|LED lit mall entrance sign|
|The tour group|
Photo courtesy of Ei Chair Scott Seydel
|Louis @ recycling compactor|
|Randy @ Starbucks bin|
Louie Herrera of Hilex Poly was on the tour to learn about the tenant plastic film generated from garment packaging at the mall. Hilex Poly and Simon are in the formation stage of a plastic film recycling pilot at Concord Mills in Charlotte. The ZWA Blog post, 2011 Planning = 2012 ACTION, gives an overview of several Charlotte pilots in development.
Restrooms are a behind-the-scenes haven for energy & waste initiatives, ranging from water to paper to energy reduction opportunities. The recently renovated mall restrooms are complete with paper towel reducing hand dryers, water-saving faucets and toilets and energy-efficient lighting. For those die-hard consumers committed to paper towels, the towel dispenser is in easy view yet at the back end of the restroom facility.
Gurnee Mills green initiatives are throughout the sustainability gamut. Over 3,000 light fixtures were replaced with energy-efficient bulbs and mall entrance signs were converted to LED lights. A new electric vehicle charging station was installed in the parking area. Along with recycling all construction material related to renovations, the mall uses a panel construction barrier system that eliminates the use of sheet rock to conceal tenant improvements.
|Kirk showing the "cool" LED lights|
Success stories like Gurnee Mills require the partnership of strong corporate policy supported by passionate, committed on-site managers like Randy and Kirk, Gurnee Mills provides the foundation for Matt to develop a template for nationwide implementation. It is thrilling to witness the nation's largest mall owner take the sustainability helm. Stay tuned for tales from the exciting journey!