We know that our customers want to work in green buildings, and it is important for Oxford to partner with them on sustainability initiatives. Our sustainability engagement program is focused on creating dialogue with valued customers in different ways at different levels, whether they are customer sustainability champions, building occupants or members of the general public visiting a building. The program includes customer green teams, lobby events, building tours, in-suite tenant campaigns, floor-by-floor competitions, and dynamic digital screens in our lobbies displaying real-time energy performance, sustainability tips and actions to take back to work.
Our program engaged over 90,000 customers in 2016. Successes include:
- Joint landlord-tenant green teams at each of our directly managed office complexes in Canada and the US, covering 44 buildings in total
- Over 5,000 kilograms of e-waste collected and diverted from landfill
- $300,000 in annual savings from adjusting lighting schedules (efforts since 2013 across portfolio)
- More than $2.2 million in energy savings with our largest customer, RBC (Team Excellence Race to Reduce Award, 2011–2014)
What is a green team?
Green teams bring together Oxford and customer (tenant) representatives to jointly define a building’s sustainability goals, implement best practices, and facilitate dialogue and learning among all parties. Our joint landlord-tenant green teams meet throughout the year to discuss topics such as waste reduction, workspace plug-load efficiencies, lighting optimization, indoor environmental quality, comfort and wellness. These teams better align Oxford with the objectives of our customers and, in turn, provide our customers with a program that aligns with their sustainability priorities.