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Green Drinks Presentation for McWhinney

  1. 1. While talk of increasing McWhinney’s current sustainability practices began in 2004, in 2006, the company commissioned a benchmarking study to research best practices. From this, a desire grew to make sustainability a part of the company culture, and in 2007, McWhinney began working with the Brendle Group and CSU’s Institute for the Built Environment to facilitate a company-wide action plan with a triple bottom line of People, Planet and Profit.
  2. 2. McWhinney has a company-wide office recycling program that works with Waste-Not to recycle paper products, bottles, cans, ink cartridges, batteries and more.
  3. 3. McWhinney stocks their break rooms with reusable glassware and dishes. McWhinney People Services sets up buses or encourages car pooling to all off site company meetings and events. McWhinney People Services has a number of practices and programs that focus on the health and vitality of McWhinney associates as well as the company’s sustainability. Some of those include:
  4. 4. McWhinney also provides up to two hours a month of compensation to associates for time spent during business hours volunteering at nonprofit organizations throughout Northern Colorado. In addition, the McWhinney Foundation allocates yearly grants to these same nonprofit organizations.
  5. 5. Cityscape (Loveland) Empire Management (Loveland) Connell Resources (Ft. Collins) Gregory Electric (Loveland) Northern Engineering (Ft. Collins) Nolte Engineering (Ft. Collins) Valley Crest Landscaping (Loveland) Bath Nursery (Ft. Collins) Earth Engineering Consultants (Windsor) Highway Technologies (Loveland) Boxelder Tree Farms (Wellington) ) GE Construction (Loveland) Colorado Precast Concrete (Loveland) Rocky Mountain Wildlife Services (Windsor) ) Drahota (Ft. Collins) Coulson Excavating Co, Inc. (Loveland) Eagle Industries (Loveland) Pinnacle Consulting (Loveland) Terry’s Stone Masonry, LLC (Loveland) Arkins Park Stone Corp (Loveland) Front Range Reflective (Loveland) JR’s Underground (Windsor) Schmidt Earth Builders (Windsor) BHA Design (Ft. Collins) Concrete Structures (Longmont) DaVinci Sign Systems (Windsor) DTJ Design (Boulder) Flywater (Ft. Collins) FoxHiggins Transportation Group (Boulder) Gardner Signs (Ft. Collins) Hines Irrigation (Ft. Collins) Monolithic Sculpture (Boulder) National Inspection Services (Ft. Collins) One Tribe (Ft. Collins) Reprographics (Ft. Collins) Security Title Guaranty Co. (Ft. Collins) Signs Now (Ft. Collins) Waste-Not (Loveland) McWhinney makes a practice of hiring local consultants and businesses to contribute to a vibrant local economy Noodles (Boulder) Chipotle (Denver) Chik-fil-A (local franchise) Bent Fork (Denver) Chapungu (Loveland) Bentley’s Liquor (Loveland Davidson-Gephardt Chevrolet and Subaru (Loveland) King GMC (Loveland) Cos BMW (Loveland) Ferrero Jeep, Dodge Chrystler (Loveland) Loveland Coffee (Loveland) 5 Star Nail Spa (Loveland) Ten Aveda Salon & Spa Blazin’ Illuminations (Ft. Collins) MCR (PVHS) (Ft. Collins) The Group, Inc. (Northern Colorado) First National Bank (Colorado) Many businesses in Centerra are owned and operated by local individuals and companies
  6. 6. In August 2007 McWhinney planted a tree - Austrian Pine Trees, Crabapples, Hawthorns and Cottonwoods - for each of its 80 associates at the north end of the Chapungu Sculpture Park, a 26-acre art and nature preserve.
  7. 7. McWhinney also provides financial and institutional support for intra-company groups such as the Green Team and the WOW Team, which conducted a 2007 Lifestyle Challenge to improve the activity level and health of associates.
  8. 8. Supporting work-life balance for associates that includes flexible schedules and an additional paid week off during the holidays. McWhinney People Services has a number of practices and programs that focus on the health and vitality of McWhinney associates as well as the company’s sustainability including:
  9. 9. McWhinney’s care and focus on associates well-being was part of what earned the company a spot on the 2007 list of 50 Best Small & Medium Size Companies to Work for in America .
