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OUR ESG FRAMEWORK

Learn more about Habitat’s commitment to sustainability

Forging a Greener Future

Whether it's obtaining LEED certification for our properties, or upgrading equipment to be more efficient, at The Habitat Company, we are always working towards a more eco-conscious, carbon-neutral future. Our commitment to excellence extends to the environment and, from a  maintenance and development standpoint, we plan on continuing pushing forward towards a greener tomorrow. 

Property initiatives 

  • Implement a mix of low-cost to no-cost initiatives to run our equipment in an efficient manner at our properties

  • Robust preventative maintenance program

  • Utility benchmarking

  • Annual audits for energy efficiency

  • Retro-commissioning

  • Utilizing smart tech to help run our properties more efficiently

  • Water improvement initiatives

Development iniTIatives

  • Incorporate Green Globes, LEED, and Enterprise Green Communities certification criteria into our construction projects

  • Utilize environmentally friendly refrigerants 

  • Consult and implement construction waste management/diversion

  • Specialize in water conservation initiatives

  • Invest in, and focus on, Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) projects

Social Responsibility in Action

Habitat we are committed to fostering a diverse, welcoming environment that promotes inclusion and furthers equity throughout our entire organization. From our philanthropic efforts to our amazing partnerships, we take our social responsibility to our team members, residents, and partners seriously.

Social Programs

  • Strategic Partnership with CARA Collective for furthering racial equity in hiring practices and offering people opportunities for career advancement.

  • Generating community equity initiatives via Habitat’s Racial Equity Committee.

  • Habitat Doing More Together campaign. A dedicated campaign on behalf of Habitat to further expand our efforts in philanthropy and giving back to the communities in which we work and operate. 

  • Generations Housing Initiatives partner, for offering essential services to our affordable communities. 

  • National Day of Service commitment. Habitat puts together a service day every year where Habitat team members across the country participate in volunteer efforts within their community. 

  • Active Move For Hunger Partner, across full market rate property portfolio, to help end food waste in the moving process.

  • BPI partner. BPI is dedicated to advancing innovative solutions to pressing issues of social justice and quality of life in the Chicago region.

  • Active DEI initiatives for on-site, regional, and corporate offices. 

  • Annual clothing and toy drives.

Operating With Integrity

Ethical, transparent operations has always been Habitat’s approach when working with our partners and residents. Our multi-layered method has helped us maintain and grow our partnerships and resident relationships since our founding 50 years ago. 

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Governance Policies

  • Habitat Executive Team that drives and furthers Habitat’s mission of providing excellent service while upholding our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

  • Habitat’s Code of Conduct that ensures team member accountability and commitment to excellence.

  • Multi-level review process for all political contributions and activities including compliance with lobbying laws in the jurisdictions where we work.

  • Dedicated team members for risk management, compliance, information technology/data security.

  • Every investment venture is independently audited, and tax returns prepared by outside certified public accountants.

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