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2021 Partners


We are pleased to announce the inaugural Empire Building Challenge partner cohort. Public-private partnerships are crucial to advancing New York’s goal of a carbon-neutral building stock as we grow the State’s green economy.

Our 10 Empire Building Challenge Partner commitments will reduce GHG emissions from more than 52 million square feet of high-rise office space with the potential to scale across 250 multifamily buildings containing more than 12,000 apartment units. Enrolled buildings will reach carbon neutrality no later than 2035, supporting New York's nation-leading 85x50 goal. Partner commitments are as follows:

Beam Living

Beam Living is excited to announce its partnership in the New York State’s Empire Building Challenge. The challenge, in participation with other key real estate groups, will help accelerate New York’s progress towards reducing greenhouse emissions. Beam Living is committed to decarbonizing Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village to a 0% emissions level by 2030. In addition to carbon neutrality, Beam Living is committing to reaching a site energy use intensity (EUI) of 45 Kbtu/SF through energy efficiency improvements. Our new commitment builds on our existing focus of being industry leaders in sustainability and continuing to do our part to help combat climate change.

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The Durst Organization

For over 100 years, The Durst Organization has prided itself as an industry leader in sustainable development including landmark projects such as 151 West 42nd Street the first green skyscraper, and the first LEED Platinum office-tower in the world, One Bryant Park. We look forward to continuing this tradition of innovation by committing One Bryant Park, 655 3rd Avenue, and 733 3rd Avenue to the Empire Building Challenge. One Bryant Park is targeting to reduce site EUI to 170.9 Kbtu/sf, 655 3rd Avenue to 81.7 Kbtu/sf, and 733 3rd Avenue to 72.8 Kbtu/sf. We propose a layered approach of building improvements and investments with a commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035.

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Empire State Realty Trust (ESRT)

In addition to its goal to achieve net-zero carbon emissions across its 10.1 million square foot portfolio by 2035, Empire State Realty Trust (ESRT) recently announced in its 2020 Sustainability ReportLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. [PDF] plans to target a 20 percent reduction of energy use intensity across the portfolio by 2024, and net-zero carbon emissions for the Empire State Building by 2030. ESRT has begun to develop and execute a roadmap with dozens of sustainability strategies to reach the aggressive goals tied to The Empire Building Challenge, which include measures like envelope improvements, HVAC upgrades, controls upgrades, and advanced technology overlays for performance optimization. Each of these measures will be individually and holistically considered based on past learnings, value proposition, innovation pilots, and ROI.

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Hudson Square Properties

A Joint Venture comprised of Trinity Church Wall Street, Norges Bank Investment Management, and Hines

Hines and the Hudson Square Properties joint venture commit to make 345 Hudson Street carbon neutral by 2032. The building will reduce its site Energy Use Intensity (EUI) by 69% from 2010 EUI level by 2032. The EUI of the building in 2010 was 126 kbtu/SF, and by 2032, we commit to reduce the EUI to 40 kbtu/SF. 

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Jonathan Rose Companies

Jonathan Rose Companies has committed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2034 at two Jonathan Rose Companies properties in Manhattan: Yomo Toro, an 89-unit affordable housing property located at 222 East 104th Street, and The Tapestry, a 185-unit mixed income, mixed-use apartment building with ground floor retail space located at 245 East 124th Street. The Company also commits to developing a carbon neutral building roadmap for each property that is anticipated to be owned beyond 2030 and integrate the interventions into the properties’ business plans. We aim to achieve site Energy Use Intensities (EUI) of 25.5 Kbtu/SF, which is 70% below New York City’s median site EUI for multifamily properties by implementing measures to reduce loads within the building through envelope improvements and aggressive energy efficiency and controls, while simultaneously improving indoor environmental quality by providing filtered fresh air with energy recovery. Heating, hot water, and laundry systems will all be powered by electricity.

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L+M Fund Management

L+M Fund Management and our partner, Invesco, are committed to decarbonizing The Heritage, a 3-building, 680,000- square foot mixed-use development with 600 mixed-income residential units, to a 0% emissions level by 2030. Completing this is expected to result in a site energy use intensity of 45 kBTU/SF, which represents a 54% reduction from the 2010 baseline. 

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Omni New York LLC

Omni New York has committed to turning one of our properties, Whitney Young Manor -- a 195-unit affordable housing property located in Yonkers, New York -- carbon neutral by 2035. Whitney Young Manor’s first year EUI was 87.7 in 2012, with a current EUI of 96 for 2019. Our goal is to get Whitney Young from the current EUI of 96 to the target EUI of 50 or below by 2035. Omni has selected Bright Power, a leading energy and water management company, as our Empire Building Challenge partner to determine the suite of deep energy retrofit improvements for this property and incorporate these measures into the scope of a planned rehabilitation in 2022.

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Rudin Management Company

Rudin Management Company has committed to achieving carbon neutrality on a portfolio-wide basis by 2050. As a proud participant of the Empire Building Challenge, we are proposing to accelerate that goal in our three project buildings: 80 Pine Street, 355 Lexington Avenue, 845 Third Avenue. 80 Pine Street will target a site EUI of 30 Kbtu/SF, 355 Lexington Avenue will target a site EUI of 37 Kbtu/sf, and 845 Third Avenue will target a set EUI of 39 Kbtu/SF. Read the full commitment statement [PDF].

We are committed to exploring new building technology solutions as they become available and implementing those and other energy saving and decarbonization measures to work towards our goal of carbon neutrality for the three buildings entered in the Empire Building Challenge by the year 2035.

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Silverstein Properties

Silverstein Properties, Inc. will commit to carbon neutrality in two (2) existing buildings as part of the Empire Building Challenge: 120 Broadway (The Equitable Building), and 1177 Sixth Avenue (Americas Tower). As each building is very different in its architectural and MEP elements, the project team will be challenged to refine the low carbon design concept in order to apply it across all building types with varying characteristics and typologies. Each building is targeting carbon neutrality per the SPI definition by 2030. 120 Broadway will use the prescribed 2010 baseline of 78.5 and will target a 40% reduction in site EUI from the baseline year to a targeted 2030 site EUI of 47.1. 1177 Sixth Avenue will also target a 40% reduction in site EUI to 51.8 in 2030 but will use a 2014 baseline of 86.4 instead of 2010.

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Vornado Realty Trust

Vornado has committed, through its Vision 2030 roadmap, to reach net zero emissions portfolio-wide by 2030, through a combination of emissions reductions strategies from our buildings. The roadmap to zero emissions prioritizes energy efficiency, with a target of 50% below 2009 levels by 2030. 

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