In an effort to protect pollination and decrease the decline of bees worldwide, Square One has taken sustainable steps to keep the bees abuzz through urban beekeeping. To increase local honey production, pollination and provide a greener urban setting, two beehives have been installed on the rooftops of Square One. The beehives houses approximately 50,000 bees and produces around 10 to 15 kilograms of honey annually, which is typically harvested around September.

The installation of the beehives at Square One is made in collaboration with Alvéole, a social company specialized in urban apiculture, created in 2012 in Montreal. The goal? Change the urban landscape of Canadian cities, one beehive at a time.

To launch the initiative, Square One has partnered with health and wellness influencer, Stephanie Shepherd featuring rooftop Yoga. Shepherd got her start working alongside, Kim Kardashian West. Taking 5 years of insider knowledge and experience, Steph left her role as COO of Kardashian West Brands and stepped out on her own. As an authority on style and fitness, as seen on her social channels, Steph has partnered with various tastemaker brands, boasting over a million followers on Instagram.  


Square One’s Green Steps Program 

Ensures we reduce our carbon footprint and work with our tenants and guests towards more eco-efficient business practices.

  • The placement of interior recycling/waste containers throughout the property.
  • An automated energy management system that controls all common area heating/cooling and exterior/interior lighting minimizing energy consumption.
  • The installation of high-efficiency lighting equipment to maintain proper lighting levels while reducing energy usage.
  • Assisting retailers with proper waste disposal.
  • Use of environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies.
  • Smoke-Free Entrances (Cleaner Air Program)
  • Diversion Rates (56% diversion in 2011)
  • Reusable dineware and cutlery offered at all Food Central vendors.

To demonstrate Square One’s continuous sustainability efforts, with the launch of Food Central and its full-service scullery, plus the Tenant Waste Management Program, here are some environmental highlights from 2013 alone:

  • By recycling cardboard, we’ve:
    • Saved 8,255 trees
    • Saved 1,942,280 kilowatts of energy
    • Saved 12,147 cubic metres of landfill space
    • Saved 12,625 litres of water
  • By installing an Organic Waste Pulper, we’ve Increased organic waste recycling by 300%



*Building and Owners and Managers Association



A Green Future with Sustainable Practices Hoarding for Humanity Program

Did you know that hoarding materials have the shortest life-span that result in an increase of waste? Square One, partnering alongside Hoarding for Humanity, uses an environmentally-friendly approach to the hoarding process: all materials used during renovations are recycled and then reused as part of building projects, undertaken by Habitat for Humanity.

The Hoarding For Humanity program is a refreshing, innovative and eco-friendly solution to hoarding nightmares of the past. Together, Square One and Habitat for Humanity Canada offer a whole-hearted and well-rounded recycling program that guarantees environmental sustainability.

Square One’s Green Steps Program is a property-wide initiative that will continue to prove its ongoing commitment to ensure the follow-through of eco-conscious business practices.


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