2022 Sustainability Report: Empire State Realty Trust








TOWER LIGHTS A defining feature of the New York City skyline since 1976, the Empire State Building lights have captured the world’s imagination for decades. We maintain a tradition where we change the color of the lights to recognize important occasions, holidays, and organizations throughout the year. Since 2012, the building has used a state-of-the-art LED lighting system that is able to display more than 16 million colors. On March 26, 2022, in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund, our lights turned off for an hour in observance of Earth Hour. On June 26, 2022, in honor of NYC Pride, our lights shined in rainbow colors. On October 3, 2022, in partnership with Estée Lauder Companies, the building turned pink in honor of breast cancer awareness month. On November 3, 2022, the building lit up in teal in honor of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s Light the World in Teal Campaign. Organizations are chosen via an application form submitted on our website; applications are reviewed by the lighting partner team. For additional information and an up-to-date calendar, visit our Empire State Building website.

HOMELESS ASSISTANCE FUND The Homeless Assistance Fund is a public-private initiative between New York City and housing non-profit Breaking Ground’s “Connect to Care” program. The program provides services and mental health resources to homeless New Yorkers. In 2022, ESRT donated use of prebuilt office space to be used by Breaking Ground through August 2023.

THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING RUN-UP Noted by some as the ultimate endurance test, the annual Empire State Building Run-Up event challenges runners around the world to race up its famed 86 flights or 1,567 stairs. Presented by Turkish Airlines, the official charity of the Run-Up is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). Runners who participate in the Run-Up’s CAF heat fundraise to raise awareness and donations for the organization. In 2022, 380 runners participated and $62,800 was raised to help people with permanent physical challenge gain access to adaptive sports equipment, athletic training, an active lifestyle, community, and mentorship. To honor this event, the Empire State Building displayed red and white lights.


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