The owner of this giant parking lot revently announced measures to become more environmentally-friendly. What did it decide to do?
- Remove 100 of its 4,000 parking spaces to add trees and other greenery
- Require its buildings to abide by strict environmental standards and ban the use of air conditioners with open doors
- Add bicycle lanes to its roads
- Partially subsidize an STM bus that would stop inside the shopping centre and take shoppers to the metro
- Install recycling bins at street corners and at store entrances
- Give away some plants, encourage some merchants to take used batteries and run some composting workshops
What was taking place when these pictures were taken?
- A bankruptcy sale of a major retailer
- A sidewalk sale
- An evacuation
- Family day
UPDATE: So those are the answers.
Marché Central, the neighbourhood of parking lots and strip malls that represent just about everything environmentalists hate, is trying again to present itself as environmentally-friendly. For their greenwashing efforts, they got a no-questions-asked press-release-as-news article in the Courrier Bordeaux-Cartierville. (It’s also unclear if their used battery plan was dependent on Eco-Centres, who have decided to no longer accept them from retailers.)
And they organized a sidewalk sale that few merchants participated in (even then it amounted to putting a rack of clothes outside and having a very bored sales rep sitting guard outside).
There are plenty of very big ways that Marché Central could reduce its environmental footprint, most of which involve discouraging car travel and excess energy consumption by retailers. But those measures would cause a revolt by the retailers and might affect their bottom line.
Marché Central believes in environmentalism, but not enough to pay for it.