ICSC: International Council of Shopping Centers

Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship

ICSC is committed to conducting its business in ways that minimize its impact on the environment through a variety of initiatives.  Additionally, ICSC is committed to aiding retailers, developers, property operations, architects, construction professionals and others in their goal to develop, design and operate their retail property in the most efficient and environmentally responsible manner so as to preserve resources for future generations to enjoy all around the world. Among the current initiatives and information that ICSC members can access are:

ICSC Property Efficiency Scorecard

ICSC is developing an online sustainability benchmarking system uniquely tailored for the retail real estate industry, allowing shopping center owners to compare existing building performance data against their peers using a standard set of metrics.

Assessing building performance has been a challenge for shopping center companies because of the wide variety in tenant spaces and common areas, along with the fact that tenants, not owners, control much of the building operations. The Scorecard acknowledges these circumstances, enabling shopping center owners to understand how their portfolio performs compared to an industry standard and help them improve performance to capture cost savings.

The Scorecard is currently being developed and piloted by a steering committee of sustainability executives from 22 ICSC member companies. To learn more, visit the Scorecard website or see the article in the July 2013 issue of Shopping Centers Today (SCT).

Pilot project participants include:

The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited
Equity One, Inc.
Inland American Retail Management, LLC
Kemper Development Company
Kimco Realty Corp.
Oxford Properties
Primaris Management, Inc.
Vornado Realty Trust
Ivanhoé Cambridge

RetailGreen SIGs

Regardless of your company's size or role in the industry, there’s a sustainability strategy out there for you. Attend an ICSC Sustainability SIG at an upcoming ICSC meeting to find out what retailers, developers and owners large and small are doing to save money and comply with the latest building codes and energy disclosure laws….all while keeping shareholders and shoppers happy. Get practical advice you can implement right away, whether you need to launch a sustainability program or find multi-million dollar savings across a portfolio through energy efficiency strategies and technology. These SIGs are ideal for retailers, landlords, and suppliers.

The following events will have RetailGreen SIGs:

Sustainability Events

Green Zone at RECon Las Vegas 2014
RECon attendees know that sustainability not only reduces the drain on urban infrastructure but improves the efficiency with which they operate their stores and shopping centers. That’s why each year they flock to ICSC’s Green Zone to find ways to be more “green” while saving some “green” in the process! If your company provides a product or service that can help shopping center professionals be more environmentally friendly and positively impact their business, then you should exhibit in the Green Zone section of the Marketplace Mall @ RECon Las Vegas.

RECon Academy: The New Green Lease Paradigm for Tenants and Landlords
Monday, May 19, 2013 – 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Las Vegas, Nevada
This session will provide an overview of the new paradigm of “green leases” and will use the new ICSC Green Study Lease as a template for how landlords and tenants can collaborate to create resource efficient, healthy and comfortable buildings with financial underpinnings that work for both the landlord and the tenant.

RECon Academy: Retail Real Estate Benchmarking Strategies that Promote Sustainability and Improve NOI
Tuesday, May 20, 2013 – 10:30 – 12 noon
Las Vegas, Nevada
This 90-minute session will explore why benchmarking for sustainability is important (in some locations, required!), how to start and what tools and resources are available to streamline your benchmarking project.

Webinar: Green Cooperation
May 7, 2014
OnlineOur panel of experts discusses how retailers and shopping center owners are working together to save money and the environment.  You can watch this recording at your convenience if you are unable to attend the live presentation.

2013 RetailGreen Conference Videos

Sustainability Publications

Green Tactics: From Retailers and Shopping Centers
by Rudolph E. Milian, SCMD, SCSM
Retail real estate is optimizing building systems and helping the environment, and this book depicts illustrative examples of best practices from ICSC's RECon Convention exhibition known as the Green Pavilion. Colorful photographs depict methods employed by some retailers and shopping centers to achieve sustainability in their businesses while reducing operating costs. Topics discussed are sustainable sites; energy and atmosphere; water efficiency; materials and resources; and indoor environmental quality.

