- Achieved 0.7% reduction in water use from 2016 levels, bringing our total reduction from 2012 levels to 12%.
- Saved nearly 16 million gallons of potable water via our reclaimed water infrastructure.
- Completed a major turf removal project in Long Beach. Including maintenance savings, the project will reduce costs by $17,504.83.
- In addition, upgraded irrigation controllers, retrofit fountains, installed isolation valves and installed condenser water filters to reduce water use.
- 350 Mission and 333 Brannan use captured rainwater for toilet flushing.
- We increased our recycling diversion percentage is 49%.
- Approximately 42% of our portfolio has composting services.
- We conduct waste audits to investigate and improve our diversion performance
- All of our waste data is benchmarked in the Energy Star Portfolio Manager WasteTracker tool.
- We are participating in the BOMA W2 challenge across 84 assets, which requires us to report our water and waste data to BOMA quarterly.
- 100 First Street, 303 Second Street and 201 Third Street in San Francisco have onsite collection for textile recycling.
- We do in-person tenant recycling and composting trainings throughout our portfolio.
We are proud that our janitors across 40% of our portfolio have gone through the Green Janitor Education Program. The US Green Building Council Los Angeles Chapter (USGBC-LA), Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater Los Angeles (BOMA-GLA), Building Skills Partnership, and the Service Employees International Union created the Green Janitor Education program to provide training on sustainability topics like vampire power, turning off lights, and reporting leaks. We piloted this training in our 800,000 square foot Long Beach campus in 2014, and the program was so popular and successful that we scaled it to our entire eligible Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego portfolios through 2015 and 2016– over 5.1 million square feet, or nearly 40% of our portfolio and 93 total janitors. In 2017, because we had no more staff eligible to enroll in the program, we successfully worked to invite other eligible landlords to enroll their janitors in the program as well.
Janitors who have graduated from this program have reported not only implementing enhanced sustainability practices at work, but also bringing those practices, like making sure to turn off unneeded lights, home as well. We measured success by in-person feedback we received from janitors at their graduation ceremonies, all of which were attended by a member of our sustainability team. These janitors are employed by our janitorial services vendors.
We continue to use the high performance green cleaning program that was verified via the LEED for Existing Buildings Prototype certification process. All cleaning products we use meet the relevant LEED environmental standard, either GreenSeal or the California Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) limit. Our vacuums achieve the Carpet and Rug Institute Seal of Approval, and we use microfiber cloths and rags to capture additional dirt to improve air quality.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
We support the mainstream adoption of electric cars, and are constantly expanding our network of electric vehicle charging stations. As of 2018, we have 167 stations. 2017 EV charging highlights include 1879 unique drivers (2016: 1057 unique drivers), 117.6 tons of CO2 saved (2016: 67.4 tons of CO2 saved), and 31,984 gallons of gasoline saved (2016: 20,146 gallons of gasoline saved).