The Real Green Opportunities in Retail in Eco-Structure
For Eco-Structure magazine, Sean Slater, Director of Retail and Mixed Use at ELS, writes about opportunities in greening retail from implementing livable communities to renovating aging shopping centers. Sustainable design has come a long way in the past 20 years, but by and large, the retail sector–especially shopping malls–still lags behind property types. The reasons for this have a lot to do with the structure of the developer/tenant relationship. However, while green building techniques may not be as widely adopted in shopping centers as in other sectors, retail owners and developers do have an array of good options for incorporating sustainable design strategies.