Jacksonville, Fla.-based Regency Centers has formed a green-building initiative task force to study the company’s emphasis on sustainability, immediate and long-term business goals and objectives, and communications strategies and methods. Regency has joined the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) for support in its task-force efforts.… Simon Property Group, Indianapolis, and White Plains, N.Y.-based Con-Edison Solutions have partnered to expand Simon’s mall-based energy-efficiency program, which will include improvements in lighting and HVAC.
A life-style/mixed-use marketplace called The High Streets, located near Seattle, will seek LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver certification. Developed by Minneapolis-based The Opus Group ,the Main Street project is slated for a spring 2009 completion.… Pat Lobb Toyota of McKinney, Texas, is the first LEED-certified car dealership in the country and, according to the company, it will incorporate sustainable practices into all U.S. Toyota dealerships. The McKinney dealership was designed by San Francisco-based Gensler and includes such innovations as rain-water and air-conditioning condensate harvesting and a recycled car-wash system.… KTGY Group of Irvine, Calif., has been selected by Regency Centers to drive the LEED certification of Jefferson Square grocery and drug store-anchored center in La Quinta, Calif.
Alton Square Mall in Alton, Ill., hosted a green fuel-efficient car show in September. The Addison, Texas-based Coyote Management mall also featured information booths to discuss fuel efficiency.… Los Angeles-based BH Properties served as the official green sponsor of the CB Richard Ellis world conference, Sept. 5-7, in Toronto. The event featured former U.S. VP Al Gore as the keynote speaker.