Starting with the Genzyme HQ in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which was completed nearly 20 years ago by Longfellow leadership and has a LEED Platinum rating, helped make our team one of the pioneers of sustainability in life sciences real estate.
Recently, after establishing an ESG Task Force in 2021 to advance the firm’s focus on integrating sustainability across its development portfolio, Longfellow created a new leadership role, focused solely on the firm’s ESG efforts.
“Our ESG program is broadly focused on the following elements: organizational strategy/policy, sustainable design and operations, and reporting/disclosure,” Lauren Ballou, Associate Director of ESG. “Building environmentally conscious and socially responsible projects is critical to meeting the challenges of climate change, and the needs of innovative companies who are demanding resilient, 21st century infrastructure.”
Building on existing policies and initiatives, Longfellow recently rolled out a formal ESG Policy across the organization, which serves as the baseline strategy. The policy will be updated annually and, in the future, will include a public-facing version. Earlier this year, Longfellow also formalized Sustainability and Resilience Design Guidelines for new development projects. The guidelines establish baseline project goals related to climate resilience, energy use, renewable energy, embodied carbon, greenhouse gas emissions reduction, waste, and water.
“At Longfellow we are committed to unlocking lasting value through sustainable building efforts and best practices to deliver innovative spaces for our environmentally conscious tenants and investors,” said Adam Sichol, Longfellow Co-Founder and CEO. “Bettering our future isn’t just about the projects we complete, but more importantly, the communities we serve.”
For more information on Longfellow’s ESG initiatives, email ESG Lead Lauren Ballou.