Sustainability

Mayors target embodied carbon in construction projects

Construction Business

Mayors target embodied carbon in construction

The mayors of Budapest, Los Angeles. Mexico City and Oslo are the first signatories of a new declaration targeting a 50 per cent reduction in carbon emissions from construction projects by 2030.
sustainable cleaning

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

Sustainable products & practices for a sustainable future

Sustainable cleaning doesn’t mean that cleaning isn't happening as well or as often; just that more sustainable tools and processes are used.
Elaina's Sustainability Fund

REMI Network

Grant applications open for Elaina’s Sustainability Fund

Elaina's Sustainability Fund, by the Institute of Real Estate Management Foundation, is now accepting applications for funding to support green real estate management initiatives.
CREST awards celebrate sustainability gains

Canadian Property Management

CREST awards celebrate sustainability gains

While teams are still focused on an electricity-saving target, the race2reduce, sponsored by BOMA Toronto, has now expanded its mandate to include water, gas, solid waste and overarching climate leadership.
New ASHRAE headquarters intended to demonstrate achievable energy performance in older existing buildings

Canadian Property Management

ASHRAE unveils energy performance role model

The newly renovated and retrofitted 42-year-old office building is intended to embody the global society’s mandate to advance human well-being through sustainable technology in the built environment.
BOMA Toronto's race2reduce aligns with climate capitalism

Canadian Property Management

Real estate makes space for climate capitalism

The 2020 race2reduce field boasts more than 1,730 buildings encompassing 248 million square feet of space in common areas and tenant premises — an increase from 650 buildings covering 95 million square feet in 2019.
air leakage

REMI Network

Minto pilots high-rise air leakage testing

Minto is now the first developer in Ontario to complete a baseline measurement for high-rise air leakage.
Canadian researchers among 25 global Green Talents

REMI Network

Canadian researchers among global Green Talents

Germany’s federal Ministry of Education and Research has named 25 Green Talents for 2020, chosen from an international field of scholars in the early stages of careers in sustainability sciences.
funds released for school energy retrofits

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Carbon pricing bankrolls school energy retrofits

Promised allocations from the federal Climate Action Incentive Fund have been released for building envelope, lighting and HVAC system improvements.
Mark Carney to lead development of ESG-focused funds at Brookfield Asset Management

Canadian Property Management

Brookfield looks to Carney on ESG-focused funds

Mark Carney, the United Nations special envoy for climate action and finance, has joined Brookfield Asset Management as vice chair and head of ESG and impact fund investing.
2020 GRESB response demonstrates ESG momentum

REMI Network

GRESB response demonstrates ESG momentum

Participation in the global benchmarking exercise increased 18 per cent from 2019 and represents more than USD $5.3 trillion worth of assets under management.
Sunnybrook Hospital

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Sunnybrook Hospital abuzz with beekeeping first

Sunnybrook Hospital has become the first healthcare facility in Toronto to welcome honeybees to its 100-acre property.
Toronto Council to consider updates to investment decision process

REMI Network

Toronto to refine investment decision process

Proposed policy changes would embed United Nations sustainable development goals in ESG criteria and adjust parameters for allocations to real assets.
Public disclosure of energy use and GHG intensity holds little appeal for building owners concerned about uninformed scrutiny

Canadian Property Management

Public disclosure could foil energy reporting

The City of Winnipeg has invited commercial building owners and institutional facility managers to affix their Energy Star Portfolio Manager results on a publicly accessible map.
Elaina's Sustainability Fund

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

USGBC develops COVID-focused LEED credit

The USGBC's new pilot credit in the LEED green building rating system supports building operators as they respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.
beehives

REMI Network

Colonnade BridgePort abuzz with urban beehives

Programming for both commercial and residential tenants will include free workshops focused on bee education, as well as the end of season honey harvest.
uninsured property disqualified for Alberta disaster recovery funding

CondoBusiness

Uninsured property disqualified for Alberta aid

Condo boards and residential landlords in Fort McMurray and surrounding flood-stricken areas will have until August 5 to apply for provincial funding to help cover uninsurable damage.