Principal Real Estate Investors and PMRG have announced that Hazard Center has been selected by the City of San Diego’s Environmental Services Department as “Recycler of the Year” – with a special distinction of “Rising Star” – in the 2017 Waste Reduction and Recycling Awards Program. The program highlights businesses and organizations located within the city that have implemented or expanded innovative and successful waste reduction, recycling and recycled product purchasing programs.
Hazard Center is a mixed-use commercial property with a 15-story Class A commercial high-rise office tower and a retail shopping center. The “Recycler of the Year” award recognizes the “outstanding” recycling and waste reduction efforts of both the office tower and retail tenants, and the property management team, PMRG.
“Our office and retail tenants work hard to reduce their waste emissions, and we are proud of the dedication to sustainability they have shown,” said Lisa Gualco, Hazard Center’s general manager.
The center’s waste diversion practices include providing mixed recycling dumpsters for all tenants in common areas and food waste dumpsters for the retail food services tenants. Additionally, Hazard Center recycles all possible construction materials, tree and plant trimmings, LED and fluorescent lights from throughout the property, and all batteries. For more than 10 years, the center has also held a yearly event where tenants drop off items to be recycled – including electronic waste, batteries, lights, ink cartridges and more – from their offices and homes.
In 2016, Hazard Center became the first shopping center to successfully implement a food waste diversion program in San Diego County. The program aims to reduce organic waste in landfills, while processing food scraps into rich compost that is used to improve the quality of soil in the region.
The property also implemented a Pillars of Responsibility Investing program in 2014, a unique sustainability and investment platform through Principal Real Estate Investors, that included many sustainable and energy saving goals.
“We believe that sustainability is critical to superior asset management and fiduciary governance, delivering positive financial and environmental outcomes,” said Pat Halter, CEO of Principal Real Estate Investors.
According to the City’s Environmental Services Department, using resources wisely leads to greater efficiency and positively contributes to a business’s bottom line. Companies that take the initiative to develop waste reduction and recycling programs also help contribute to the City’s Climate Action Plan goal of zero waste by the year 2040.
For more information about the Waste Reduction and Recycling Awards Program, visit https://www.sandiego.gov/environmental-services/recycling.
About Hazard Center
Hazard Center is the go-to destination shopping center in the heart of Mission Valley with some of the best dining, specialty shops and services offered in San Diego. Visitors appreciate Hazard Center’s central location and easy accessibility, as well as iconic brands such as Barnes & Noble, UltraStar Cinemas, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Lakeshore, FedEx Office, Joe’s Crab Shack and Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill. Its namesake, Roscoe E. Hazard, helped build San Diego and his tremendous loyalty to every project contributed to a better city. Whether it’s girls’ night, date night, office lunch or errands, Hazard Center has something for everyone. For more information, visit www.hazardcenter.com.