Bentall LP Launches ForeverGreen Purchasing Program



    TORONTO, Aug. 4 /CNW/ - More than 10,000 suppliers and 600 commercial
real estate properties in North America will be involved in a new
Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) initiative. To help further reduce
the environmental impact of the buildings they manage, Bentall announces its
ForeverGreen Purchasing program.
    EPP is the sourcing and procurement of products and services that meet
conventional technical performance standards while minimizing environmental
impact. The development of ForeverGreen Purchasing, a formal EPP program,
reinforces Bentall's commitment to strategically develop and continually
improve environmental best practices with regard to their managed properties
and the impact they have on the communities in which they do business. Created
in collaboration with Five Winds International, the program aims to leverage
the scale of Bentall's purchasing power to encourage and influence markets for
more environmentally preferable products and services.
    "Comprised in part of a series of guidance documents specifically
designed for the property management industry, Bentall's EPP program helps
staff avoid 'paralysis by analysis' when buying green," says Giselle Gagnon,
Vice President, National Real Estate Services at Bentall. "An increasing
number of suppliers are promoting green offerings and EPP arms our property
teams with innovative tools to help them in the buying process".
    Embedded in Bentall's EPP is 'life cycle thinking'. This approach
involves consideration of a product from resource extraction, through
manufacturing, transport, use and disposal.
    The protection of the environment and support for the community is a core
value from which Bentall delivers its services. "ForeverGreen Purchasing
raises the bar and contributes to our culture of conservation and
sustainability", says Cheryl Gray, Senior Vice President, National Real Estate
Services. "Bentall's EPP program is just one more example of how the company
is leading the way in reducing the environmental footprint of our business
activities."

    About Bentall LP

    Leadership, innovation and experience make Bentall LP one of Canada's
leading real estate advisory and property services organizations. Fully
integrated, Bentall provides best-in-class asset management, property
management and leasing and development services to institutional and private
investors. Bentall is also a recognized leader of sound and sustainable
Responsible Property Investment (RPI) practices in North America.
    Assets in Canada and the United States include more than 600 buildings,
representing over 65 million square feet of office, industrial and retail
space and approximately 5,000 multi-family residential units.





For further information:

For further information: Cheryl Gray, CPM, Senior Vice President,
National Real Estate Services, Bentall LP, 55 University Avenue, Suite 300,
Toronto, ON, M5J 2H7, Direct Line: (416) 674-3550, e-mail: cgray@bentall.com;
Visit our web site: www.bentall.com

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