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Forest City becomes second U.S. REIT to set approved science-based targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
First U.S. real estate company overall to set approved target for scope 3 emissions

CLEVELAND, May 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Forest City Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FCEA) today announced that the company has become the second U.S.-based real estate investment trust (REIT) to set a greenhouse gas emissions target approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

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The company has set targets for reducing directly managed greenhouse gas emissions from its operating portfolio (scope 1 and 2) by 27.5 percent by 2025 from a 2016 baseline, along with a 33 percent reduction in emissions from sources such as tenant and resident spaces and construction activity (scope 3).

"Our laser-focus on strategic execution and the exceptional performance of our portfolio enables us to set these forward-thinking targets, which are grounded in the best climate science available and align with the goals of our core markets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their cities," said David J. LaRue, Forest City president and chief executive officer. "We look forward to delivering on these targets and being joined by more of our real estate industry peers in taking these important steps to manage our collective impact on the environment."

Forest City joins some of the country's best-known brands as the 25th U.S.-based company to have a target approved by the SBTi, an organization that independently assesses and approves companies' targets. The goal is to ensure that targets are in line with the level of decarbonization required to keep global temperature increase below two degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial temperatures, a central aim of the Paris Agreement. SBTi is a collaboration between CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), World Resources Institute, the World Wide Fund for Nature, and the United Nations Global Compact and is a commitment of the We Mean Business Coalition.

In its industry, Forest City is the fourth real estate company worldwide and the second U.S. REIT to set a science-based target. In addition, Forest City is the first U.S. real estate company to set a science-based target for scope 3 emissions.

With a strong sustainability and operations platform already in place, Forest City expects to achieve its targets by continuing to focus on key drivers of reduced emissions, including:

  • Completing energy efficiency projects within the portfolio
  • Developing LEED-certified, high-performance buildings
  • Monitoring construction-related emissions and exploring ways to reduce them
  • Transitioning the portfolio to more efficient assets that use less energy per square foot
  • Assessing opportunities to incorporate renewable energy into the portfolio

In addition to this significant achievement, Forest City was recently named a 2018 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for energy management and will be publishing its 6th annual corporate responsibility report in June 2018. Learn more by visiting

About Forest City
Forest City Realty Trust, Inc. is a NYSE-listed national real estate company with $8.0 billion in consolidated assets. The Company is principally engaged in the ownership, development, management and acquisition of commercial and residential real estate throughout the United States. For more information, visit

About Science Based Targets initiative
The Science Based Targets initiative champions science-based target setting as a powerful way of boosting companies' competitive advantage in the transition to the low-carbon economy. The initiative defines and promotes best practice in science-based target setting, offers resources and guidance to reduce barriers to adoption, and independently assesses and approves companies' targets. It is a partnership between CDP, WRI, WWF and the UN Global Compact, and one of the We Mean Business coalition commitments.

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At the Company: Jill Ziegler, Director - Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, 216-592-1310; Jeff Linton, Senior Vice President - Corporate Communication, 216-416-3558

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