Honouring Canada’s greenest developers, consultants

They’re green, they’re clean – and now they’re winners.

A number of developers and industry consultants showed up on Canada’s Clean50 list for 2014 prepared by the Delta Management Group, a Toronto-based boutique executive search firm.

The list includes Barbara Ciesla of Jones Lang LaSalle Real Estate Services; Neil Pegram of Morguard; Jamie James of Tower Labs and Greg Nevison of Tridel. All are honoured under the category of Buildings: Design, Real Estate Development.

The property developers and owners selected as Canada’s Clean50 Top 15 Projects list include First Capital Realty; Oxford Properties and Zerofootprint; the Real Property Association of Canada; and the Telus Rimouski Internet Data Centre (shown in image below).

elus Rimouski Data CentreCanada’s Clean50 celebrates outstanding sustainability achievements across 16 categories.  It puts a face to sustainability be selecting 50 individuals or small teams from about 500 nominations. 

Gavin Pitchford, founder of the awards and chief talent officer at Delta Management Group, said they found dozens of great stories across the country.

“At a time when some organizations are greenwashing or falling behind in sustainability efforts, it’s important to recognize the many remarkable leaders across Canada who are making progress and making a difference,” Pitchford said in a release.

Award-winning program

Barbara Ciesla, a senior vice-president, Occupier Strategies and Solutions, at Jones Lang LaSalle, received her citation for developing an award-winning program to turn a downtown Toronto office complex into a leader for environmental stewardship.

A tenant engagement program Ciesla introduced at the TD Centre saw 90 tenant organizations and more than 21,000 occupants work together to reduce energy and waste and to boost recycling.

“Not only did she create one of the best tenant engagement strategies in the country, but (she) also helped tenants integrate sustainability into their operations,” read the Clean50 citation.

Morguard sets the standard

Neil Pegram, corporate sustainability and responsibility manager at Morguard, led the development of a sustainability strategy – including six long-term company-wide objectives with each tied to either a key stakeholder or a business area.

The Clean50 citation noted that a handful of companies globally have set 25-plus year sustainability objectives and that even fewer have tied them to a “rigorous definition of a sustainable society” as Morguard has done.

Jamie James, president and founder of Tower Labs @ Mars, and Greg Nevison, senior vice-president of Tridel, collaborated to demonstrate how a laboratory environment to help small companies innovate can create viable solutions.  James established Tower Labs and Nevison engaged developers in using innovations from the lab to prove buildings’ viability.

The collaboration resulted in a significant reduction in energy use and a new way of ventilating condominium towers using in-suite energy recovery systems. Together, the pair has helped to make Tridel as a leader in green building, with 30 LEED buildings either completed or under construction.

Among the honourees in the Clean50 Top 15 projects are Oxford Properties and Zerofootprint who gained entry for working to give their tenants real-time feedback about their energy consumption using Zerofootprints Velo technology.

REALPac made the list for its innovative energy bench-marking program. The Clean50 citation said REALpac  jump started the commercial real estate industry in energy-efficiency benchmarking activities before other programs were available in Canada and acted as a transformational tool for the market.

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