Every year, Earth Day reminds us of our duty to protect the planet we live on. Macro Properties reflects on how we are doing our part for environmental sustainability.

Observed on April 22, Earth Day is an annual global event to celebrate the environmental movement, raise awareness about pollution, encourage people to be more environmentally conscious and take action to reduce our environmental impact. 

This year, more than 6 million Canadians will join nearly 1 billion people from over 170 countries to participate in Earth Day celebrations.

Doing our Part

Sometimes apartment living can make us feel like we can’t make a difference — but that’s not true! Regardless of where we live, we can all develop new habits to celebrate Earth Day all year round and make an impact.

At Macro Properties, we do our part to reduce our environmental footprint by investing in sustainable practices and continuing to not only educate ourselves but progress towards providing a way of living and working on the parts of the planet we operate.

As we renovate our apartments we ensure to reduce our footprint, by installing low flush toilets, energy efficient LED lights and encouraging recycling where possible.

In 2020, two of our commercial buildings in downtown Saskatoon achieved BOMA Best Silver certification for our commitment in energy and environmental management.

To be considered for this prestigious certificate our buildings had to demonstrate exemplary performance in energy, water, air, comfort, health and wellness, custodial, purchasing, waste, site, and stakeholder engagement.

Our commitment to sustainable practices doesn’t stop there. Sustainability is at the core of all our business principles and practices. Learn more how about what we do to encourage a positive impact on the environment, in our communities, and with our tenants and employees.

Easy ways to make your home better

Go paperless: Think of the bills that are mailed to your home. Try cutting down by switching to email or digital billing. Without paper bills, you won’t have to worry the clutter either.

Recycle: Start with easy-to-recycle items like plastic water bottles, cardboard, cereal and snack boxes, newspaper and aluminum cans. Make sure the bottles and cans are rinsed before placing them out for recycling.

Reduce electricity usage: Get smart with how you use electricity. Unplug appliances, TVs, cell phone chargers and coffee makers / tea kettles when they are not in use. There’s no shortage of ways you can use home appliances to increase efficiency and protect the environment without compromising comfort!

Channel your inner gardener: Have you ever wanted to grow your own food but don’t have the outdoor space to do it? It’s a common challenge for apartment dwellers. Luckily, there are a several vegetables that can be grown in containers on your balcony. Get started with these eight vegetables that are perfect for balcony gardening.

Switch to LEDs: LEDs are much better for the environment than other lighting options. LED bulbs are brighter, use less wattage, and provide the same level of illumination as regular bulbs. Don’t forget to recycle used lightbulbs.

If you’re looking for more inspiration, here are 52 tips and actions to make a difference throughout the year.