Sustainability

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.
LEED green building

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.
waste management

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

Technology gets smart about waste management

Waste equipment and services that can process and organize vast amounts of data help inform sustainable practices throughout the facility.
digital Earth Day 2020 focuses on individual actions for collective change

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Individual actions drive digital Earth Day 2020

This year’s 50th anniversary event is already in progress, in homes and online, as organizers launched 22 days of daily challenges for promoting climate change resilience on April 1.
Smart buildings harnessed for pandemic response

Canadian Property Management

Smart buildings harnessed for pandemic response

While climate change may have slipped somewhat from people’s consciousness and priorities right now, it’s noteworthy that the pandemic and climate crises are both problems of exponential growth against a limited capacity to cope.
Manitoba pledges funds for brownfield cleanup

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

Brownfield cleanup in Manitoba’s green spending

The funding was announced as part of a $150-million package of green initiatives aligned with Manitoba's climate change strategy.
pesticide classification scale allows users to make risk comparisons

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

Pesticide classification scale scopes out risk

Researchers applied a range of filtering criteria to categorize 659 pesticides as highly hazardous, high-risk or lower risk, and support comparisons of risks posed to human and environmental health.
real estate companies are a small fraction of low-carbon earners in this year's Clean200

Canadian Property Management

Low-carbon earners scarce in listed real estate

Technically, three real estate entities are ranked in the 2020 Clean200 list of publicly traded companies, but just two of them have conventional commercial real estate portfolios.
investment deal resumption foreseen for Q3

Canadian Property Management

Industrial-retail seesaw in play for investors

A 6.65 per cent average total return on the Canada Property Index's 2,723 directly held standing assets, scattered across eight major markets, cloaks significant variances between property sectors and from market to market.
renewable energy consumption

REMI Network

Renewable energy consumption lags 2020 targets

Germany, the UK, Sweden and Spain all draw on renewable sources for more than 10 per cent of consumption. From there, the prominence of renewable supply declines significantly.