  10. 10. McWhinney Marketing implemented its first zero waste event at the 2006 Business After Hours and since then only hosts zero waste events using compostable utensils, plates, cups and napkins and reusable serving utensils and décor.
  11. 11. The Marketing Team also sends out all press releases, media invites and newsletters via email and distributes media packets on flash drives.
  12. 12. McWhinney associates formed a Green Team earlier this year to encourage and expand the company’s green practices. In the last year, the Green Team has met with every business team within McWhinney to strengthen the understanding of the company’s internal recycling program and held quarterly events to promote sustainability on a larger scale.
  13. 13. Some of quarterly programs & events that Green Team of McWhinney has produced include: <ul><li>promoting and distributing reusable/travel coffee mugs </li></ul><ul><li>promoting and distributing compact fluorescent bulbs </li></ul><ul><li>promoting and distributing reusable grocery bags </li></ul><ul><li>organizing a used clothing drive </li></ul><ul><li>coordinating a yard waste drive for HPEC compost </li></ul><ul><li>promoting Think Before You Print Campaign </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>changing air filters on quarterly basis for better energy efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>using online work orders </li></ul>McWhinney Property Management has implemented a number of green practices over the past 3 years:
  15. 15. <ul><li>using low VOC water-based/latex paints that can be dried with an environmentally-friendly powder </li></ul><ul><li>giving surplus paint to organizations like Habitat for Humanity </li></ul>McWhinney Property Management has implemented a number of green practices over the past 3 years:
  16. 16. <ul><li>Holiday Lighting Program started in 2006 using LED strands </li></ul><ul><ul><li>LED lights are energy efficient saving over 80% in overall energy costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>LED lights also have a lifetime of about 15 – 20 years as opposed to the traditional lights 1 – 2 year lifespan </li></ul></ul></ul>McWhinney Property Management has implemented a number of green practices over the past 3 years:
  17. 17. <ul><li>putting building corridor lights on timers </li></ul><ul><li>using heat sensors in specific office areas </li></ul><ul><li>implementing energy trending software for buildings </li></ul>McWhinney Property Management has implemented a number of green practices over the past 3 years:
  18. 18. <ul><li>reducing weekend and evening HVAC use </li></ul><ul><li>reusing and recycling building materials </li></ul><ul><li>conducting quarterly and biannual preventative maintenance on equipment </li></ul>McWhinney Property Management has implemented a number of green practices over the past 3 years:
  19. 19. <ul><li>working with Kroll Factual Data to convert all three buildings to the City of Loveland’s GreenSwitch program </li></ul><ul><li>conducting building energy audits </li></ul><ul><li>encouraging tenants to install energy efficient appliances/equipment </li></ul><ul><li>reducing landscape irrigation through “weather” stations </li></ul>McWhinney Property Management has implemented a number of green practices over the past 3 years:
  20. 20. <ul><li>installing recirculation pumps for hot water </li></ul><ul><li>using environmentally-friendly ice melt and deicer </li></ul><ul><li>winterizing buildings </li></ul><ul><li>encouraging tenants to utilize blinds to control office temperatures </li></ul>McWhinney Property Management has implem ented a number of green practices over the past 3 years:
  21. 21. <ul><li>contracting with janitorial companies that use green cleaning supplies </li></ul><ul><li>cleaning carpets with environmentally-friendly chemicals </li></ul>McWhinney Property Management has implemented a number of green practices over the past 3 years:
  22. 22. McWhinney IT has implemented a number of green practices over the last 9 months including: <ul><li>have started purchasing green servers that are not only energy efficient but require significantly less cooling </li></ul><ul><li>started testing of new software from EPA that puts monitors in a power-off mode when not being used </li></ul><ul><li>have applied to participate in the EPA’s Million Monitor Drive to get 2 million monitors on this software </li></ul><ul><li>have specific servers hosted in a virtual environment </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>replaced large CRT (cathode ray tube) with energy-efficient, flat panel LCDs </li></ul><ul><li>recycled CRT monitors and all other computer equipment </li></ul><ul><li>replaced older PCs with energy-efficient computers </li></ul><ul><li>purchasing only green PCs from now on that surpass the Energy Star designation for energy efficiency </li></ul>McWhinney IT has implemented a number of green practices over the last 9 months including:
  24. 24. ` McWhinney designed Centerra and Van de Water as pedestrian- oriented communities with walking trails, open space and buffer areas, roundabouts, which do not require traffic lights, and mass transit stops.
