As one of the largest, publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), we are dedicated to building connections responsibly by minimizing our impact on natural resources and ecosystems, while promoting renewable energy and biodiversity. By hosting equipment from multiple tenants on our cell towers, our business model is fundamentally green, as it reduces the environmental footprint of modern wireless networks.

Our current environmental considerations center on energy and resource conservation for our operations, the operation of our sites in the most sustainable manner possible and a thorough consideration of environmental concerns in the community and surrounding ecosystems.

The Green @ American Tower Initiative

Through the Green @ American Tower initiative, we focus on minimizing the environmental impact of the materials used in our daily operations by reducing, reusing and recycling. We believe a culture of sustainable operations begins with doing everything we can to provide a greener space for employees to work collaboratively and be inspired.

In our operations, we focus primarily on the use and sources of our consumed energy and have ongoing initiatives globally to reduce direct and indirect energy emissions.

reduction in fossil fuel consumption

Compliance

American bald eagle in a nest

While we focus many of our resource-conservation efforts on energy usage, not all environmental issues are related to energy. We treat environmental compliance as a key element of responsible tower siting. Prior to constructing or augmenting tower sites, we consider possible environmental impacts and ensure compliance with all applicable local laws and regulations. Once a tower has been constructed, we continue to monitor environmental sensitivities through our daily operations and recognize our tower sites often become an important part of the surrounding natural ecosystem. For example, our Bird Watch Program in the U.S. has a well-established method for identifying and tracking bird nest sites to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations regarding protected bird species nesting on our towers.

 

Million Trees Initiative

In 2018, we announced our commitment to planting one million trees across the United States over the next decade. Our Million Trees initiative is a new and creative approach to philanthropic giving that helps support our mission to connect to the communities where our teams live and work. To implement this program, we are partnering with American Forests, the nation’s oldest conservation organization. We are proud to be taking steps to make a positive impact on our environment and leaving a tangible legacy that will benefit our communities into the next century.

American Tower emloyees planting trees

Community Involvement

Another important aspect of sustainable design is active involvement in the communities where we operate. Through public notices and community meetings, we provide a forum for interested parties to understand, evaluate and comment on our plans in their communities. These meetings are a valuable community source for education and for the discussion of any environmental questions, and we are committed to being as responsive as possible to community members through a variety of channels.

Wireless infrastructure to enable a connected world.

Founded in 1995, American Tower, one of the largest global Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), is a leading independent owner, operator and developer of multitenant communications real estate, with a portfolio of over 160,000 communications sites, including approximately 40,000 towers in the United States and more than 109,000 towers internationally.

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American Tower was named one of America’s Best Mid-Sized Employers in 2019 by Forbes.