|BOMA BEST® Case Study: Eglinton Square Shopping Centre|
Toronto shopping centre Eglinton Square has been certified BOMA BEST® Platinum for excellence in the environmental management and operations of the shopping centre by the Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada, the first shopping centre in Canada to receive this BOMA BEST® designation.
“Eglinton Square’s Platinum certification is truly an outstanding success, which only the very best commercial buildings achieve. I commend the team at Bentall Kennedy for the extraordinary lengths they went to in achieving this remarkable accomplishment and for their profound commitment to sustainable real estate,” said Benjamin Shinewald, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada (BOMA Canada).
"I am so pleased to congratulate Bentall Kennedy and the Eglinton Square property team on the achievement of their Platinum certification. We have outstanding buildings and very talented management teams in Ontario, and this property is a stellar example. We are very proud of this BOMA Toronto member who has showcased a tremendous amount of dedication and an outstanding commitment to sustainability" said Susan Allen, President and Chief Staff Officer, BOMA Toronto.
Since 2012, Eglinton Square’s Management team focused on taking its environmental practices to another level by not only enhancing current practices but by adding new and innovative practices to improve the environmental efficiency of Eglinton Square Shopping Centre. Some highlights of new practices include the addition of a solar powered mobile device charging station, an electric vehicle charging station, hosting a drop-off point for shopper’s electronic waste and through a recent partnership with Reground Organics, recycling the used brewed coffee grounds from its food service retailers and repurposing it into sustainable potting soil.
“This was a major undertaking by the entire Eglinton Square management team, our retailers, our shoppers and our contractors” explains Darren Neely, Marketing Manager, Eglinton Square. “We’re honoured to be the first shopping centre in Canada to receive this updated designation, it is a great-end result from all of our hard work” added Hector Valenzuela, Operations Manager, Eglinton Square.
BOMA BEST® - Building Environmental Standards is Canada’s leading green certification program for existing buildings. BOMA BEST® measures and recognizes superior environmental performance and operations of buildings across Canada. BOMA BEST® is administered by the Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada.