Bentall LP launches ForeverGreen purchasing program
TORONTO — More than 10,000 suppliers and 600 commercial real estate properties in North America will be involved in a new Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) initiative. To help further reduce the environmental impact of the buildings they manage, Bentall announced today its ForeverGreen Purchasing program.
EPP, according to Bentall, is the sourcing and procurement of products and services that meet conventional technical performance standards while minimizing environmental impact. The development of ForeverGreen Purchasing, a formal EPP program, is aimed at reinforcing Bentall’s commitment to strategically develop and continually improve environmental best practices with regard to their managed properties and the impact they have on the communities in which they do business. Created in collaboration with Five Winds International, the program aims to leverage the scale of Bentall’s purchasing power to encourage and influence markets for more environmentally preferable products and services.
"Comprised in part of a series of guidance documents specifically designed for the property management industry, Bentall’s EPP program helps staff avoid ‘paralysis by analysis’ when buying green," says Giselle Gagnon, Vice President, National Real Estate Services at Bentall. "An increasing number of suppliers are promoting green offerings and EPP arms our property teams with innovative tools to help them in the buying process".
Embedded in Bentall’s EPP is ‘life cycle thinking’. This approach involves consideration of a product from resource extraction, through manufacturing, transport, use and disposal.
"ForeverGreen Purchasing raises the bar and contributes to our culture of conservation and sustainability", says Cheryl Gray, Senior Vice President, National Real Estate Services.
For more information about Bentall and its programs, visit www.bentall.com.