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An efficiency program that reduce energy usage by nearly a third

In 2019, The Mall in Columbia received the “Certified Sustainable Property” distinction from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). Our initiatives led to a 27% reduction in total grid-purchased electricity consumption for the property when compared to 2014.

Energy savings results


reduction in total grid purchased electricity


kWh renewable power generated


reduction in chiller energy usage

Small enhancements that make a big difference

We understand the importance of sustainability at our properties—not only positively impacting the environment, but simultaneously improving our customer experience. The Mall in Columbia is a prominent shopping destination in Columbia, Maryland, with over a million square feet of retail space and an impressive tenant mix including over 200 retailers. The property operates as a vibrant community center focusing on continued sustainable enhancements. 

At The Mall in Columbia, this includes small yet impactful decisions, such as switching to green cleaning products, and larger-scale projects such as:

  • A multi-year project to replace all acrylic skylights with thicker, double-layer laminated insulating glass skylights to enhance energy efficiency, which is expected to be completed in 2020
  • The installation of over 7,500 solar panels from 2016 to 2018, generating over 2.5 million kilowatt hours of renewable electricity in 2019
  • Upgrading chiller systems to state-of-the-art magnetic bearing chillers, representing a 22% efficiency improvement over standard high-efficiency chillers. The project, expected to be completed in 2020, also includes high-efficiency pumps and advanced building controls, resulting in a system that will drive future operating efficiency
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