Kilroy Realty Corp. revealed that the US Green Building Council has awarded KRC’s 350 Mission Street property TRUE Zero Waste Certification at the gold level. 350 Mission Street, encompassing 455,340 square feet, is the largest single commercial property in the world to achieve TRUE Zero Waste certification and is also the first commercial building in San Francisco to do so. 350 Mission Street is currently LEED Platinum, ENERGY STAR and Fitwel certified.
TRUE is a Zero Waste Certification system from USGBC that enables facilities to define, pursue and achieve zero waste goals, cut their carbon footprint and support public health. The waste diversion threshold for TRUE Zero Waste certification is 90% and 350 Mission Street achieved 91.9% diversion in addition to meeting other rigorous performance requirements.
“We wanted to take a bold and meaningful stance on waste management to reaffirm our commitment to minimize the environmental impacts of our buildings,” says Maya Henderson, director of sustainability for KRC. “Undergoing the rigorous TRUE certification process also had the added benefit of helping to optimize building operations and cost savings.”
Key strategies that enabled 350 Mission to achieve TRUE Zero Waste certification include:
Investing in reusable pantry supplies and ordering in bulk
Replacing individual desk bins with central waste collection with appropriate signage
Developing ongoing education and awareness programs
Implementing post-sorting services to further increase occupant diversion rates