Leadership in resource conservation is at the heart of our business and is a
passion for many of our employees. Unico’s innovative energy, water, and
recycling initiatives use practices that elevate environmental stewardship
in our company and in the communities we serve.
All of Unico’s office properties are benchmarking energy usage and as a result
34 of our Class-A office properties have earned ENERGY STAR® awards for their
energy leadership and high performance.
Since establishing our energy baseline on December 31, 2006, Unico has reduced
energy use by 15 percent saving over $2.1 million annually.
Water is a precious resource and Unico knows that using it wisely makes good
business sense and is better for sustaining our communities.
That’s why Unico has improved restroom plumbing in our properties with
low-flow fixtures and fittings. These updated fixtures help Unico reduce
water usage by as much as 40 percent. In most cases the payback for plumbing
efficiency projects ranges between one and three years, making them financially
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle….and Compost
Waste management is a key to conservation. By reusing existing materials,
reducing consumption, recycling reusable items, and composting biodegradables,
Unico is significantly reducing demand on natural resources. Through the
establishment of sustainable purchasing and waste management policies our
corporate office is using 100 percent recycled paper products, eliminating
bottled water use, and composting all biodegradable items.
Many of Unico’s property teams in Seattle, Denver, and Portland are
composting in office suites and restaurants, using innovative approaches
to divert waste. At Financial Center in Seattle, the property team partnered
with Cedar Grove Compost to pilot one of the nation’s first restroom paper
towel composting programs, improving waste diversion by 20 percent. This pilot
program is gaining momentum in many markets across the real estate industry.
“Success in energy performance requires an entire organization’s commitment.
The Unico team is a great example, and their leadership and strategic view of
energy management is raising the bar for the commercial real estate industry.”
Office Real Estate Market Manager
Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance / BetterBricks