As one of the largest commercial property investors in the world, we are committed to continuous improvement of our environmental performance. Sustainability is a priority for our tenants, and as landlords, our goal is to exceed their expectations. We know that shrinking the environmental footprint in our buildings, and cutting back on energy, water and waste will have a positive effect on the financial performance of our assets. To assist our efforts and assess our progress, we commissioned an outside audit of sustainability initiatives within our portfolio of 18 Canadian office buildings last year, and found that in 2010, our recycling programs saved the equivalent of 191,000 trees, our water usage fell by an amount that would fill 120 Olympic sized pools, and we saved enough electricity to power 3,800 homes.
Within our 88 million-square foot global office portfolio, we currently have:
- 16 Leadership in Energy and Environmental (LEED) certifications
- 100% of our Canadian properties earned BOMA BESt (Building Environmental Standards) certification
- 80% of our U.S. properties achieved ENERGY STAR certification