Yorkdale is committed to sustainability. One of Canada’s first shopping centres to implement a recycling program, since 1994 Yorkdale has continually increased its targets for reducing waste year after year. The shopping centre is equipped with 10 compactors, and all cardboard, paper, bottles, cans and plastics are recycled on site. As well, all retailers are encouraged to participate in the recycling program to ensure Yorkdale not only meets each new target but exceeds it.
In 2012, Yorkdale expanded its Green Program. The shopping centre’s $220-million expansion project includes several new eco-conscious concepts. Dine on 3, for example, features signature, reusable plates, bowls, glasses and cutlery, which reduce waste by 85 percent. Its state-of-art-scullery is designed to compost all organic food waste. Yorkdale’s restrooms are furnished with the latest hands-free faucets and low-flow toilets to conserve water. Topping off the 2012 expansion is a 65,000 square-foot green roof installed to save energy by reducing atmospheric heating.
BICYCLE PARKING STATIONS
Post and ring bicycle stands are located at the entrances of Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, Indigo and Shoppers Drug Mart. Bicycle lockers are located at the entrance of Holt Renfrew and are designed to hold one bicycle each as well as any bicycle gear. To obtain access to a bicycle locker, please visit our security office.
As part of a two-year program, Yorkdale has adopted two hives from urban bee keeping company, Aveole, that will live on the Yorkdale rooftop to support and help grow the bee population. Initially the hives house 5,000 bees each, which will grow to 50,000 by the end of the summer! The bees will travel up to 5 km, contributing to the greening in the Yorkdale neighborhood and local gardens.
Yorkdale’s rooftop solar panel installation is one of the largest in the greater Toronto area, with more than 600 panels and 7 inverters spanning more than a kilometer. The panels produce approximately 234,140 kWh annually per hour, equivalent to the annual energy consumption of 40 residential homes. The energy produced by this installation helps supply the annual energy requirements an average-sized Yorkdale store. The installation has marked Oxford’s first large scale solar project and builds on a decade of leadership firsts for Oxford’s Sustainable Intelligence program.
Elevated Eats is a best-in-class urban garden that provides educational opportunities for area students over the summer months. Elevated Eats, launched by Frank Ferragine (AKA Frankie Flowers) will produce more than 30 varieties of seasonal vegetables and fruits including green beans, swiss chard, cucumbers, eggplant, kale, lettuce, pea shoots, sweet peppers, hot peppers and tomatoes. Herbs such as basil, chives, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, and thyme will also be grown. When it reaches its full capacity, Elevated Eats donates all crops to local food banks.
Yorkdale’s rooftop is covered in over 150,000 square feet of greenery. The living roof helps to save energy by reducing atmospheric heating, mitigating local air pollutant and managing surface water run-off.