The various crises we endured in 2020 – economic, public health, social justice, and climate – underscore the importance and urgency of ESG. ESG remains a priority for all of us at Vornado and is further supported with oversight from our Board.

Climate change risks are imminent, as climate-driven events wreak havoc across the globe, damaging infrastructure and adversely impacting vulnerable communities. As corporate citizens we believe must do our part to reduce our impact on the environment and manage the associated risks. Last year, we published our commitment to making our buildings carbon neutral by the year 2030. Our six-point plan, known as Vision 2030, is discussed fully in this ESG Report. We have committed to aligning this plan with the Science- Based Target Initiative.

We have been focused on energy efficiency for over ten years. In fact, we reduced our energy consumption 24% between 2009 and 2019. We prioritize energy efficiency as the primary means to reduce our carbon emissions; we can and should do more, with less. To that end, below is an inventory of carbon emissions from our buildings 1 in 2020, according to the Financial Control method, measured in metric tons:

We realized a 20% reduction in our emissions from 2019 to 2020, mostly due to COVID-related dormancy in our office and retail spaces. We expect emissions to increase from these values, at least partially, with the return of our tenants in 2021.

Carbon emissions have a complex relationship with real estate. As property owners, we can control the emissions generated by our energy consumption, but we also must be aware of the resources expended to generate this energy. A “green” electrical grid is fully supported by renewable energy and other zero-carbon resources, like hydropower and nuclear. If the grid is green, a building whose sole energy source is electricity could become carbon neutral. Both New York State and California have mandates to achieve green grids (New York by 2040; California by 2045). Such regulation compels us to consider electrifying our buildings as a plausible path to carbon neutrality. We are actively doing so in the PENN District and elsewhere. We have a seat at the table with climate policymakers at City, State, and Federal levels to advise not only on what role buildings must play in climate change mitigation, but also how it can be done.

We responded to COVID with determination to ensure that our tenants, employees, and visitors remain healthy and safe. We fortified our buildings with protections that include thermal scanning, social distancing and PPE requirements, enhanced HVAC and Indoor Air Quality, and more recently, onsite COVID testing locations. This infrastructure is further reinforced with our green cleaning program and our best-in-class operations team. An expanded discussion on our COVID-19 response is found in the Health & Wellness section of this report.

We have also provided our employees with the resources, support, and flexibility needed through the pandemic. We continually support our human capital by sponsoring continuing education and career development. We have actively engaged with our workforce and solicited their feedback through our divisional leaders and employee surveys.

Our Board, and particularly our Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, is assigned with oversight of ESG, which includes climate change risk. A discussion of our corporate governance is included in our proxy statement, which can be viewed at and the governance section of our website at

We proudly celebrate our continued achievements and recognition as a leader in ESG. In 2020, we were recognized by NAREIT as a Leader in the Light (11 years running), we achieved ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year with Sustained Excellence (6th time with this distinction) and we earned accolades from the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (8th year with “Green Star” Ranking, top quintile of performers, and an “A” grade for our public disclosure). We own and operate more than 27 million square feet of LEED certified buildings, representing 95% of our office portfolio, with over 23 million square feet at LEED Gold or better.

Our ESG narrative is told with transparency and supported by data. We have expanded our climate scenario analysis as recommended by the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures and have updated our disclosures according to the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and the Global Reporting Initiative. All can be found at

Steven Roth
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

1 We have chosen to report our emissions according to the financial control method, as discussed in the World Resource Institute’s Greenhouse Gas Protocol: A Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard: Revised Edition. Our Scope 1 emissions include onsite combustion from oil and natural gas; Scope 2 emissions include our district steam consumption and electricity consumption, including electricity consumed by our submetered tenants; Scope 3 emissions include other utility consumption within the direct control of our tenants.