Sustainability at World Exchange Plaza means providing value to our stakeholders through continuous improvement in environmental performance, and enhanced engagement with the occupants and visitors.

Our mandate is to continually improve environmental and social performance by partnering with tenants and vendors to reduce consumption and costs, promote wellness and healthy buildings, and ultimately increase satisfaction, comfort, and productivity within the Complex.



Read our latest Sustainability Scorecard to learn more about our footprint and environmental performance.

Sustainability Highlights

LEED EBOM Platinum Certification

World Exchange Plaza is pleased to have recently achieved LEED® EBOM Platinum certification for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance; the highest LEED® certification level available, demonstrating excellence in property management.  This could not have been achieved without the assistance of the occupants, service providers, property management and operations staff.

World Exchange Plaza’s LEED® recertification from Gold to Platinum is an example of continuous improvement in operations, procurement and tenant engagement, leading to impressive results such as over 70 percent waste diversion rate.

BOMA BEST Platinum Certification

BOMA BEST® Platinum is awarded to buildings that have met the BEST Practices and have achieved at least 90% on the questionnaire.

The BOMA BESt® Program requires meeting the BEST Practices for Energy and Environmental Management in six key areas: energy, water, waste reduction and site, emissions and effluents, indoor environment and environment management.

ENERGY STAR® Certified

World Exchange Plaza boasts an ENERGY STAR® score of 96, out of a possible 100, making it a top achiever among office buildings in Canada and the U.S.

ENERGY STAR certified buildings save energy, save money, and help protect the environment by generating fewer greenhouse gas emissions than typical buildings.

Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification

Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification measures accessibility standards in the operation of a building and in recognition of an organization's commitment to providing an accessible building. 

The Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification program works to help improve accessibility of the built environment in Canada - the places where we live, work, learn and play and helps create a fully accessible and inclusive Canada.

Certification is from August 31, 2021 to August 31, 2026.


Bee Hives

The honey bee population worldwide and in Canada has suffered significant losses due to several stressors such as pesticides, mono-culture (lack of food variety), and climate change. Since one third of our food supply is reliant on the work of pollinators, it is imperative that action is taken to help reverse population loss among honey bees.

At World Exchange Plaza, we hope to contribute to the solution by joining other QuadReal buildings by hosting a home for honey bees and helping create a more sustainable urban environment.

As part of our sustainability program, we ensure our landscaping practices include planting native species and avoidance of pesticide use that can harm birds, butterflies and bees.  With the help of Alvéole, we are able to enhance our natural surroundings by helping increase and nurture the honey bee population in Ottawa.

Learn about bee keeping with videos from Alvéole. Click here to view.

Making Healthy Food Choices at Work

Healthy eating is fundamental to good health and is a key element in healthy human development, from the prenatal and early childhood years to later life stages. Healthy eating is equally important in reducing the risk of many chronic diseases. (Source: Health Canada)

Please click the button below for more including a list of food retailers within a 400km radius that provide several healthy menu options for a hot or cold meal while World Exchange Plaza undergoes its refurbishment of the retail concourse.