  25. 25. Both Centerra and Van de Water communities are landscaped with native and drought-tolerant plants that require less water and less mowing.
  26. 26. <ul><li>Management of all the natural open space areas in Centerra is done by the High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC) to not just preserve existing sensitive areas but to actively create and enhance new habitat. </li></ul><ul><li>HPEC endowment is funded through self-imposed impact fees for commercial and residential development at Centerra </li></ul>
  27. 27. The Centerra Design Guidelines are adding a large section to address the development of detention ponds to ensure they create valuable habitat in addition to their functional drainage role. The HPEC’s role will also include the contractor to build and landscape the detention ponds in Centerra in the future.
  28. 28. McWhinney Infrastructure sustainable practices include: <ul><li>Maximizing use of LED lights for community signs and architectural features (bridges, monuments). </li></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li>Mandatory dark sky policy and maximum allowable foot candles for all development, which reduces waste of energy and protects the wildlife’s feeding and mating habits. </li></ul>McWhinney Infrastructure sustainable practices include:
  30. 30. <ul><li>Requiring that 10-15% of concrete used in infrastructure is Fly Ash from local coal power plants for road sub-base – this eliminates the use of 11-12” section of gravel. </li></ul>McWhinney Infrastructure sustainable practices include: <ul><li>Use local sources and recycled building materials. </li></ul>
  31. 31. <ul><li>Reuse of asphalt for construction roads, staging areas and temporary trails. </li></ul>McWhinney Infrastructure sustainable practices include: <ul><li>Use raw water for grading/earth moving operations - this eliminates the waste of treated City water. </li></ul>
  32. 32. <ul><li>Master planning of regional storm drainage systems and detention ponds to improve water quality and tie into the natural areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Designing and building these drainage systems to create valuable wildlife habitat which will be managed throughout Centerra by the HPEC. </li></ul>McWhinney Infrastructure sustainable practices include:
  33. 33. <ul><li>Maximizing use of geographically appropriate and native plants and turf grasses. </li></ul>McWhinney Infrastructure sustainable practices include:
  34. 34. McWhinney Commercial and Mixed Use Team have implemented a construction waste recycling program in partnership with Drahota and Waste-Not. This program is now mandatory for every building in Centerra and is enforced through the Design Review Committee.
  35. 35. <ul><li>Rangeview Three </li></ul>For Rangeview Three, 102 out of 118 tons of the construction waste, including drywall, asphalt, concrete, metals and other debris, was diverted from the landfill. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating given by the U.S. Green Building Council and is based on several factors. McWhinney has applied for Silver LEED Certification for Rangeview Three, and is expecting the approval of the certification to come by March 2008.
  36. 36. <ul><li>Rangeview Three </li></ul><ul><li>use of locally-produced materials </li></ul><ul><li>providing bicycle storage, showers and changing rooms for employees </li></ul><ul><li>maximizing open space </li></ul><ul><li>reducing light pollution </li></ul><ul><li>adding storm water quality measures </li></ul>For Rangeview Three, McWhinney has focused on:
  37. 37. <ul><li>Rangeview Three </li></ul><ul><li>installing low-water use irrigation and plumbing </li></ul><ul><li>energy performance and refrigerant management throughout the building </li></ul><ul><li>using low-emitting VOC materials </li></ul><ul><li>designing the building for thermal comfort design </li></ul><ul><li>maximizing daylight and views </li></ul>For Rangeview Three, McWhinney has focused on:
  38. 38. McWhinney Accounting & Finance recently transferred payroll and timesheets to an online system, significantly reducing paper usage for this monthly process.
