In October of last year, Kimco announced the Illumi-Nation program, our biggest sustainability program to date and the latest rollout under our Best-in-Class umbrella. Through Illumi-Nation, we had committed $9 million in 2015 to upgrade the lighting in 100 of our Tier 1 properties by year end, and the program will carry us through 2019.… Read More

Kimco Realty CSR Tip SheetOver the past year, I’ve written and spoken about Kimco’s efforts to advance environmental sustainability among our retail tenants. Our motivations are simple: Improving the sustainability performance of our tenants can lower their total cost of occupancy; preserve scarce resources, such as energy and water; and enhance the overall value of Kimco’s shopping centers.… Read More

We firmly believe that a crucial aspect of driving greater energy efficiency at retail properties is collaboration between landlords, tenants, and utility providers. You might have read our recent press release announcing a first-of-its-kind collaboration with a major utility provider, which is one example of how Kimco is taking tangible steps in this regard.… Read More

Conserving energy and reducing operating expenses through property retrofits have been issues of growing importance to Kimco over the past several years. Through our award-winning Gateway Building Controls Program we have installed state-of-the-art systems at the majority of our Tier 1 properties that allow for advanced control and monitoring of exterior lighting by property managers.… Read More

It’s November, and just around the corner is ICSC’s RetailGreen Conference. This year’s event will take place on Dec. 3 and 4 in Phoenix, and promises to be one of the best attended to date. In addition to a packed agenda filled with valuable speakers and networking sessions, the conference will be the global launch site of ICSC’s Property Efficiency Scorecard.… Read More

Nils Kok, co-founder and Executive Director of GRESB

Nils Kok, co-founder and Executive Director of GRESB

A growing number of institutional real estate investors, state and local governments, and other stakeholders are sharpening their focus on the sustainability performance of commercial properties.  Two leading indicators of this trend are the rise in building energy benchmarking laws and the growth of the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB).… Read More

The only consistent thing in retail real estate is change. Unlike other real estate sectors, the vibrant world of retail changes dramatically as new concepts pop up, existing concepts reinvent themselves, and outdated concepts fade away. And while change can sometimes be disruptive, we think it creates a great opportunity.… Read More

You might have read on our blog this summer about Kimco’s participation in the Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) Climate Corps program. Climate Corps places top-tier graduate students into large organizations to make the business case for energy efficiency. This summer, Linus Ik-Pyo Hong, a graduate student at Columbia University, joined Kimco’s Sustainability Team.… Read More