Morguard is proud to have partnered with the 53rd Division of the Toronto Police Service and other community partners, on Project BREEZY, a bicycle donation and repair workshop. The project, which took place at our East York Town Centre in mid-July, saw numerous donations and a free walk-in bicycle repair workshop. The workshop was provided to inspire the community and encourage safe cycling as a way to increase physical and mental health during the pandemic. In total, 202 bicycles were collected, and 185 bicycles were donated to residents of the Thorncliffe Park Community.
For the ninth consecutive year, Morguard has been recognized at the ICSC (Innovative Commerce Serving Communities) Global Awards, recognizing marketing, design, development, and retail store design creativity by the world’s best companies and outstanding shopping centre professionals. Morguard was honoured with 6 Gold and 11 Silver awards in the Visual Victories Awards Program. “We’re thrilled to receive this recognition for the best-in-class retail experience provided at our centres,” said Ed Lincz, Vice President, Retail Property Management, Morguard.
Morguard is proud to announce that our pitch was the project chosen for the 2021 LEAP Forward award. The award provides the winner with funding for innovative projects that do not meet “traditional” short-term return criteria, but show potential to improve sustainability performance, long-term financial returns and are replicable. The pitch was for funding to install Smart Valves at Intercity Shopping Centre, New Sudbury Centre and Northgate Shopping Centre, aiming to reduce water usage and increase savings by 10-25 per cent.
Morguard is happy to announce that Heritage Place in Ottawa has won the Tenant Collaboration Award at the 2021 HOOPP LEAP Awards. This award recognizes Morguard’s excellence in collaborating with tenants to improve property energy and greenhouse gas performance at Heritage Place, an office building in Ottawa’s downtown core. This is the fifth year Morguard has won an award in the Tenant Leader category. The property joins 150 Elgin Street in Ottawa, New Sudbury Centre in Sudbury and 11th Avenue Place in Calgary, which received awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively.
Sevenoaks Shopping Centre in Abbottsford, BC, is our most recent property to add a rooftop beehive. Bees play a crucial role in our ecosystem as one third of what we eat relies on pollination, yet bees are on the decline worldwide due to climate change, loss of habitat, toxic pesticides, among others. “As the Fraser Valley is considered a top producer of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and berries in British Columbia, we are contributing to sustainability and pollination right here in the Valley,” states Kristal Hambly, General Manager of Sevenoaks.
Morguard is proud to announce that the Coquitlam Centre has earned BOMA BEST Platinum Certification for its environmental leadership. This achievement is in recognition of the shopping centre’s excellence in energy and environmental management. Platinum certification is awarded to buildings that have met the BOMA BEST Practices. Throughout the certification process in 2020, the Coquitlam Centre, which is celebrating its forty-second year in August, had to overcome several challenges due to the age of the building while implementing the updates.
Morguard continues to innovate to support women. Longstanding and new initiatives to empower and celebrate women’s achievements remained crucial during the pandemic. Over the years, International Women’s Day has continued to be a milestone at Morguard. In each celebration, we challenge stereotypes, fight bias and broaden perceptions about the role women play in society while celebrating their social, economic, cultural and political achievements.
This year for Earth Day, Morguard made a donation of 50 trees through the organization A Living Tribute. The trees will be planted in the province of Ontario as part of the Sudbury Mining Reforestation. This donation was not only in recognition of Earth Day, but in support of our Sustainable Morguard objectives for 2021. Supporting our communities through localized philanthropy is one of our primary goals this year.
Recent renovations to 1643 Josephine, a residential property located in the Garden District in New Orleans, Louisiana, were done to modernize the building and improve the space for the community with sustainability as a top priority. Part of the plan included donating the old appliances to charity. Appliances were given to the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit helping build and improve homes for those in need, as well as The Green Project, which educates and promotes a culture of creative reuse through affordable materials.
Morguard understands the importance of protecting bees. One third of what we eat relies on the pollination of bees. In our ongoing commitment to sustainability, we partnered with Alvéole, a company that focuses on how beekeeping can be a simple, people-focused initiative to help build ecological awareness through urban beekeeping and workshops with businesses and schools.