corporate environmental performance


blue teams

Bentall Kennedy strives to practice better business in our corporate operations as well as in the properties we manage.Our Blue Team network spans 12 cities across North America and plays an important role within our offices by recruiting volunteers, implementing initiatives and spreading the sustainability message to all Bentall Kennedy employees.

As a landlord, we are increasingly asking our tenants to work with us to improve environmental performance, and we must lead by example. Tenant engagement around sustainability is a priority for Bentall Kennedy, and we use our own program to guide our own employees’ actions. 

Leading by Example with BOMA BEST Sustainable Workplace Certification 

  • Bentall Kennedy’s Carlson Court office in Etobicoke, ON was among the first in Canada to be certified under BOMA BEST Workplace, a certification standard for office tenants.
  • Last year we broke new ground again, certifying our offices in San Francisco, Bethesda, Boston, Seattle and Chicago--the first five BOMA BEST certified workplaces in the U.S. 

measuring our performance

Our corporate carbon footprint (the greenhouse gas emissions associated with our corporate operations, including our corporate and regional offices, employee commuting and business travel) has been the primary metric we use to measure our performance. We maintained our commitment to carbon neutrality for our corporate operations through renewable energy credits (RECs) and carbon offsets. In 2016, we completely offset our corporate GHG emissions from electricity with the purchase of RECs, and natural gas, employee travel and commuting with the purchase of carbon offsets. We purchase Green-e or EcoLogo certified renewable energy credits which ensure that new green power is added to the electricity grid. We also purchased carbon emission offsets through Renewable Choice Energy.

The GHG emissions are calculated using several data sources. Energy use is based on energy consumption in corporate offices, which is based on proportional share of a building's energy use where that data is available. Otherwise, a standard energy use factor is applied. In previous years, emissions from business travel were based on employees' travel expenses, and commuting data was a result of an employee survey. For 2016, estimates were made based on previous years’ data and a 10% buffer was built in.

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CollapseGHG emissions from corporate operations (tCO2e)


Source 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Electricity (mixed sources) 664 700 770 650 733
Natural Gas 255 331 217 208 263
Steam 1 1 1 1 3
Business Travel (auto) 120 132 142 147 148
Business Travel (air) 621 714 708 783 862
Employee Commuting 649 716 769 794 802
(RECs) (681) (700) (770) (650) (733)
Total Gross Emissions 1,628 1,894 1,837 1,932 2,078
(Carbon Offsets) (1,894) (1,837) (1,932) (2,078)
Total Net Emissions 0 0 0 0

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