We believe that we have a responsibility to the people who live and work in the communities where we invest.
This responsibility goes beyond serving their shopping needs; we must reduce our impact on the environment in these communities.
Our approach to environmental sustainability is fourfold:
Mandatory and consistent construction guidelines have been established for tenants and for base building and mall common areas.
Sustainable procurement guidelines have been included in our Environmental Purchasing Policy.
Plans are being developed to have all properties be certified BOMA BESt. The Building Owner and Manager Association (BOMA) is an organization that represents the Canadian commercial real estate industry on matters of national concern and promotes excellence in the industry. BOMA BESt is a national program that provides common standards, educational and on-line assessment tools, independent data audits and a four-level performance certification program.
Properties and head/regional offices use environmentally-friendly products, cleaning services and best management practices. Indoor air quality is significantly improved through the use of low volatile organic compound paints, floor finishes, adhesives and furnishings.
Water conservation efforts include use of dual flush toilets, rainwater harvesting, controlled faucet flow and "smart" irrigation systems. Pilot projects are underway to test waterless urinals.
Energy is conserved at all of our properties through the:
Recycling programs address construction waste, computers and other electronic equipment, foodcourt recyclables and tenant waste. Our food courts are experimenting with recycling of "foodware" such as plastic cutlery and expanded polystyrene foam products such as coffee cups. Some properties are now successfully composting organic waste from food courts.