The Hub Hornby is the first and only New Zealand shopping centre to be awarded Toitū Enviromark Gold Certification.
The Certification recognises a commitment to doing business in a sustainable and socially responsible manner with a planned approach to managing environmental impacts.
The Christchurch centre with some 60 retailers is owned by Shopping Centre Investments Ltd, a local syndicate of investors and is managed by Colliers Real Estate Management.
Gerhard Geldenhuys, Colliers Director of Real Estate Management says the Toitū programme administered by Landcare Research provides a fantastic framework for the centre to add value to its community.
“Being administered by Landcare Research ensured that we would be receiving the very best independent advice and information from a credible and respected source.
“Landcare’s process of onsite visits and audits ensured that we are not just paying lip service to environmental goals but are actually making measurable improvements each year.”
Centre Manager, Jason Marsden, says that gaining and maintaining gold level certification requires constant improvement and innovations.
“Resource use and waste minimisation are core to achieving the certification, with an emphasis on accurately measuring and managing environmental aspects and impacts.
“Over our journey we have made significant improvements in diverting waste from landfill to recycling.
“We’ve also facilitated reductions in electricity and water consumption per square metre, as well as actively promoted alternative forms of transport and the reduction in chemical-use onsite.
“Some of the initiatives introduced include installation of EV charging stations, switching to an ionised water based cleaning system and exchanging photocopiers for more efficient models.”
Marsden says that one of the most exciting innovations was the fashion recycling programme in partnership with Dress for Success - second only to his purchase of a plug-in hybrid vehicle, which was counted in the audit process.
“The Dress for Success recycling programme provided an avenue for all fashion retailers onsite to get involved with our recycling efforts and minimise their waste.
“Retailers could either facilitate donations from customers or from their own unsold stock.
“In donating their unused stock, they would receive a charitable donation receipt, as well as save on the shipping and environmental costs of returning product to distributers or manufacturers.
Marsden began working with the centre owner in 2009 to define their environmental goals in response to growing awareness amongst tenants as to the benefits of occupying an environmentally responsible building.
“Many retail businesses were starting or accelerating green initiatives and it made sense to provide a facility that reflected our current and prospective tenants’ goals.
“Part of our work has been to educate and engage our tenants and contractors in these initiatives.
“While we cannot control the individual retailers own supply chains and in store processes, we can provide the resources and facilities to complement their own systems.
“In a monetary sense the extra upfront owner investment for items such as LED lighting results in lower running costs over time, which are reflected in the Centre’s running costs.
“High efficiency air-conditioning and lighting also creates a more comfortable shopping environment and the push to drought resistant native external plantings also creates an authentic New Zealand ambience.
“We believe that our community of customers take pride in their shopping centre leading the industry, and that our initiatives benefit the local community in very tangible ways, such as with the Dress for Success recycling programme.
“Hornby is an area that has a strong industrial history, which continues today. We take pride that we stand shoulder to shoulder with other forward-looking businesses in the area and play our part in championing the environment in a business and community context.“Our goal as Centre Managers is to add value to the brand of The Hub Hornby that goes beyond efficiencies and operational excellence, to provide a desirable and conscious place for retailers to do business and for the community to shop.”