Protecting the Planet

Being “Pono” — Innovation and Environmental Stewardship
at Hawaii’s International Market Place

Breana Grosz
General Manager, International Market Place

International Market Place is located in the heart of Waikīkī on the island of O’ahu and is known for its world-class surfing, sightseeing, dining and shopping. O’ahu is home to nearly one million of the state’s 1.43 million residents. It’s not surprising that this bustling tropical paradise takes sustainability seriously.

“Living in a precious island environment, it’s our responsibility to be good stewards of the ʻāina (land) including how we can innovatively think about waste disposal and recycling,” said Breana Grosz, general manager of International Market Place. “Luckily, Hawai’i has always been at the forefront of conservation and sustainability. Honolulu passed the nation’s first food waste recycling ordinance in 1997 requiring restaurants, hotels and grocery stores to recycle food waste. Hawai’i could even become the first state to ban single-use plastics at restaurants.”

Food is a main attraction at the iconic International Market Place, which Taubman fully reimagined and reopened in 2016. The center has been an attraction for visitors and kama’aina (residents) alike since 1957. A review in Hawai’i Magazine praised the center’s new third-level Grand Lānai as, “a world class collection of restaurants by some of the most esteemed names in the culinary biz.”

“To help our restaurant tenants meet the requirements of the recycling ordinance, we designed a food recovery program and chilling room into the renovation plans,” said Grosz. “All food waste is placed into special bins which are stored overnight in the chilling room. Every morning the bins are emptied into trucks and hauled, not to landfills, but to local pig farms on the island, where it is processed into feed. It truly is a win-win for everybody; the center, tenants, farmers and environment.”

In addition to the center’s food recovery program, discarded cardboard and glass are recycled, and other non-food trash is delivered to the Hawaiian Electric Company to power an efficient waste-to-energy facility.

“We are doing our part at the center to be more cognizant of our environmental impact,” said Grosz. “We are especially proud of our drip irrigation system that with the help of embedded sensors keeps the extensive landscaping throughout the center thriving without using any more water than necessary. We are also analyzing the practicality of installing solar panels onsite. In marketing, some of our programs focus on sustainability partnerships and education. In some cases, these initiatives can even bring cost-savings and be revenue generating to our tenants. At International Market Place and globally, we need to be pono (righteous) with how we live, work and interact with the environment around us.”

Reduction in Energy Consumption Goals

From a 2013 baseline, reduce consumption by:

Renewable Energy Goal

Achieve a level of use from renewable energy sources.

Reduction in Water Consumption Goals

From a 2015 baseline, reduce consumption by:

Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Goal

From a 2014 baseline, reduce controllable Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions by:

Waste Diversion Goals

We have set diversion targets of:

Our Progress

Taubman has reduced Controllable Electrical Consumption by 38 Percent since 2008

From 2008 to 2018, reduced consumption by:

2008 Comparable Center Controllable Energy Use: 134.7 GWh

2018 Comparable Center Controllable Energy Use: 83.8 GWh


Reduction in Energy Consumption

From a 2013 baseline, reduced consumption by:

2013 Comparable Center Controllable Energy Use: 108.0 GWh

2018 Comparable Center Controllable Energy Use: 83.8 GWh

2018 Total Energy Use: 337.5 GWh


Renewable Energy

Achieved use from renewable energy sources by:

2018 Renewable Energy Consumed: 48.1 GWh

2018 Total Electricity Consumed: 316.3 GWh

Reduction in Water Consumption

From a 2015 baseline, reduced consumption by:

2015 Comparable Center Water Use: 1.62 million cubic meters

2018 Comparable Center Water Use: 1.54 million cubic meters

2018 Total Water Use: 2.20 million cubic meters


Reduction in Greenhouse Gas

From a 2014 base, achieved a reduction in controllable Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions of:

2014 Comparable Center Controllable GHG Emissions: 55.5 thousand tonnes

2018 Comparable Center Controllable GHG Emissions: 48.8 thousand tonnes

2018 Total GHG Emissions: 130.4 thousand tonnes


Waste Diversion

Reached diversion level of:

2018 Comparable Center Total Waste: 28.4 thousand tons

2018 Comparable Center Diverted Waste: 17.2 thousand tons

Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark

Taubman participated in the 2018 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) and achieved Green Star recognition and the GRESB Five Star ranking. GRESB is the most respected measure of sustainability performance for real estate portfolios world-wide. The comprehensive survey assesses a company’s performance against environmental, social and governance benchmarks.

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