Shopping Centers Today International

DEC 2015

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annually to a local paper mill, helping subsidize the mall's recycling programs. Developers and waste-processing experts from around the world travel to Mall of America to study its recycling programs, which penalize nonparticipating tenants with steadily increasing disposal fees. It is clear that the retail industry, which has for the past decade focused largely on the energy- and water-sav- ing side of sustainability, is turning its sights to waste management and land- fill diversion. At Ancar Ivanhoe's Eldorado shop- ping center, in São Paulo, Brazil, organic food-court waste never makes it out of the facility — at least, not directly. Compost from the 900 pounds of waste produced daily from the 10,000 meals served there is used to grow vegetables on the rooftop garden, after it is mixed with enzymes to eliminate bacteria. Mall employees tend to the pesticide-free produce, which in- cludes lettuce, tomatoes, onions, peppers, eggplant and basil, then harvest it for free personal use or for donation to local char- ities. The program has been expanded to two malls in Rio de Janeiro. "The market is beginning to see some important shifts in what's pos- sible in waste treatment," said Will Teichman, director of sustainability at Kimco Realty Corp. But this is a chal- lenge, he says, because waste reduction is not nearly as cut-and-dried an affair as other green practices. "Waste is a much more complicated issue than energy consumption, because it is a localized issue," said Teichman. Recycling efforts are sometimes limited by the number of programs cities offer, the capabilities of haulers and the available materials-pro- cessing infrastructure in a given commu- nity, Teichman says. "Many malls were built prior to the emergence of wide- spread waste separation and diversion practices, and, as a result, have physical constraints that must be overcome." The industry's aggressive recruit- ing of new food businesses to fill retail space, driven in part by increasing Mil- lennial generation demand for novel dining experiences, is yielding sig- nificantly more food waste than ever, while at the same time prompting solu- tions for it, says Ethan Bond, strategic 96 S C T / D e c e m b e r 2 0 1 5 The industry's aggressive recruitment of new food businesses is yielding significantly more food waste than ever, while also prompting solutions. OPENING FALL 2017! Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss FREEDOM CROSSING AT FORT BRAGG In†roducing F A Y E T T E V I L L E , N C First dine-in movie theater in the Fayetteville market Restaurant spaces with abundant outdoor seating wrapping a lush village square common area Outdoor complex that will serve as Fort Bragg's new town center Access to more than 263,000 active & retired military personnel/families Second project in the Freedom Crossing portfolio - following Fort Bliss Visit Dan Frey - 512.682.5507 Michele Gary - 512.682.5593 Adam Zimel - 512.682.5548

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