Leave this place better than you found it.


100 years ago, Joseph and Rose Durst founded a real estate business on one simple philosophy: “Leave each place better than you found it.” This has driven The Durst Organization to develop pioneering offices and residences for four generations.

When Douglas and Jody Durst took over management of the company in the early 1990s, they identified perhaps the most important element of this founding principle: integrating ecofriendly and sustainable practices into all aspects of The Durst Organization’s portfolio. From that time, The Durst Organization has been a recognized leader in the field of sustainable building.

The entire 15.5 million square foot commercial and residential portfolio is managed to the highest levels of sustainability and the Durst’s have built or are building 9.5 million square feet of ground-up green buildings.

From cleaning products, to green roofs, to beehives, to a 4.6 Megawatt Cogeneration Plant, sustainable practices are integral to every project the Durst family undertakes.


The Durst Organization has compiled an impressive list of trailblazing environmental benchmarks:

• One Bryant Park — the first LEED Platinum skyscraper.

• One World Trade Center — the largest building designed to achieve LEED Gold in the United States.

• 4 Times Square — the world’s first "green" skyscraper.

• 1155 Avenue of the Americas — the first thermal ice storage air conditioning system in New York City.

• Helena 57 West — New York’s first voluntary LEED residential building. Earning LEED Gold, it is also Manhattan's first high-rise residential building to launch an organics collection program.

• First commercial owner in New York City to send food waste from its buildings to a local organic farm for composting. The resulting nutrient rich material is returned for use on the green roofs atop the buildings where the food waste originated.

• 1133 and 1155 Avenue of the Americas — the first two buildings in New York City to receive LEED Silver Certification under the LEED v4 Existing Building: Operations + Maintenance Rating System.

Sustainable practices also include:

  • GREEN ROOF INITIATIVE. The Durst Organization has installed over an acre of green roofs across its Midtown Manhattan portfolio. To learn more, see the video created by the High School for Environmental Studies.

  • SAVING WATER, ENERGY, AND MATERIALS. Download an overview (pdf) for additional insight into One Bryant Park’s sustainability features.

  • DAY-TO-DAY GREEN. The Durst Organization is building green and maintaining green, with programs such as carpet recycling, green offices, and a green supplies discount program for tenants.

Because building sustainably is an iterative process and new methods, material, and technologies are constantly being introduced, the company continuously researches, explores, and implements new approaches to building green.

The Durst Organization establishes enduring relationships by developing sustainable workplaces and homes that benefit our environment.