focus on sustainability, green building, and health and wellness

Daniel J. Ryan,
Executive Vice President –
Regional Market Director (San Diego) & Strategic Operations, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc., speaks to the importance of sustainability and responsibility at

We create sustainable and vibrant environments that drive success in developing breakthrough technologies and therapies to help cure disease, end hunger, and improve the quality of human health and the way we live. Our highly dynamic and collaborative urban campuses enhance our tenants’ ability to successfully recruit and retain world-class talent, promote health and wellness, and inspire productivity, efficiency, creativity, and success.

Our Vision

We aim to be one of the most environmentally innovative, socially responsible, and financially strong companies in the world.

Our Mission

Our sustainability mission is to make a positive and meaningful impact on the health, safety, and well-being of our tenants, shareholders, employees, and the communities in which we live and work.

Sustainability Management

Alexandria's sustainability program, which is overseen by our Sustainability Committee, meets the growing demand from our stakeholders to measure, manage, report, and continuously improve the efficiency and the impact that our company, our philanthropy, and our tenants have on the world.

Environmental Leadership

Awards & Recognition

  Nareit's 2017 "Most Innovative" Leader in the Light Award
   2017 GRESB Green Star
   #1 in the U.S. in the GRESB Health & Well-being Module
   California's Highest Environmental Honor 
   World's first WELL Certified Laboratory 

Green Building

Alexandria seeks a minimum LEED® Gold certification for all of our new ground-up development projects, and many of our redevelopment projects. We reduce energy, carbon, and water; implement safe and healthy housekeeping and recycling practices; and run transportation programs that reduce traffic.

Our asset base consists of 50* LEED certified projects:

  • 5 LEED Platinum projects, including California's first LEED Platinum lab core and shell project

  • 31 LEED Gold project

  • 14 LEED Silver projects

Energy Efficiency

  • Completed 86 energy reduction projects in 2015 and 2016, which led to a 5% year-over-year same store greenhouse gas reduction
  • Implemented cutting-edge water conservation technologies such as the installation of greywater systems and the capture of steam condensate for use in cooling towers and irrigation

Best-In-Class Amenities for Health and Wellness

Alexandria’s amenities allow our tenants not only to work efficiently and productively, but also to enjoy their work environment. Throughout our portfolio, amenities include state-of-the-art conference and event spaces, fully equipped fitness centers, farm-to-table restaurants and cafés, open green spaces, and sustainable gardens, including one of Manhattan’s largest urban farms, Riverpark Farm®.

To date, Alexandria has achieved three-star Fitwel certifications—the highest possible rating—at five of our Class A buildings. We are the first U.S. REIT to earn Fitwel's health and wellness certifications. In 2016, we were named “First-in-Class Fitwel Champion,” in recognition of our longstanding focus on, and innovative approaches to, developing sustainable campus environments with healthy workplaces.

* As of December 31, 2017; upon completion of 12 projects pursuing LEED certification.