September 22, 2020
The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) said Monday that Empire State Realty Trust was the first commercial real estate portfolio in the U.S. to achieve the WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations and Management.
ESRT’s portfolio includes 14 office properties and six standalone retail properties totaling approximately 10.1 million square feet, including the Empire State Building.
“We believe in the power of building performance to improve employee productivity and wellness,” said Dana Robbins Schneider, SVP of energy, sustainability and ESG at ESRT. “Third-party validation from the International WELL Building Institute confirms that ESRT meets and exceeds the most stringent features of healthy buildings.”
Launched in June, the WELL Health-Safety Rating measures five categories: cleaning and sanitization procedures; emergency preparedness programs; health service resources; air and water quality management; and stakeholder engagement and communications. ESRT’s CEO, Anthony Malkin, is also chair of the Real Estate Roundtable’s Sustainability Policy Advisory Committee.
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