Sustainability and Social Responsibility

Through Jamestown Green and the Jamestown Charitable Foundation, we are reducing our impact on the environment and supporting the communities where we own property.

Jamestown Green

Jamestown Green identifies opportunities for sustainable practices that also drive financial performance at our assets, including:

  • Monitoring consumption of utilities and materials
  • Pursuing LEED and other certifications
  • Engaging with international sustainability protocols

The goals of Jamestown Green are to:

  • Minimize or reduce energy and water consumption and waste creation
  • Add value to assets by reducing operating expenses
  • Create healthy spaces for the people who use our buildings

Learn More / Browse Annual Sustainability Reports:

2022, 2021, 2020 (Report, Reference), 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, Jamestown Sustainability Vision Report

Awards & Certifications

Jamestown Corporate

  • 2022 Principles Real Estate Advisors (PREA) Momentum Award to the Premier Property Fund recognizing innovative and industry-leading approaches to ESG1
  • Portfolio includes:
    • 25 LEED certifications
    • 15 2022 ENERGY STAR ratings, average score of 84 out of 1002
    • Three Fitwel certifications
    • Two BREEAM Two Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) 360 Certifications3

Environmental, Social, and Governance Reporting

  • 5-Star rating from GRESB for the ninth consecutive year4
    • ESG performance in the top 20% of 1,820 global entities
    • Green Star for absolute performance on GRESB to the Premier Property Fund
  • "A” on the 2021 United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) assessment5

Property Highlights

Jamestown Green combines energy reduction and decarbonization initiatives to achieve our goal of net zero carbon operations portfolio-wide by 2050.

Levi's Plaza

  • Eliminating on-site use of fossil fuels through:
    • Energy efficiency retrofits, including replacing boilers with electric heat pumps
    • Generating solar electricity on-site
    • Purchasing 100 percent carbon-free electricity from the grid

Ponce City Market Phase II

  • 619 Ponce, a four-story mass timber office building with 90,000 square feet of office space and 23,000 square feet retail space, is constructed with cross laminated timber, which is more sustainable than concrete or steel
  • The building is targeting LEED Gold certification and will utilize all-electric systems for energy efficient and low-carbon operations
  1. Given on 3/23/2022 for the period of 1/1/2021 to 12/15/2021 by the Pension Real Estate Association. Jamestown pays to be a member of PREA.
  2. Award received on 1/31/2020 for the period of 1/1/2019 to 12/5/2019 by the U.S. EPA. Jamestown does not pay to participate in the program but is eligible to submit as an ENERGY STAR Partner.
  3. Award received on 6/27/2018 for the period of 1/1/2017 to 10/31/2017 by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International. Jamestown paid $375 to submit the award application.
  4. Rating received on 9/01/2022 for the period of 1/1/2021 to 12/31/2021 by GRESB. Jamestown pays an annual fee to be a GRESB Member and participates in GRESBs’ Annual Real Estate Assessment for certain Jamestown fund vehicles.
  5. Rating received on 6/01/2021 for the period of 1/1/2020 to 12/31/2020 by PRI. Jamestown pays an annual fee to be a UNPRI signatory. There was not an assessment in 2022 (covering 2021) due to scoring modifications.

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


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