment.”

Kurt Ingerick, Executive Director (Business Strategy & Sustainability), RIT

How can you develop your sustainable community?

Prioritise your digital transformation strategy

‍Digital transformation impacts sustainability by helping to eliminate waste from paper, power, and so much more.‍

Align with the right partners

‍The technology you use contributes to the global environmental footprint. If you are partnering with companies that are on the road to net zero, then you’re already becoming more sustainable.‍

Understand the local and international standards

‍The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards enable any organisation to understand and report their impacts on the economy, environment and people in a comparable and credible way. Get to know the system and standards to contribute to sustainable development.

‍A smart idea for residents

Getting residents on board can be a great first step in moving a business towards a more efficient future. For example, smart meters can be used to digitally measure electricity usage and provide consumption insights and practical energy saving tips to residents. This transparency creates a clear link between energy-saving behaviour and environmental impact – as well as providing residents with information to make positive changes to reduce their individual levels of energy consumption.