  39. 39. Much of the compost for the newly completed Chapungu Sculpture Park came from construction waste recycled from other Projects within Centerra such as the Medical Center of the Rockies, which is one of only two LEED certified hospitals in the U.S. The four truck loads were delivered by Waste-Not Recycling in June 2007 and mark the start of reusing resources within Centerra.
  40. 40. After more than a year of planning, discussing and meeting with consultants and experts in the field of sustainability, McWhinney in 2007 formally adopted a company-wide Action Plan for Sustainability that sets forth current and future goals for each business team and the company as a whole.
  41. 41. • Continual learning of and searching for higher levels of sustainable practices and building sustainability into the company Culture • Helping to educate, support and influence sustainable practices in Northern Colorado • Move toward paperless or reduced paper systems McWhinney’s Action Plan for Sustainability has several goals including:
  42. 42. <ul><li>• Improve our sustainable efforts through our business partners and suppliers </li></ul><ul><li>Upgrade existing buildings for improved energy performance </li></ul><ul><li>• Pursue energy efficient design in new construction </li></ul>As a part of McWhinney’s Action Plan for Sustainability:
  43. 43. The Lakes will be a Green Built community with HPEC at its core and all houses will require Energy Star. McWhinney’s Neighborhood Development … 
  44. 44. McWhinney is working to irrigate all public landscaping in The Lakes at Centerra community with non-potable water from Houts Reservoir, significantly reducing the amount of fresh water needed for landscaping.
  45. 45. McWhinney is also partnering with the Thompson R2J School District and the HPEC to develop a Green building design, curriculum and culture for a future elementary school located in The Lakes at Centerra.
  46. 46. McWhinney/Centerra supports waste reduction and recycling for new construction and in existing office and restaurant operations and every new building must use construction waste recycling. As a part of McWhinney’s Action Plan for Sustainability:
  47. 47. Centerra and Property Management will develop restaurant food waste and composting program. As a part of McWhinney’s Action Plan for Sustainability:
  48. 48. All future McWhinney buildings will be built to Green Standards. As a part of McWhinney’s Action Plan for Sustainability:
  49. 49. Grand Station at Centerra will be a LEED certified mixed use development. As a part of McWhinney’s Action Plan for Sustainability:
  50. 50. McWhinney has partnered with the dealerships at the Motorplex to place a priority on sustainability (located at the Northernmost section of Centerra on Crossroads & I-25).
  51. 51. The Dealerships at the Motorplex at Centerra have implemented a number of green practices such as:
  52. 52. Work on the Motorplex also included: <ul><li>Balanced earthwork within the gross area </li></ul><ul><li>Subdivision water quality treatment </li></ul><ul><li>Construction Erosion Control </li></ul>
  53. 53.   McWhinney is a member of the Colorado chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council has committed to support the newly formed Northern Colorado chapter. The group is a collaboration of developers, builders, architects, real estate agents, engineers, contractors, designers, and educators that are leading the way in sustainable building practices.
  54. 54. McWhinney helped found the High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC) in 2001 with McStain to: <ul><li>manage 275-acres of lakes, wetlands and open space </li></ul><ul><li>promote stewardship </li></ul><ul><li>educate the community on </li></ul><ul><li>maintaining balance between the </li></ul><ul><li>built and natural environments </li></ul>
  55. 55. HPEC has been hired by Centerra and other land owners including MCR and the High Plains Village HOA to maintain and environmentally manage the natural opens spaces and common areas on their properties. This ensures these open spaces are managed to enhance wildlife habitat and sustain corridor connections to the larger environmentally sensitive areas.
  56. 56. High Plains Environmental Center Mission Statement: HPEC believes in exploring the connections between sustainable living and ecological processes and that understanding the interactions between the natural and built environments inspires stewardship and fosters personal and community wellbeing.
  57. 57. Efforts are ongoing as this is a work in progress. The corporate plan as well as the company’s and business team’s goals will continue to be updated as McWhinney evolves in its quest toward sustainability in People, Planet and Profit.
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