At Epic, sustainability is integral to the way we do business. That’s because we believe a commitment to sustainability is good for the environment, good for our communities and good for our business. Starting with a baseline of regulatory compliance and working to minimize our environmental impact, we use our sustainability strategies and programs to add long-term value to the properties we manage and enhance long-term investment performance for our clients.
In addition, we support our clients in achieving their sustainability and business goals and across all of our operations we strive to demonstrate leadership in sustainability.
Epic’s SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM
Our commitment to sustainability is put into action through our strategy. Our strategy includes a governance and accountability structure, core economic, environmental and social priorities based on a materiality analysis, key performance indicators, action plans, targets and commitments, monitoring and reporting and a stakeholder engagement framework.
Guided by the strategy, we set ambitious but achievable goals and work continually to improve the sustainability of our existing properties and to incorporate the principles of sustainability into every aspect of our operation.
Epic is a proud member of the Canada Green Building Council.
EPIC’S STrategic focus areas:
Green Certifications – Epic has a proud history of leading in Green Certifications. In fact, we were in the Canadian Green Building Council’s pilot program for LEED – Existing Building certification and LEED Performance Pathway. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the internationally recognized green building rating system.
We also work to achieve BOMA Best Certification which recognizes excellence in energy and environmental management and performance in commercial real estate.
Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Epic is reducing the total energy used in our buildings by increasing operating efficiencies through investments in projects such as LED lighting retrofits and new high-efficiency boiler and chiller replacements that reduce our carbon footprint and operating cost.
Water Conservation – We are reducing the amount of water used in our buildings by installing low-flow toilets and urinals, faucets, by converting to drought-resistant plants, and by installing water control management systems on our cooling towers and irrigation systems.
Waste Management and Recycling – We conduct annual waste audits and review our recycling procedures in order to maximize our waste diversion rate, with the goal of reducing the amount of waste generated from our buildings. To date, we are typically achieving diversion rates of 75–80%.
Environmental Reviews and Procurement – By conducting environmental reviews of our buildings and by procuring sustainable products, such as green cleaning supplies, we are reducing our environmental impact while remaining compliant with government regulations.
Green Leasing – We provide all tenants with the ability to include sustainability as part of the leasing contract. This enables us to work more closely with tenants to improve sustainability outcomes at our properties.
Tenant and Stakeholder Engagement – We are committed to sharing information with tenants about sustainability best practices and our ongoing Sustainability Initiatives. Our goal is to raise awareness and to build a foundation that will enable us to work with tenants and stakeholders towards a more sustainable future.
Three Reminders About Office Waste Management – November 2018