Making a positive impact on our buildings, communities, and the planet.

The IREM® Foundation is committed to the adoption of sustainability initiatives, education and training that impact the buildings where we live, work, shop, and play. Our Elaina’s Sustainability Fund grant recipients are doing work around the globe to make their communities, homes, and businesses more sustainable and foster happy and healthy living. Read about some of the projects we fund below.

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The IREM Foundation in action

EcoRise is inspiring and supporting students

EcoRise is inspiring and supporting student led projects that make schools more sustainable.


Demi is helping real estate

Demi is helping real estate managers offer clean, sleek, and affordable composting.


Apple Patch Community

Apple Patch Community pilots sustainability improvements in homes for developmentally and intellectually disabled adults.


What is IREM doing?

IREM Foundation sustainability initiatives are funded by Elaina's Sustainability Fund, which issues special grants to individuals and organizations promoting innovation, adoption and research into green initiatives and wellness programs for real estate management companies.

Innovating in sustainability
The Foundation is proud to fund impactful innovation. Recently that has included IoT-enabled Smart Bins in Rwanda that revolutionize waste collection, and educational materials on energy conservation for 12,000 Austin-area Vietnamese residents.

Accessing sustainable practices and tech
We work with communities and organizations looking to incorporate more sustainable practices. In the U.S., IREM Foundation funds enabled the creation of a community garden for a community of low-income seniors. In Ogbomosho, Nigeria, Zion Christian Academy installed 25-35 solar panels to provide a badly needed energy source.

Researching sustainability and wellness
For those with a desire to learn and inform, the Foundation enables impactful studies. For example, our funding has enabled research and case studies around best practices when implementing the IREM Certified Sustainable Property (CSP) certification.

Apply for funding.

  • • Non-profit organizations, municipalities, educational institutions, companies, or individuals may apply for grant funding.

    • Requests for funding must demonstrate a charitable nature as defined by the IRS and may be awarded for programs/initiatives that include research, next gen engagement, maintenance and tech development, professional development, recruitment from underrepresented populations or other avenues for addressing these objectives.

  • • The Foundation will consider requests for both new and existing programs when and existing program may benefit significantly from additional funding.

    • Grant recipients must submit a report within one year of receiving funding that outlines the outcomes of the grant.

  • Submit a request online.

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About Elaina

JElaina Tattersdale

On June 5, 2019, Elaina Tattersdale passed away after a short battle with cancer. At the young age of 35, she leaves behind two daughters and a devoted family including her parents, 2020 IREM President Cheryl Gray, CPM® and Rick Gray, CPM®.

Elaina believed that one person could make a difference. She worked as an enterprise project manager for Canada-based real estate firm, Morguard Investments. Her dream was to improve the impact buildings have on our environment by working in sustainability, but sadly, those doors never opened. To honor her passion, Elaina’s parents, Rick and Cheryl Gray, launched Elaina’s Sustainability Fund with a donation of $50,000 to the IREM Foundation in 2019.

Featured spotlight

Residents of Riverview Apartments in Pittsburgh, PA got their hands dirty by putting a $500 grant to use to build and plant accessible raised garden beds. The seniors in this affordable senior housing community are now enjoying their own herbs and vegetables thanks to their 2021 Elaina’s Sustainability Fund Grant.

Featured spotlight

The Vietnamese America Community in Austin, TX is preparing to launch an educational campaign to more than 12,000 local Vietnamese residents. The education will teach energy conservation methods such as household maintenance and recycling. Eventually the community will launch sustainability audits and fixes for those who participate in the campaign.

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