The Twenty Ninth Street Mall provides a central shopping and event hub in Boulder for both residents and tourists alike. Opening in 2006 at the site of the old Crossroads Mall, the Twenty Ninth Street mall offers a diverse mix of approximately 80 retail stores and restaurants, in addition to providing office space for a number of Boulder companies.
Macerich manages the Twenty Ninth Street Mall, and from the beginning, has focused on sustainability as a key component to managing the property. Their goal is to create a healthy environment for employees, tenants, and guests and sustain this environment for future generations.
As a reflection of this goal, they have implemented numerous sustainable measures with the plan of reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, energy use, water consumption, and waste generation by 10 percent by 2020 at the Mall. Here are just a few of the measures they have implemented:
- Installed 2,906 solar panels that produce 727kw of power in 2014.
- Currently, partnering with the City of Boulder, Boulder County and Xcel Energy for a Tenant Sustainability Program designed to help advance more efficient, sustainable and cost-effective operations.
- Installed waterless urinals, automatic flush and automatic faucets in restrooms.
- Motion sensor lights used to conserve energy usage.
- Xeriscape landscape to conserve water consumption while maintaining a beautiful shopping environment.
- Easy access to alternative transportation options such as hosting two B-Cycle bike rental stations, providing electric car charging stations, hosting a Zip Car, and offering a Hop bus station.
In addition to these sustainability efforts, Macerich provides single stream recycling and composting service, along with the trash service, for the tenants. They are also now even piloting a special plastic wrap recycling program aimed at keeping this material from the landfill. They have provided these services even before the City of Boulder’s Zero Waste Ordinance began requiring it as it matched their sustainability values. However, providing recycling and compost to a wide range of retail and restaurants on such a large outdoor property is a serious challenge. To help implement these services and address these challenges, Macerich partnered with Sustainable Solutions Group (SSG) to manage the complex logistics of waste diversion from the Mall. SSG has maintained that the key to successful implementation is constant communication and continuous education with the tenants.
Western Disposal has provided the hauling of the trash, recycling and composting for the Mall since its opening and is proud to partner in their diversion efforts. In 2016, the mall composted over 154 tons of material while recycling over 300 tons. This is an incredible accomplishment and Western Disposal applauds their commitment to diversion and to sustainability in general.
According to Macerich, “Twenty Ninth Street is committed to creating long-term value by improving our natural resource efficiency, and operating and developing the center in a sustainable and environmentally sound manner. Our sustainable practices at Twenty Ninth Street align itself with our commitments to our retailers, our partners and the Boulder community. We are fortunate to have great partners like Western Disposal and SSG to help with these efforts.”