A Tradition of Stewardship

As we embark on projects across the country, we practice sustainable development in our construction, maintenance, renovation, and tenant improvement projects—including LEED® certification for all new developments. These practices reduce waste, conserve energy and water and, in general, contribute to a healthier, cleaner environment.

Sustainable Inside and Out

Our Sustainable Development Policy includes specific sustainability solutions for our projects. These guidelines represent industry best practices, improve long-term asset value, and offer our tenants efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable workspaces.


Our guidelines call for LED lighting throughout the warehouse, office, and exterior areas, along with automated lighting controls.


We adhere to guidelines for equipment efficiency, economizers, ventilation, ducts and dampers, and installation of ENERGY STAR HVAC equipment.


We install U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) WaterSense toilets, urinals, and faucets whenever possible.


We use the latest technology and planning guidance, drought-resistant landscaping based on geographic location, and high-efficiency irrigation systems as appropriate.


We use low-impact development (LID) and green infrastructure to recreate the natural movement of water, reduce runoff, and store rainwater for irrigation.


Our new building sites and appropriate tenant fit-up projects recycle or salvage at least 75 percent of debris, and we support our tenants in recycling on-site materials.


We promote alternative energy options, through third-party facilitators, that align with tenants’ sustainability initiatives, including solar energy solutions.


Sustainable Development Policy

Our Sustainable Development Policy guides all that we do when it comes to new construction, including the sourcing of materials and resources, sustainable siting, water and energy efficiency, atmosphere and air quality, and regional geographic conditions. See our Sustainable Development Policy.

Duke Realty Green Bond

We closed a $400 million green bond offering at the end of 2019 as part of our commitment to sustainability. Our green bond is the first of its kind in the United States by an industrial REIT. Net proceeds will finance future eligible green projects.