As developers both creating and deriving value from land, the environmental condition of our planet is something we care deeply about. We believe it is our responsibility to lead by example and embrace green business policies and strategies wherever possible. This is why we apply SHG LowImpactLiving™ to all of our new property developments, the tenets of which are described below.
We’re Against Sprawl
We feel strongly that the re-use of inner ring, infill locations – where we can build vertically, increase density, and utilize mass transit infrastructure – is a much smarter option than sprawling outward and outward. To this end, we have made substantive contributions toward the improvement of infill transit infrastructure. And all of our projects qualify as “smart growth” locations. There’s always going to be a need to grow. The question is how you choose to do so.
We Clean Up Sites
Given that many of the projects we undertake are the re-use of historical or old industrial sites, the vast majority need some level of clean up and remediation of already existing environmental concerns. This requires a specific skill set and the SHG team is built for the type of complicated effort to make these sites clean and ready for development.
We Integrate Sustainable Design in Every Project
Solar power. Electric cars. Low-impact lifestyle. These are the types of green efforts we want to support with every development project we work on. Thus, on our new multi-family projects going forward, we will power 100% of the common area electrical needs though large, on-site solar arrays located on the building rooftops. We will also provide electric vehicle charging stations and bicycle storage for our tenancy. In addition, we’ve also designed the following cutting-edge solutions into new projects:
– Vegetative or “living” roofs to provide insulation and support wildlife
– Pervious parking lot areas to promote water absorption and filtration
– LID (Low Impact Development) methods to slow runoff
– On-site walking and biking paths
– Dark-Sky practices to dramatically reduce light pollution