Another trend we are seeing is Climate Action Planning and Urban Planning geared toward resiliency at a district level enacted in 2008, SB 375, the Sustainable Communities Act, supports the State’s Climate Action Goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through coordinated transportation and land use planning. With deadlines of 2020 quickly approaching, we are starting to see communities who have not developed plans, quickly taking the necessary steps toward completion. EcoDistricts is a useful tool and Certification that advances district sized projects by honing in on equity, resilience and climate protection from the start.
Global Reporting Initiatives and Corporate Responsibility Reporting have skyrocketed in the past 5 years in both the private and public sectors. GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmarking) grew to 707 participants in a short 5 years, accounting for $6.1 trillion in capital worldwide in 2015. GRI (Global Reporting Index) grew to over 10,000 organizations last year. We are also increasingly seeing retailers such as Target, Walmart and H&M instituting their own forms of Environmental Governance Reporting. These reports frequently pull directly from a lengthy list of tools and certifications, as listed below.
We encourage you to contact us to learn more about emerging trends relating to sustainability and how Retail Design Collaborative can help add value to your projects.