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Innovation in Sustainability 

Innovation in Sustainability 

Sustainability Manager Kayla DeCarr explains why Horizon’s sustainability efforts are so exciting. 

In the energy industry, the multifamily sector is considered an underserved market. After a decade of working on utility, energy, and sustainability programs, I was excited to join Horizon as their inaugural Sustainability Manager. I knew there would be so much potential! 

It’s nearly unheard of for companies of Horizon’s size to have a dedicated sustainability manager, something I’m often reminded of by the utility companies and service providers I work with. That fact, coupled with strong support from management, comes with some unique benefits. Many of the biggest names in the multifamily housing space have a similar role at their company, Horizon is in a unique position to be agile and generate impact quickly in terms of utility cost savings, environmental impact, resident experience, and property condition. It’s a true gift for someone in my position. 

We’re striving to push the bounds and establish our properties as market leaders. In addition to creating baseline standards for the organization, a large part of my role has been to find opportunities across our portfolio. Because each property is different, each has its own unique circumstances that I consider as I identify the projects that are best suited for each property as they grow towards increased sustainability. This approach has led to some of the results below: 

In 2022, Horizon completed 52 energy and water initiatives across 20 properties in 10 states. 

  • Our 2022 initiatives saved 2.3 million kilowatt hours of energy, 8 million gallons of water, and more than $133k in utility costs. That’s comparable to taking 371 gas-powered passenger vehicles off the road or planting more than 28,000 trees. The water saved could fill 12 Olympic-sized swimming pools. 
  • Horizon added electric vehicle charging stations at eight properties. We now have ten properties with EV charging stations, with several more installations underway. 
  • In the last year, three properties have installed solar panels to generate electricity.  
  • We completed construction on a new development project and have two more on the way. All three have received a LEED Gold certification, a globally recognized award for sustainability achievement and leadership. 
  • We now incorporate sustainability into every apartment and clubhouse remodel, from LED lighting to high-efficiency water products to certified appliances. We are moving to 100% LED lighting at all properties across our portfolio, and follow minimum efficiency standards for our HVAC replacements. 


I’m proud to be a part of Horizon’s sustainability efforts. This is just one example of innovation at Horizon. Join us as an investor or as a Horizon teammate, and stay tuned for more exciting updates!