Integral to our purpose of creating great places for people is our commitment to building sustainable communities that thrive in both the built and natural environments. More than shops, businesses and homes, McWhinney communities are designed to connect people to nature and each other while protecting important habitat and wildlife corridors.
One of the cornerstones of our commitment to sustainability is the High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC), a not-for-profit organization responsible for protecting 275 acres of Centerra’s lakes, wetlands and open space. Formed in 2001 through a partnership with McWhinney and McStain Neighborhoods, the HPEC offers educational programs for the community and support to local developers, planners and consultants on sustainable design.
At McWhinney, we believe that sustainability is a journey of continuous improvement in reducing waste and energy use and in utilizing more sustainable building practices.
McWhinney commissioned The Brendle Group and Colorado State University’s Institute for the Built Environment to facilitate a company-wide action plan for sustainability. Adopted in 2007, the plan aligned McWhinney’s core values with a triple bottom line of People, Planet and Profit. The action plan sets forth a path toward achieving measurable levels of sustainable development practices both internally and within our communities.