Sustainability Statistics

Planting

  • 125 trees were planted, including allee elms, shumard oaks, and fosters holly.
  • Native plants used, including blackfoot daisy, bush sage, skullcap, and yucca.
  • Mycorrhizal fungi was implemented in the soil mix to provide increased water and nutrient absorption for the planting. In turn, the planting provides the fungi with necessary carbohydrates.
  • Plants are allowed to go to seed/flower life.

Water

  • Stormwater is reused for landscape irrigation. A tank holds and collects 5,000 gallons of stormwater, which accounts for a 50% reduction in water needed for irrigation.
  • 32% of surfaces were made permeable through planting.
  • Trees have the potential for intercepting 52,500 gallons of water which are equivalent to the water usage for 525 American residents for one day. *

Carbon, Energy + Air

  • The trees sequester 15,000 pounds of carbon annually, which offset an average car driving 20,405 miles.**
  • During construction, pollutants were controlled and retained.
  • Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke was minimized through designated smoke-free zones and prohibited smoking on-site.

Economics

  • Initially an underutilized site, this mixed-use development activates a busy corridor. The ground floor was planned for through traffic between Klyde Warren Park and popular dining destinations. This creates a lot of foot traffic for the vendors on-site.
  • Job and volunteer opportunities were created on-site through the construction of the two towers. Additional employment opportunities are anticipated in the retail and residential spaces to be created.

Social

  • The project supports alternative modes of transportation and an active lifestyle with bike racks, showers, and a fitness component.
  • The project provides optimal site accessibility, safety, and wayfinding.
* The tree average for water interception is 500 gallons. American’s use an average of 100 gallons of water per day (EPA’s water trivia facts)
** 120 pounds of CO2 per tree annually (This number is based on an average from the National Tree Benefits Calculator) One car produces an average of 8,320 pounds of CO2 per year. Each vehicle drives an average of 11,318 miles per year. (The Code of Federal Regulations - 40 CFR 600.113)
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