Building a Future that Lasts
Building a Future that Lasts
Stewardship speaks to who we are and who we want to be
For us, sustainability is more than best practices. Sure, green roofs, rapidly renewable materials and recycling are all important, but these are now just the currency of our world. We do them because they’re the right thing to do.
At EDENS, we take our mission to enrich communities very seriously, and so we try to think bigger about who we are as a company, as professionals and as citizens. We believe in stewardship, which is about managing our resources and investing in the well-being of our people; about curating our assets and properties so they bring value to—they enrich—their communities; and about being vigilant and receptive to new ways of doing things.
As a leader in real estate development and ownership, EDENS oversees the ebb and flow of significant resources each day. We’ve always focused on building both a business and a community that lasts for future generations. Indeed, we believe communities thrive when people connect with one another. Economies expand, businesses prosper, education flourishes and our cultural infrastructure grows stronger and more efficient. This is what fosters civic pride. And this is what advances us as a people.
Simply put, a strong enriched community is a sustainable community. It benefits the individual, the neighborhood as well as the greater society. People of all ages who feel a sense of belonging tend to lead happier and healthier lives, and strong communities create a more stable, supportive and successful society.
Yes, we have to get those best practices right—like materials and systems, walkability, access to mass transit and cultural amenities like open space and parks. But we also have to see the larger context and the role social accountancy plays.
We are always evolving. We know that what we build today is actually about tomorrow. It’s our responsibility and our privilege to lead the way.
While we always have the big picture in sight, we continue to focus on making a measurable, positive impact on the lives and well-being of our employees, our retailers and partners. A few recent efforts worth noting:
For Earth Day 2014, our Lose Your Memory campaign, in association with the Salvation Army, collected old computers and electronics (along with clothing and old furniture) at 13 centers. In a single day, we collected more than 28,000 pounds of electronics, enough to power the electricity of 20 homes, and approximately 30,000 pounds of clothing and furniture. The funds generated from the re-sale/recycling of these items will be used to accommodate 130 homeless families for five nights of emergency shelter.
- Approximately 15% of our professional staff is LEED-accredited employees and has received more than 500 hours of LEED education;
- We have retrofit over 900 fixtures throughout our portfolio with energy-efficient devices such as sensors;
- We have saved over 11.4 million kWh of electricity over five years;
- 53 of our centers are now equipped with propane-powered mowers; and
- 48 of our centers use organic or natural lawn care products.
While we are proud of these accomplishments, we also know that we have to do more to properly develop and utilize our resources to ensure that our world and our business are sustained for future generations.
Sustainable Practices Guide (3.71 Mb, PDF)