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Morguard Wins Three HOOPP LEAP Awards for Outstanding Sustainability Achievements

Morguard 7/10/2019

Morguard is proud to announce that the company has again been recognized by Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan ("HOOPP") for its leadership in sustainability best practices.

For the sixth consecutive year, Morguard has brought home Leadership in Environmental Advancement Program (“LEAP”) awards, presented this year to New Sudbury Centre in Sudbury, ON; 150 Elgin Street in Ottawa, ON; and 11th Avenue Place in Calgary, AB. These three awards bring Morguard’s total to 17 distinctions across 10 categories since the program’s initiation in 2012.

HOOPP’s recognition highlights Morguard’s continued commitment to the increased efficiency of its properties and the ongoing pursuit of property management excellence, as well as the company’s continuous innovation efforts.

Morguard was recognized for excellence in the following categories:

Sustainable Operator: Innovation Award
New Sudbury Centre, Sudbury, Ontario

The award recognizes the property operations teams’ ability to drive sustainability results through exemplary property management activities. The New Sudbury Centre achieved this with several different initiatives including its 2018 capital program, focusing on parking lot and roof upgrades, achieving BOMA Best GOLD Certification and partnering with likeminded community members through the Community Energy Engagement Partnership and Earth Care Sudbury groups.

The New Sudbury Centre team also assisted the Junction Creek Society in cleanup efforts, enrolled in the city’s commercial organics recycling pilot program, reduced the maintenance department fuel use by 77 per cent in 2018 compared to 2017, and found alternative uses or eliminated products where the centre could not divert waste. The centre also took measures to reduce GHG emissions and improve waste diversion. The property reduced fuel use in its maintenance department by 77% by cutting back on its vehicle usage, enrolled in an organics recycling pilot program and eliminated nearly 20 tonnes of waste from landfills by replacing paper towels with high efficiency hand dryers.

Waste Minimizer: Performance Award
11th Avenue Place, Calgary, Alberta

The award recognizes strong waste performance based on efforts to reduce intensity and the ability to divert waste. 11th Avenue Place in Calgary continued its success by achieving a waste diversion rate of 86 per cent in 2018, changing waste haulers to access better diversion opportunities, creating in-suite waste receptacles for tenant spaces and educating its tenants on maintaining the building’s “LEED” certification.

This property improved waste diversion by unifying their waste management from multiple haulers to one hauler with a strong diversion program, used the results of a waste audit to educate cleaning staff on proper recycling practices and engaged tenants through waste reduction newsletters and delivered a zero-waste event by using compostable dishes and cutlery. 

Tenant Leader: Collaboration Award
150 Elgin Street and tenant Canada Council for the Arts

The award recognizes the partnership between the property and its tenant in improving sustainability performance at Performance Court in Ottawa, a building that is built to LEED Canada-CI (Commercial Interiors) Gold certification through controlled lighting, the implementation of a digital metering system to monitor power consumption, high efficiency lighting, a storm water system and water efficient fixtures.

The Canadian Council for the Arts continues these environmental efforts by diverting paper, containers, batteries, e-waste and compost from landfills, banning the use of plastic water bottles, donating all computers and e-equipment to Computers for School, supporting alternative transportation – only 20 per cent travel alone in personal vehicles. The property maintains an employee “participation” garden and is becoming one of the first local organizations and businesses to become an “EcoDistrict Champion” as part of The Ottawa Centre EcoDistrict, now known as Carbon 613 by Envirocentre.

Morguard has received recognition in the Tenant Leader category for four consecutive years. 150 Elgin Street in Ottawa, New Sudbury Centre in Sudbury and 11th Avenue Place in Calgary received the award in 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively, adding a second trophy to their list of HOOPP LEAP awards in 2019.

Morguard Corporation; Property Management; Real Estate Investment