Sustainability Overview

We were green before it was a thing. From the first LEED Platinum skyscraper in the US, to innovative waste management initiatives, environmental responsibility has been The Durst Organization’s ethos since its inception.

Strong relationships are what make us exceptional, and we continually seek new ties that further our sustainable values. Through our partnership with McEnroe Organic Farm, just two hours north of here, we grow organic produce, raise grass-fed animals, and promote the benefits of local ingredients.

We even convert the food waste from our buildings into compost that nurtures our green roofs. And these elevated urban habitats provide a home to the colonies of bees. So, in a way, that meal you didn’t finish could contribute to making the delicious and (very) local honey.


  • One World Trade Center is the tallest LEED Gold building in the Western Hemisphere
  • Food preparation and organic waste converted to compost at McEnroe Organic Farm
  • Emphasis on farm to table, seasonal food
  • Locally sourced materials, wherever possible, for interior finishes and construction
  • One World Trade Center is a green building, which increases productivity and reduces absenteeism
  • Healthy Green cleaning practices
  • State-of-the art, energy efficient heating and cooling systems
  • LED lighting systems
  • High performance curtain wall that reduces ultraviolet and infrared light while maximizing natural daylight with minimal heat gain
  • Outside air is supplied to each floor to increase fresh air supply
One Green World
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