Sustainability and Social Responsibility

Jamestown is proud of its commitment to sustainability and social responsibility. Through Jamestown Green and the Jamestown Charitable Foundation, we are focused on efforts to reduce our impact on the environment and support the communities where we own property.

Jamestown Green

Jamestown Green is our proprietary program for sustainability efforts at the property, portfolio, and corporate levels. Jamestown Green identifies opportunities to employ sustainable management practices that also drive financial performance at our assets - a win-win for those who use our buildings and for our investors. Services include:

  • Monitoring utility and materials consumption portfolio-wide
  • Pursuing LEED certification and tracking capital expenditures to reduce energy and water consumption
  • Implementing environmentally sustainable property management policies and best practices
  • Engaging with international sustainability protocols


  • Use resources responsibly to minimize or reduce consumption of energy, water, and waste creation through active property management and by engaging our tenants in best practices
  • Improve asset value by investing in sustainability initiatives that reduce operating expenses through a combination of capital investment and operational excellence
  • Enhance our communities by engaging with employees, tenants, and other stakeholders to lead by example and be at the forefront of conversations at industry, government, and community levels
  • Create healthy spaces that benefit our building occupants and increase occupancy, retention, and lease rates

Awards & Certifications

Jamestown Corporate

  • 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year
  • 2020 Gold Level Green Lease Leader by the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT)
  • Nineteen new LEED certifications and recertifications portfolio-wide in 2020
  • Twelve 2020 ENERGY STAR labels with an average score of 84 out of 100
  • Two Fitwel certifications at Ballston Exchange (the first Fitwel projects in the Jamestown portfolio)

Ponce City Market

  • 2018 Outstanding Building of The Year (TOBY®) Award in the Mixed-Use Category
  • 2017 ULI Global Award for Excellence
  • LEED Gold certification
  • BOMA 360 Performance Program Designation

Environmental and Social Governance Reporting

  • In 2021, Jamestown Premier Property Fund was recognized as a GRESB Americas Regional and Overall Regional Sector Leader in the Diversified-Office/Retail category
  • Since 2014, Jamestown Premier Property Fund has been recognized as a Green Star for absolute performance on GRESB
  • Since 2016, Jamestown Premier Property Fund has earned a 5-star rating, which is awarded to the top 20% of all GRESB respondents
  • Jamestown earned an “A” on the 2020 United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) assessment

Learn More / Browse Annual Sustainability Reports:

2020 (Report, Reference), 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, Jamestown Sustainability Vision Report

Jamestown Charitable Foundation

Great Cities, Great Spaces

Founded in 2012, the Jamestown Charitable Foundation was established as a 501(c)(3) public charity to serve as the organizing entity for community events that benefit designated nonprofits. Jamestown is an investor in properties located in metropolitan centers. The Jamestown Charitable Foundation supports nonprofits that make our cities more desirable places to live and work.

The Jamestown Charitable Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving to catalyze great placemaking and build healthy, sustainable, and economically viable cities.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In 2020, the Jamestown Charitable Foundation added a new focus area to support organizations working to eliminate racial injustice. Through this focus area, the Jamestown Charitable Foundation will support organizations working to bring positive change to America and the world. Support will be given to organizations focused on dismantling structural racism, as well as organizations active within one of the other Foundation focus areas, but specifically working on issues within racially and ethnically diverse communities.

Sustainable and Local Food Movements

Access to food that is grown locally and without pesticides is of paramount importance in cities and communities with growing populations. Community gardens, farm-to-table projects, and scholarships for rising chefs from disadvantaged communities are the types of initiatives we believe address these critical issues.

Parks and Green Space

In the urban environment, parks and green spaces play an important role in providing respite, as well as areas for recreation. Many Jamestown Charitable Foundation projects are located near important parks and green spaces because we value the role of these spaces in community life. Through our giving program, we assist conservancies and other caretakers of these spaces.

Alternative Transportation and Transit

We support a variety of initiatives and organizations that work to raise public awareness and provide alternatives to car commuting such as transit, cycling, or electric vehicles. At our properties we support employees and tenants to consider alternative transportation by providing bicycle facilities to encourage ridership, electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for owners of low emission vehicles, and nearby access to public transportation.


Cultural projects can enhance or revive communities by promoting interaction and shared community spirit. In addition, great design inspires creativity and innovative problem solving in the workplace and throughout our communities.

In 2020, Jamestown and the Jamestown Charitable Foundation made charitable gifts totaling over $2 million. Non-profit beneficiaries included the following:

Horizontal row of beneficiary logos including Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, Community Farmers Market, Exploratorium, Georia Organics, High Line, Hudson Guild, and Wellness in the Schools