Many structures at Catellus projects are LEED®-certified by the
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) or meet equivalent green building standards. At Catellus, sustainability means more than just green buildings. Sustainability is at the very core of the Catellus development process, from our selection of brownfield and urban infill sites to our construction and deconstruction methods. Our approach to sustainability is represented by a series of values that guide our development process, from initiation through occupancy and ongoing operations.
These values are:
Urban Infill – Redevelopment of sites located within major urban areas where existing infrastructure can be reused and help counter historical patterns of urban sprawl, thus limiting the burden on a region’s highways and other infrastructure and minimizing the impact to farmland and wildlife habitat.
Transit-Oriented – Introducing urban design that embraces and facilitates pedestrian activity to sites located in proximity to existing public transit systems and ensures our developments promote a high quality of life and a reduced dependence on the automobile, helping cities meet carbon-neutral goals.
Brownfield Redevelopment – Breathing new life into contaminated brownfield land, remediation returns clean land to the urban fabric, supporting new homes, parks, shops and offices.
Economic Development – Creating developments that provide long-term fiscal support to the local economy through taxes, new residents and retail, and the creation of both short-term construction and
Diversity and Affordability – Creating communities that are desirable and accessible to a wide variety of people from a range of socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds, often through the inclusion of affordable housing.
Green Building Practices – Implementing green building practices wherever possible, whether to U.S. Green Building Council LEED or local equivalent standards. For infrastructure, this means implementing construction practices that recycle and reuse as much material
Historic Preservation – Every effort is made to integrate historically significant buildings into our projects through preservation and reuse.
Open Space and Conservation – Designing and constructing new open space and parks, as well as conserving existing natural resources like trees and wetlands, is an essential part of our development practices.
Community Involvement – In order to build great communities, Catellus includes the local community in the design and development process. Our reputation as a company hinges on our ability to earn the trust of the local community and to provide a finished project that is highly regarded and widely embraced.