Green Guide - The Yards

The Yards is committed to being an eco-friendly development in the DC region and beyond. With innovative green solutions, activities that get people outdoors and mindful retailers, The Yards puts sustainability at the forefront, benefiting not only our tenants, residents and business partners, but also the community in which we operate. With Phase II creating several green, public gathering spaces, a years-long effort to clean up the Anacostia, and a strong ethos of sustainability from Brookfield Properties, The Yards is taking “green” to a whole new level.


The Yards Is Cleaning Up The Anacostia River.

Underwater trash bins, known as Seabins, were installed along the riverfront and near the marina at Yards Park to suck trash and debris out of the river.

The Gold Standard

All of The Yards Phase II will be built to LEED Gold standards and maximize opportunities for solar energy and green space wherever possible.

The Yards’ Watering Can

Our Low Impact Design streetscape planters force stormwater to naturally drain. They are also home to native trees and landscaping designed to filter while beautifying.

Run, Bike, Ride 

The Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, which borders The Yards, is 20-miles long and is the perfect place for a jog or bike ride and connects the Capitol Riverfront.

Check out the Capital BikeShare docking location next to Shilling Canning Co. with 18 bikes available to take a carbon-free ride around The Yards.


Pacers Running secures and refurbishes the best returns from top running brands. By purchasing Re/Run shoes, you can get a great deal and reduce waste.

Sweetgreen’s plant-forward menu is on average 30% less carbon intensive than the average American meal.

95% of materials used in Jeni’s Ice Cream shops are reusable, recyclable, or compostable.

Philz is a part of the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, a global initiative to make coffee the first sustainable commodity.

The vibrant waterfront venue District Winery utilizes LED lighting, energy-efficient equipment and a green roof for storm water control.

Varnish Lane believes in waterless nail services defined by health, not haste. Eliminating H20 from their nail salon was an early (and easy) decision. Their waterless manicures and pedicures are better for your nails, your health and environment.

TaKorean has made 12 donations to 9 charities and non-profit organizations in the DC area which are raising awareness and alleviating local environmental issues, supporting community farms, providing access to food, and empowering youth through experiential learning, outdoor education, and leadership development.

Lululemon is focused on using sustainable fabric, looking to achieve at least 75% sustainable materials including fibers that are recycled, renewable, regenerative, sourced responsibly, or some combination by 2025.


Take In The Warmer Weather

Go for a walk or jog along the Anacostia River Trail and pick up 10 pieces of litter that would otherwise end up in the river.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Take a bike ride to your favorite Yards restaurant and pick up supplies for a picnic in the park.

Meatless Mondays

Go plant-based at one of our many local restaurants and reduce your dietary carbon footprint.

Ditch Single-Use Plastics

Stop by Lululemon and pick up a reusable water bottle for all your hydration needs.

Sustainable Shopping

Bring your own reusable bags to shop to reduce the impact of plastic bags on the environment.

Share With Us! 

Post your green activity on Instagram during the month of April and tag #TheYardsGoesGreen to win a $100 gift card.

Protecting our environment and mitigating against negative climate impacts ensures that we have thriving communities for generations to come, which is why Brookfield Properties has committed to Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050 or sooner across our entire global portfolio. At its properties and active developments around the world, Brookfield Properties is testing or employing advanced sustainable practices involving energy use reduction, waste diversion systems, rainwater reuse, river water cooling systems, green roofs, plastic free environments, and environmentally friendly construction techniques and materials.