Environment

  • Brookfield’s Creative Binder Recycling Project

    By Aydan Aslan on April 24, 2017
    When a tenant moved out, the vacated office was left with a large quantity of binders that the Brookfield team could not find homes for.  Rather than throwing them directly into the garbage, The Brookfield team decided to create a team building opportunity for staff to recycle 500 binders! Prior to the event, some of the maintenance and operations staff […]
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  • Food & Yard Waste Bylaw Changes for Businesses & Organizations

    By Aydan Aslan on April 10, 2017
    By the end of this year, no matter where you live or work, Calgarians will have new ways to keep food and yard waste out of the landfills – through the residential Green Cart program and new bylaw requirements for multi-family complexes and businesses and organizations (including commercial buildings). Effective November 1, 2017, the Waste and Recycling Bylaw will require […]
  • February 2017 – Alberta Utility Market Updates

    By Aydan Aslan on February 22, 2017
    This article is an update to EPL’s original publication from April 21, 2016 on Alberta’s carbon levy, found here. Since last year, the Alberta government has implemented the carbon tax, the provincial Climate Leadership Plan, and changes to the power market. Calgary’s Energy Profiles Limited (EPL) prepared this update to clarify real and potential impacts to your building utility costs. […]
  • Taking Home the EARTH Award

    By Aydan Aslan on August 26, 2016
    Managed by Equium Group, 639 5th Avenue was the recipient of the 2016 EARTH Award, the most rigorous of the awards standards which recognizes buildings that excel in environmentally sound management and resource preservation, and includes occupational health and safety criteria. We interviewed Jonathan Lachance, General Manager of Equium Group, about his experi­ence with the BOMA Awards program. BOMA (B): […]
  • Alberta’s Carbon Tax: Certainty, Served With a Side of Uncertainty

    By Aydan Aslan on April 21, 2016
    On November 22, 2015, the Alberta government announced plans for an expanded carbon-pricing scheme – labelled by pundits as a carbon tax. In the April 14, 2016 release of the provincial budget (Budget 2016), further information on the carbon tax was revealed. Calgary’s Energy Profiles Limited (EPL) prepared this summary to help you understand the impact this could have on […]
  • Building Operators & Recycling Lightbulbs

    By Aydan Aslan on April 20, 2016
    In Alberta, unlike in BC and Ontario, recycling lightbulbs is not part of our province’s legislation. This is an issue, as bulbs, especially the type used in large commercial buildings (referred to as lamps in this post), contain a large amount of mercury. For each case of lamps, there is enough mercury to make an Olympic sized swimming pool toxic […]
  • Earth Day Recycling Right Tips

    By Aydan Aslan on April 12, 2016
    In honor of Earth Day on April 22, Waste Management encourages businesses to make the biggest impact by getting back to the basics of good recycling. By visiting RecycleOftenRecycleRight.com, individuals can learn how three simple steps will contribute to a greener Earth and make a promise to be a better recycler. By making a commitment to recycle the right way […]
  • Event Recap: City of Calgary Waste & Recycling Bylaw Workshop

    By Aydan Aslan on January 29, 2016
    On January 27, BOMA Calgary hosted a session at the Centennial Place, about changes coming to the Waste and Recycling Bylaw, which will affect owners and managers of commercial buildings. The morning included; Noreen Music from Oxford Properties speaking about Centennial Place’s waste reduction and diversion initiatives & Lauren Minuk from The City of Calgary speaking about bylaw changes. A […]
  • Event Recap: BOMA Organics Panel

    By Aydan Aslan on July 13, 2015
    Our landfills are shrinking, which means tighter restrictions are coming in the near future that will mandate what we can dispose of and how, in particular organic waste that can be disposed of in better ways. On June 10th, BOMA Calgary had an Organics Panel meeting where we learned how some of the forward thinking leaders such as Noreen Music, […]
  • Top 7 Strategies for “Greening” Cities This Earth Day

    By Aydan Aslan on April 21, 2015
    The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International has issued its “Top 7 Strategies” for commercial real estate professionals to help make cities green. BOMA has committed to helping its members and the industry as a whole improve energy management and sustainability practices. A key part of the effort is working with local and city officials, tenants and other groups […]