Sustainability News

Where you can’t be healthy, make sustainable choices for our rain forests this Halloween:  We know avoiding candy intake this time of year can be particularly difficult, especially with Halloween around the corner. While the healthier option is to limit your consumption altogether, where options like nuts, seeds and berries aren’t likely to prevail we recommend you consider more sustainable options for your trick-or-treaters. Palm oil – present in a staggering amount of processed foods on supermarket shelves – represents a major challenge and cause of global deforestation. Use this helpful guide from the Toronto Zoo to identify common, brand-name treats that have committed to using certified sustainably palm oil.

Surprising Facts:

  • Palm oil plantations are the leading cause of rainforest destruction in Malaysia and Indonesia, where the majority of the world’s palm oil is produced, further compromising our capacity to fight climate change while also destroying valuable habitat for species like the orangutan, tiger, and hornbill.
  • 11 million Canadians live with diabetes and pre-diabetes, and 90% of diabetics have Type 2 diabetes – a disease that can often be managed through healthy eating (including limiting refined sugar intake) and physical activity.

Join us for 2019 Bike Month Activities!

In celebration of Bike Month, we have treats and activities planned for the /SFC cycling community. To learn more, click HERE or visit: southcore.ca/BikeMonth.

Thank you for Joining our Earth Week Celebration!

/SFC was pleased to invite the community to view The Global Plate: An Exploration, a large educational and engaging installation that highlights some of today’s food consumption challenges. From April 22-26, visitors were invited to learn about sustainable food choices and had the opportunity to enter to win great prizes. To view photos of the exhibit and see a list of winners, click  HERE or visit: southcore.ca/EarthWeek.

/SFC Observes Earth Hour

We were pleased to join thousands around the world on Saturday, March 30 to observe Earth Hour and the call for Climate Change Action.  To learn more, click here or visit: southcore.ca/EarthHour

2019 Wellness Seminars

As part of /SFC’s commitment to promoting wellness in the workplace and at home, we are pleased to bring back our popular quarterly Wellness Seminar Series.

To learn more, click here

Thank You for Celebrating National Sweater Day!

Now an annual tradition, /SFC will be observing National Sweater Day and we invite the building community to join! Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Sweater Day on February 7, 2019. To learn about the winning group shots visit: southcore.ca/sweaterday or click HERE.

 


2018 News Headlines

Q4’s Sustainability Newsletter is Here!

Check out our fourth quarter’s comic-style newsletter linked with our monthly poster themes of e-waste for October, LED lights for November and Community Giving for December. To read the newsletter and discover the Sustainability Squad, click here or visit southcore.ca/sustainability-squad 

Waste Reduction Week – a Success!

Thank you to the /SFC community for coming to see the ReThink Waste: reALIZE rePURPOSE reSPOND installation. The week-long exhibit located in the PATH was accompanied with an online quiz. Stay tuned for a list of draw winners!

Thank you to everyone who dropped off their used clothing and household textiles as part of The Recycling Collection Drive, benefiting Diabetes Canada.  The total amount of textiles diverted will be reported shortly.

Download our reTHINK Waste booklet and learn more about our Waste Reduction Week initiatives HERE

/SFC Among First to Earn ENERGY STAR® Certification

Along with twenty-six other QuadReal properties, /SFC is among the first buildings in Canada to certify with ENERGY STAR®, which represents proven, verified energy performance over a 12-month period. In fact, ENERGY STAR® certified buildings perform in the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide! ENERGY STAR® certification is delivered by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

/SFC’s Bremner Tower is Fitwel Certified

As part of a QuadReal’s commitment to wellness in the workplace, /SFC’s Bremner Tower earned Fitwel certification from the Ce

nter for Active Design (CfAD) in association with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fitwel is a building rating system for commercial interiors and both multi-tenant and single-tenant existing buildings that provides guidelines on how to design and operate healthier buildings.

Tenants interested in pursuing Fitwel or WELL certification for their premises can contact Meirav Even-Har, Sustainability Manager at: [email protected]

/SFC Welcomes Five Bee Hives!

Learn about our three-year commitment to host honey bees on the third floor terrace of the Bremner Tower. Helping urban pollinators thrives helps make /SFC contribute to the natural environment in support of a healthy and sustainable Toronto. Learn more HERE or visit southcore.ca/beehives.

Introducing the Sustainability Squad

QuadReal is pleased to present the Sustainability Squad as part of our corporate sustainability engagement program using fictional characters. Read the first newsletter and learn more about our 2018 theme, by clicking Here or visit: southcore.ca/sustainability-squad.