The RetailGreen Agenda: Sustainable Practices for Retailers and Shopping Centers
by Rudolph E. Milian, SCMD, SCSM
A compendium of information about sustainability in retailing and green building practices. Features hundreds of examples by shopping center companies and retail chains to save on water, energy and other costs while maximizing a healthy indoor environment for customers and employees - all helping to minimize the environmental footprint.

Sustainable Retail Development: New Success Strategies
by Jerry Yudelson
Sustainable Retail Development addresses the emerging issue of green retail buildings and retail development that will grow significantly in importance over the next half-decade, a trend seen throughout the developed world. This volume is a practical and comprehensive guide to greening retail real estate, including green building and marketing strategies, corporate sustainability programs and features a 10-point action program for greening any retail real estate portfolio. This book was written for professionals in design, construction and operations of shopping centers and retail stores. Well illustrated, it features more than 30 green retail developments from North America, Europe, South America, Asia and Australia, as well as interviews with 25 leading industry experts.

ICSC Foundation Fiala Fellow Report

Energy Sustainability in Open-Air Centers: Best Practices Recommmendations Based on Proven Strategies From Retail Leaders
By: Adria Savarese
This best practices guide includes recommendations for sustainability initiatives in open-air operating properties based on successful case studies from retail leaders. The report covers key green initiatives such as lighting retrofits, energy management systems and green leasing as well as basics, such as property benchmarking and sustainable third-party building certification. It is intended to provide an overview of retail sustainability and includes resources to help put a plan into practice. This framework was supported by the 2012–2013 ICSC Foundation Fiala Fellowship, an annual award given to a recipient under the age of 35 who has the potential to make a long-lasting contribution to the retail real estate industry.

Sustainability Articles

ICSC Sustainability Collaboration with Other Industry Trade Associations

ICSC collaborates with RILA (The Retail Industry Leaders Association) and PRSM (The Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association. Volunteer and staff respresentatives from the three associations meet periodically to discuss over conference calls and in-person meetings on how retail real estate can move further ahead to improve industry sustainability efforts.

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)
RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers in the United States and abroad.

Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM)
The Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) is the leading membership organization empowering retail facilities professionals by delivering industry best practices, education, forums and partnerships. PRSM has an actively engaged community of more than 850 multi-site retailers and reputable vendor partners who value business relationships, lifelong learning, industry credibility and recognition. Members across the US and Canada depend on PRSM to help them achieve success and a competitive advantage through quality programs and resources.  Visit prsm.com for more information.

Global Public Policy and Advocacy

ICSC’s Government Relations Environment Subcommittee is comprised of experts in the fields such as energy efficiency, remediation, sustainability, and environmental law.  The subcommittee meets regularly to discuss the impacts of current and future federal, state, and local environmental policy and regulation on owners, retailers, and other stakeholders.  Current policy topics include:

ICSC Global Public Policy

ICSC Social Media

Use our ICSC RetailGreen LinkedIn page to connect with fellow members about sustainability subjects. When you join LinkedIn, you get access to people, news, updates, and industry insights.
Get connected!

Search Through ICSC’s Shopping Centers Buyers Guide to Find Green Suppliers

The International Council of Shopping Centers Buyers Guide provides members with an online tool that is more focused than a general Internet search engine; one that allows you to search for product and service providers specific to your needs. Weekly indexing of listed companies' websites guarantees the most current information about the most relevant suppliers.
There are hundreds of product and service providers that supply sustainability-related products and services in the Guide.

e-Library Green / Sustainable Real Estate Content

Did you know that as a member, you have access to the largest retail real estate e-library in the world? ICSC publications (including SCT articles and our Research Review) as well as a wide range of trade magazines, books and academic journals can be found in the database that you can easily search, on a 24/7 basis. For more details, please check out the e-Library's section on Green/ Sustainable Real Estate.

ICSC Sustainability Design Award

ICSC Sustainability Design Award seeks to reward the most environmentally, socially and economically sustainable shopping centers and retail stores worldwide. This award will only be given when the jury agrees that a project  has proved a commitment to long-term sustainable development.

Visit ICSC’s Global Awards Gallery to view complete details of the winning projects.