An alternative use for shopping malls: beehives
ShopCore Properties is creating a lot of buzz.
The real estate company is installing beehives in 30 of its more than 50 malls across the country, in recognition of Earth Day and to further its sustainability initiatives. Beekeepers are recruited.
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Last year, private company ShopCore piloted an urban beekeeping program installed at two properties in 2021.
“Sustainability is central to our mission, mandate and purpose,” Corinne Rico, director of sustainability at ShopCore Properties, said in a statement on Monday. “From our properties to our communities, putting the environment first is part of how we do business. Installing beehives is an additional layer to our sustainability and environmental goals. Bees play an extremely important role in a thriving ecosystem and the honey they produce is rich in antioxidants. Bees are therefore beneficial not only for the environment but also for your health.
ShopCore will install the hives in 2022 and harvest the honey in the fall. The honey will then be packaged and offered to the communities as a gift. Each hive will have about 50,000 bees and will be maintained by local beekeepers, the company said. ShopCore has partnered with Alvéole, an urban beekeeping company.
The majority of the hives will be located on the top of the roofs of the building, with some on the green spaces of the property, including behind the parking lots.
Rico said each ShopCore property will have its own set of solutions to advance sustainability, and overall the company seeks to partner with tenants to achieve sustainability goals.
ShopCore said its sustainability solutions include energy benchmarking and tracking; green rental practices; reduce energy, water and waste; install renewable energy systems; integrating sustainability into all business decisions and installing electric vehicle charging stations in its parking lots.
ShopCore, a subsidiary of The Blackstone Group, operates more than 50 community, electric and grocery centers, nearly all in outdoor formats, covering approximately 20 million square feet in 19 states. Retail tenants include Walmart, Target, Whole Foods, Ross Stores and Home Goods, among others. Principal properties include One Colorado in Pasadena, California; Downtown Palm Beach Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and The Shops At SkyView Center, an enclosed mall in Flushing, NY
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