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DEF 14A
ACADIA REALTY TRUST filed this Form DEF 14A on 03/26/2019
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other things, presiding at executive sessions of the non-management Trustees.

 

Board Evaluations. Our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee oversees annual evaluations of our Board as a whole and each Trustee individually.

 

Regular Succession Planning. A high priority is placed on regular and thoughtful succession planning for our senior management.

 

Risk Oversight by Full Board and Committees. A principal function of our Board is to oversee risk assessment and risk management related to our business. Oversight for specific areas of risk exposure is delegated to our Board committees.

 

Code of Ethics. A robust Code of Business Conduct and Ethics is in place for our Trustees, officers and employees.

 

Clawback Policy. Our Board has voluntarily adopted a formal clawback policy that applies to cash and equity incentive compensation.

 

Anti-Hedging and Anti-Pledging. Our Trustees, officers and employees are subject to anti-hedging and anti-pledging policies.

 

Annual Say-on-Pay. We annually submit “say-on-pay” advisory votes for shareholder consideration and vote.

 

Sustainability. We strive to conduct our business in a socially responsible manner that balances consideration of environmental and social issues with creating long-term value for our Company and our shareholders.

 

No Over-boarding. Our written governance policy limits Trustee membership on other public company boards subject to discretion of our Board.

 

Shareholder-requested Meetings. Our Bylaws permit shareholders to request the calling of a special meeting.

 

Whistleblower Policy. Our Board of Trustees has adopted a “whistleblower” policy.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL AND GOVERNANCE (“ESG”) ACHIEVEMENTS AND INITIATIVES

 

The Company is dedicated to responsible environmental, social and community stewardship as an essential part of our mission to build a successful business and to shape the communities we serve throughout our portfolio, in addition to our workplace community. Below are some highlights of our commitment to ESG principles.

 

Environmental

 

We have undertaken a number of green initiatives that not only conserve energy and reduce waste, but offer our tenants cost-effective incentives to promote sustainability efforts throughout our portfolio. We are a member of the Green Business Partnership and are they have certified us as a green business.

 

 

LED Lighting Upgrade. We launched an energy reduction program at select suburban shopping centers by embracing LED lighting technology and smart lighting control systems for parking lots, common areas, walkways, signage and façade lighting. New developments are designed with this reduced energy consumption criteria in mind where applicable, and many of our existing centers are in the process of being converted to this energy reducing technology. We are in the process of replacing many of our incandescent or fluorescent lighting to high efficiency LED. Our corporate office is equipped with automatic occupancy sensors and LED lighting to limit consumption and reduce our carbon footprint.

 

 

Waste Reduction. In order to reduce waste, we are encouraging departments to sign up for electronic/paperless billing whenever available, requesting vendors to send contracts and invoices electronically and we have implemented an electronic communication system for tenants, significantly reducing monthly and annual mailings. We also encourage staff to recycle, reuse and rethink their use of resources. In addition, many of our properties utilize energy efficient windows and doors. Lastly, our property management department uses EarthCAM at several properties to minimize transportation for property managers.

 

 

Energy Efficient Roofs. New roofing projects are designed with criteria to increase energy efficiency whenever appropriate. Currently, we use either green roofs (which are covered with vegetation or grass) to reduce storm water runoff and increase energy efficiency by protecting buildings from direct solar heat and minimizing heat loss through added insulation on the roof, or white roofs (which reflect up to 90% of sunlight) to keep buildings cool and prevent heat from damaging the roofs.

 

 

Water Conservation. We have installed sub-meter monitoring systems at several properties to be alerted of excessive use due to leaks. We also use irrigation controls (which use, on average, approximately 30% less water), accessed through remote applications, to conserve water and time.

 


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