Green Living and Values

Green Values

UDR corporate values have grown to encompass Green values. UDR is committed to become the industry leader of environmentally conscious development and operations across our portfolio.

Reducing the environmental impact of our communities will lower operating costs, enhance the quality of life for our residents, and maximize value to our investors and shareholders. Our goal is to seek more than just financial performance by achieving something we refer to as ROV, a Return on Values. This concept that brings UDR’s corporate objectives full circle, delivering personal and professional fulfillment to associates and residents alike.

To accomplish this goal, UDR has created Sustainability Guidelines that are being implemented, throughout our portfolio of communities, located from coast to coast. Our original Concept of Smart Apartment Living is being expanded to offer opportunities for all residents to enjoy green living environments. The idea is to make it easy for them to contribute to sustainability without having to make a special effort; to create communities designed to make living and thinking green so easy and intuitive that it becomes second nature.

While the knowledge that what we are doing makes a measurable difference in saving energy, reducing costs and improving our communities is important, it is particularly gratifying to see our residents get excited about embracing green initiatives. For many, it is the first time that they have been afforded a real opportunity to participate in efforts and programs that have previously been available only to homeowners.

Our efforts address these key areas:


Native & drought-tolerant vegetation, water retention and preservation of mature trees and waterways. Storm water or well water irrigation, where feasible. Smart irrigation controllers.

Indoor Air Quality

Low VOC paints, adhesives and sealants.


Reducing the use of paper through electronic processing of rent payments, service requests, and lease renewals. Converting to 100% online marketing and advertising, which eliminates the need for rental magazines.

Featured Areas of Our Green Initiative

Energy Reduction

ENERGY STAR® rated appliances, compact fluorescent lighting, ceiling fans, programmable thermostats, exterior lighting controls and HVAC upgrades.

Water Conservation

High performance faucets, shower heads and toilets. Sub-metering and resident utility billing to lower usage and waste.


UDR communities have made significant progress in their waste service levels through recycling, reducing the number of weekly trash pickups.

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New Development

Each new development must complete a UDR Sustainability Scorecard to demonstrate compliance with the corporate guidelines. And many of our new developments are being constructed to Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) specifications set forth by The United States Green Building Council.

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)

Currently, we are applying for LEED certification on all of our development projects ranging from Silver to the first ever Platinum rating for a multifamily project. Comprehensive measures are being taken to address critical areas including site selection, energy consumption, water conservation, indoor air quality, pest management and materials/waste recycling. In addition, associates from both the operations and marketing sides go through an ongoing educational process. This assures that they fully understand and are able to communicate the advantages of sustainable practices to our current and prospective residents as well as vendors and stakeholders.


UDR pursues green objectives through continually seeking to improve existing communities. Our comprehensive Asset Quality Program maintains and improves communities to enhance resident satisfaction while lower operating costs and increasing real value.

Buildings designed to:

• Lower operating costs and increase asset value.
• Reduce waste sent to landfills.
• Conserve energy and water.
• Be healthier and safer for occupants.
• Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

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Our Offices

At UDR's offices across the country, associates are encouraged to find new ways to do business that represent our commitment to sustainability.

A Greener Working Environment

All offices use ENERGY STAR® printers and copiers and recycle their copier paper. Vendors are encouraged to submit their invoices electronically, which reduces paper and mailing costs. All purchasing for our communities is now done online,

which streamlines tracking and payment and eliminates all paperwork and checks. By implementing these new processes into our everyday work, UDR is building a more sustainable corporate model of efficiency.

Streamline Office Processes

ENERGY STAR® Copiers & Printers

Electronic Paperwork & Invoices

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Our Operations

Company efforts are not just centered on new construction and redevelopment. We are committed to reducing the environmental footprint of our existing communities by operating in a cost-effective, sustainable manner.

A Greener Place to Live

This extends to the day-to-day operations of all UDR communities. It’s a team approach that involves our management, associates, residents and vendors every step of the way. At UDR, we view sustainability as a work in progress and are continually striving to refine our programs and increase our efforts to enhance the quality of life for our residents, associates, and the neighborhoods in which we operate. Through our Smart Apartment Living program, UDR is truly opening doors to the future.

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