General Growth implements EcoStance to kiosks, Santa sets

Chicago -- General Growth Properties announced Wednesday it is implementing its EcoStance of environmental responsibility to the malls’ kiosks, located throughout all the shopping centers’ common areas.

Over the last few months, GGP converted over 50,000 incandescent lights to energy-efficient LED lights in over 135 malls. The new LED lamps produce brighter light levels, last longer, lower carbon emissions, and reduce energy consumption by at least 85%, according to the mall owner.

“Just in the last five years alone, GGP’s cumulative energy savings exceeded 328.7 million kilowatt hours and we continually look at ways to improve that -- from our state-of-the-art HVAC systems, kiosk lighting and even more recently our holiday décor packages,” said Julie Jones, senior VP national operations.

The replacement of 50,000 kiosk lights at more than 135 centers took General Growth Properties approximately three months to complete and the cumulative energy savings is approximately 6.9 million kilowatt hours.

“The transition to LED lights was an excellent improvement for our kiosks and motivated us to take it a step further and start upgrading our holiday décor lights,” said Doug Johnson, director of santastic. “Since the LEDs are brighter and last longer, we installed 52,000 holiday LED lights across 70 malls making Santa’s home, wreaths, and garlands even brighter for this festive season.”