Green Mega-Mall Is Upstate NY’s Destiny

Destiny USA, a shopping and entertainment center  in Syracuse, N.Y., is seeking Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) certification for its massive expansion project. If achieved, the project could be America’s largest LEED Gold commercial retail project. The company recently announced implementation of its master site plan.

The mall master plan seeks to certify the entire 850,000-square-foot expansion along with more than 100 tenant spaces included in the expansion plans. The plan calls for a variety of sustainable features for the building, including a rain harvesting system and low-flow toilets and bathroom fixtures that would save more than 4 million gallons of water each year.

green mall, Destiny USA

image via Destiny USA

The building’s roof already is home to an urban wind demonstration project, but it will also be outfitted with cool roof technology to reflect heat from the sun for added energy savings. The building will also save on its energy bills by harvesting daylight and using LED lighting.

Sustainable practices are also being used in the construction of the project. More than 90 percent of all building materials have been recycled. A total of  7,000 tons of used material has been kept from local landfills. Recycled marble for the project was donated to Habitat for Humanity and 95 percent of the steel used was recycled. Vehicles used for construction of the expansion have been powered by biodiesel, with Destiny buying more than 270,000 gallons of biodiesel that has been consumed.

Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.


  • Reply October 23, 2011

    Tony DiDomenico

    I suggest waterless toilets and save an additional 4 million gallons of water per year. What do you think Bob?u00a0Falcon Waterfree urinals save 100% of water and sewer charges which are sure to rise in the future. Waterfree urinals also eliminate energy costs associated with pumping water to and from the fixture. While ultra low flush urinals may use little water, they rely on valves that are prone to leaks, wasting tremendous amounts of water and money. If you choose this route, let me know so I can get a rep position with Falcon before you do…here is the link:u00a0

    • Reply October 23, 2011


      I think thats a good idea Tony!u00a0 Can I supply the Green Electric and Gas Supply?

  • Reply October 23, 2011


    Robert Congel who is behind the project is scum of the earth when it comes to payingt contractors…that’s what’s green about it.

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