Environmental Responsibility

Our focus on the environment is demonstrated by how we manage our day-to-day activities at our corporate headquarters. At our headquarters, we promote energy efficiency and encourage practices such as:

  • Powering down office equipment at the end of the day,
  • Implementing file-sharing technology and automatic “duplex mode” to limit paper use,
  • Adopting electronic approval systems,
  • Encouraging employees to carpool to our headquarters,
  • Recycling paper waste. In 2018, we sent more than 28,485 pounds of paper to our off-site partner for recycling.

With respect to recycling and reuse practices, we encourage the use of recycled products and the recycling of materials during our operations. Cell phones, wireless devices and office equipment are recycled or donated whenever possible.

In addition, our headquarters was constructed according to the State of California energy efficiency standards (specifically following California Green Building Standards Code and Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations), with features such as an automatic lighting control system with light-harvesting technology, a Building Management System that monitors and controls energy use, an energy-efficient PVC roof and heating and cooling system, and drought-tolerant landscaping with recycled materials. We continue to evaluate our current operations, strive to improve our environmental performance, and implement sustainable business practices.

The properties in our portfolio are net leased to our tenants who are responsible for maintaining the buildings and are in control of their energy usage and environmental sustainability practices. We work with our tenants to promote environmental responsibility at the properties we own, with some locations achieving LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

Our Asset Management team has engaged with a renewable energy development company to identify assets that would maximize energy efficiency initiatives throughout our property portfolio. These initiatives include solar energy arrays, battery storage, and charging stations. In addition, we continue to explore regional opportunities with our tenants in order to qualify for city and/or county renewable energy or energy efficiency programs to conserve our world’s finite resources.


Realty Income's Green Team encourages our employees to focus on environmentally-smart choices to further reduce our environmental impact as a company. The Green Team, which includes executive and officer-level team members, positively impacts the environment through education and engagement within the company and local communities, focusing on waste, energy, and water management.

To ensure efficiency and effectiveness, the Green Team is organized into the following subcommittees:

  • Single-use Consumables Reduction/Waste Reduction - Recycling Advancement
  • Energy/Water Management
  • Paperless Innovation
  • External and Educational Events
  • Transportation Alternatives

As an internal voluntary group of environmentally conscious individuals, the Green Team is constantly researching and implementing various methods of reducing our environmental footprint as a company, subject to our net lease orientation.