SUSTAINABILITY AT WESTFIELD UTC
Westfield UTC is not only the best place to shop, dine, and play in San Diego—but is also striving to be among the country’s most environmentally conscious shopping centers. By the year 2030, our goal is the reduce carbon emissions 50%. See just some of the Westfield UTC led initiates and examples of restaurants and stores committing to helping our community and environment below.
Westfield UTC has 3,500+ solar panels that generate over 1.9 GWh of clean energy annually, equivalent to taking 284 cars off the road each year!
Food Waste Program
Westfield UTC's partnership with A.B. Jones & Co., a local vermiculture social venture, converts organic waste from landfills into nutrient-rich fertilizer shared with farms throughout San Diego County.
Electric Vehicle Charging
Guests with electric vehicle are welcome to use Westfield UTC’s electric car chargers available on the first level (P1) of Genesee Garage, with additional electric vehicle charging stations coming soon!
Clothing Drop Spot
The USAgain Clothing Drop Spot accepts gently used clothes and shoes! USAgain is a leader in the textile recycling industry with a mission of diverting textiles from landfills. USAgain's green and white recycling bins provide communities with a convenient way to dispose of surplus clothing and give it a second life.
Rowan is a California-based brand that believes in the local-production of the best quality apparel. The Asher and Tyler tees are made of American grown 100% Supima® cotton and then cut, sewn and dyed in California, with knitwear and denim made just two hours north in Los Angeles. Without the need to ship goods across the ocean or the use of petroleum-based fibers in their apparel, Rowan aims to represent how small businesses can serve as an example to larger fashion brands on how to be more environmentally aware.
All Melissa Clube products are recycleable and vegan- made with no animal products or materials and with approximately 6% carbon from renewable sources. Melissa has low impact from start to finish, and numerous people working toward continued improvement. While all Melissas are made to be used continually, all Meslissa shops collect Melissas that can no longer be used so that they can be correctly disposed of.
A staple within the fashion sustainability sector, Allbirds has served as a global end-to-end leader that is raising the bar for the entire retail industry. Over the last two years, Allbirds has made several strides with carbon labeling, becoming the first footwear and apparel brand to include carbon emissions labels (2020), first brand to release an entire collection with carbon labeling (2021), as well as released the world’s lowest running carbon footprint shoe, Futurecraft, in partnership with Adidas (2021).
Pura Vida is thrilled to be celebrating its official B Corp Certification. Along with 3,800 other brands, Pura Vida joins in the global movement of people using business as a force for good, meeting the highest verified standards of social and economic performance, transparency, and so much more! Inspired by their venture to Costa Rica and the laid-back way of life, founders Griffin Thall and Paul Goodman brought back with them colorful string bracelets that captured the simple beauty of the country in an effort to support struggling local artisans, launching Pura Vida in the summer of 2010.
Room & Board
A founding member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, Room & Board incorporates quality construction and timeless design. While supporting sustainably harvested wood and FSC guidelines for responsibly managed forests, initiatives include sourcing reclaimed wood and incorporating recycled natural steel, plastic, and fabric from recycled material into furniture and decor. Shopping with Room & Board gives guests the opportunity to better understand where their furniture is being sourced from and who is behind their construction and creation.
Driven by the philosophy of “pole to bowl,” Sweetfin is a Los Angeles-founded poke shop that sources sustainably raised and caught fish, with equally high standards when sourcing fresh produce for fan favorite poke bowl toppings. Majority of Sweetfin’s packaging is also paper based as they aim to stay away from single use plastics where possible. Sweetfin believes in doing their part to protect the natural systems that help sustain our planet while providing delicious California-influenced poke.
True Food Kitchen
With an emphasis on food that satisfies cravings, supports health and nourishes the soul, True Food Kitchen aims to seek out and introduce new sources of nutrition from around the world through each new seasonal dish. The company has made a commitment to kale and was vital in launching America’s kale community, and only chooses to work with the most respected stewards of land and sea. And for guests dining in at True Food Kitchen, such as the location at Westfield UTC, they can enjoy the fun fact that many of the restaurant’s chairs are made out of 100% recycled Coke bottles.