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BUILDING FOR A CHANGING WORLD

For more than half a century, our goal at Howard Hughes has remained the same: to foster innovation, inspiration, resilience, and sustainable growth for generations to come.

2022 Communities Report

A Letter from Our CEO

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David R. O’Reilly
Chief Executive Officer

“At our foundation we are community builders, known for creating the outstanding places where families want to live and businesses choose to thrive.”

David R. O’Reilly
Chief Executive Officer

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Latest announcements

From HH Communities

Ellie Chamberland

Breathing new life into iconic landmarks

‘Journeys with Lisa’ talks to Ellie Chamberland, VP of Marketing at Howard Hughes, about placemaking at the Seaport.

Carlos Olea

Howard Hughes 2023 Investor Day

Listen to the webcast and download the presentation from the 2023 Investor Day, presented by David O’Reilly, L. Jay Cross and Carlos Olea.

Gautami Palanki, Senior Vice President, ESG Strategy

ESG: How Did A Well-Intended Idea Become So Polarizing?

Gautami Palanki joins a conversation with Ten Across to discuss the practical and proven applications of ESG performance metrics.

L. Jay Cross, President

Building Complete Communities Post-Pandemic

Jay Cross shares what he’s learned about how to build complete communities and his hopes for the future urban landscape in America.

Dr. Hope VonBorkenhagen, Chief People Officer

How to Take the Next Step in Your Career

Dr. Hope VonBorkenhagen joins Bonnie Wedemeyer and Rey Black in this Fairygodboss webinar on leadership.

A Presence in Six States

TEXAS

NEW YORK

NEVADA

MARYLAND

HAWAII

ARIZONA

  • 149,000

    Residents

  • 42,106

    Acres

  • Houston

    Metro Area

  • 1974

    Established

Texas

The Woodlands, along with the two complementary communities of Bridgeland and The Woodland Hills in the Greater Houston region, remain at the forefront of totally integrative design, delivering a high quality of life to diverse and self-sustaining community.

The fact that The Woodlands is the largest community in the world to achieve LEED pre-certification—without really changing or modifying how we develop—validates the approach to sustainability that George Mitchell adopted at its inception.

JIM CARMAN
PRESIDENT, HOUSTON REGION

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SUSTAINABLE | INCLUSIVE | TRANSPARENT

Sustainable

Corporate Center

Planting for the future

Planted more than 600 trees in Columbia for a total of 3,843 trees to-date as part of a commitment to plant 10,000 by 2037; Ward Village donated $25,000 to support Trees for Honolulu’s Future, which is working to achieve 35% tree canopy coverage by 2035.

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Committed to giving back

Contributed over $2.7 million in financial donations and hands-on support to more than 200 organizations and causes.

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Messaging with clarity

Communicated the impact to our business on critical sustainability issues in reference to the latest Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

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ALIGNING WITH

UN Goals

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    GOOD HEALTH

    & WELL BEING

  • A white book with a pen and pencil on a red background, representing creativity within communities.

    QUALITY

    EDUCATION

  • A white male and female symbol on an orange background, representing the diversity of communities.

    GENDER

    EQUALITY

  • A glass of water representing the essential element for communities.

    CLEAN WATER
    
& SANITATION

  • The sun icon on a yellow background symbolizes communities coming together to spread warmth and brightness.

    AFFORDABLE
    &
 CLEAN ENERGY

  • A white and red logo with an upward arrow representing communities.

    DECENT WORK
    & ECONOMIC GROWTH

  • A white logo with the letter o on a brown background that represents communities.

    RESPONSIBLE
    CONSUMPTION
    & PRODUCTION

  • A green and white eye icon with the word earth in it, symbolizing global communities.

    CLIMATE
    ACTION

  • A green square with a tree and birds on it, representing the harmonious coexistence of nature and communities.

    LIFE ON
    LAND

SPOTLIGHT ON

Water

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Managing a Vital Resource

Designing a master planned community is an opportunity to rethink the systems and processes that have traditionally defined our cities, with the goal of making them better and more efficient.

Managing a Vital Resource

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Committed to our

Founders’ Vision

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Howard Hughes

The name Howard Hughes has long been synonymous with an unyielding passion for excellence, creativity, and a relentless pursuit of innovation.

From drill bits to aviation, film, and real estate, the Hughes family legacy includes the acquisition of a 25,000-acre parcel along the western rim of the Las Vegas valley, which would later be developed into the award-winning Summerlin master planned community—named for Jean Amelia Summerlin, the matriarch of the Hughes family.

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Victoria Ward

Driven by a profound love for her homeland, Victoria Ward embraced Mālama ʻĀina, the Hawaiian tradition of nurturing and restoring the land. She envisioned her vast 100-acre estate as a natural sanctuary where the community could come together to connect with each other and celebrate culture and the beauty of the island of Oahu.

Operated for multiple generations under the ownership of Victoria Ward Limited, the area became known as a flourishing gathering place between Waikiki and downtown Honolulu. The legacy continues today, as the location is home to Ward Village, a community dedicated to honoring the distinct history of its land and remaining at the forefront of sustainable development.

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George Mitchell

Inspired in part by the work of Rouse, the energy businessman George Mitchell acquired more than 28,000 acres of land in the Piney Woods of Southeast Texas with a vision of creating 
The Woodlands.

The Woodlands is home to over 118,000 residents and is one of the most acclaimed MPCs in the country. Considered by many as the father of sustainable development, George Mitchell established the Houston Advanced Research Center.

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James Rouse

James Rouse, known as the grandfather of the master planned community, is responsible for some of the most successful communities and retail districts in the nation, including the renowned MPC of Columbia, Maryland.

Grounded in his belief in economic, social, and racial equality, Rouse’s influence on the American urban landscape has reshaped how people live, work, and play. With visionary foresight, he reimagined how communities could be designed and built to create, in his words, “a garden for growing people.” He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1995 in honor of his “uplifting work in American cities.”

Communities Timeline

Archive

Our Journey

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HHCommunities 2021 Report

HHSustainability 2020-2021 EST Annual Report

2020-21 ESG
 Annual Report

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ESG Review 2019-2020

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ESG Review 2018-2019

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2017-18 ESG
 Annual Report