Featured Project: “The Awakening” Art Installation by RioCan Yonge Eglinton Centre

Oct 23, 2023

“The Awakening” is an art installation in recognition of Circular Economy Month. The art installation is
made from 12,240 upcycled disposable cups recovered from Yonge Eglinton Centre’s waste stream over
a 30-day period and repurposed to look like a large, immersive chandelier. The focus of the installation
is to drive individuals to rethink their reliance on single-use and to reprioritize durable, long-lasting
items and circular vendors by depicting how many cups are being thrown out.

Based on the amount of disposable cups thrown out onsite in 30 days, this would equate to roughly 3.7
million disposable cups thrown out in the next 25 years. Laid out, this number of cups would cover the
block of Yonge Street, Orchard View Boulevard, Duplex Avenue, and Eglinton Avenue West over 1.5

If disposable cup usage was eliminated at Yonge Eglinton Centre, the amount of cups saved per year
would equal:

  • The height of 39 CN Towers!
  • 3 times the distance between Lake Ontario and Yonge and Eglinton!
  • The length of 352 hockey rinks!

The installation includes an accompanying art board and website developed in partnership with CD
SONTER, and a corresponding trivia contest which includes a $200 Yonge Eglinton Centre gift card.
As a key part of how the site walks the talk, Yonge Eglinton Centre’s coffee retailers (Aroma, A&W,
Pickle Barrel, Tim Hortons, and Zaza) provide a $0.10 discount for all customers who provide them with
a reusable cup when purchasing coffee

Supporters of the Following Organizations

As a leader in our industry, CD Sonter’s specialty is bringing to life positive change in the property management world. We partner with properties to deliver results, move their business forward and help our clients shine as champions of sustainability.

-Louis Dodaro, Managing Director, CD Sonter Ltd.

Building certifications and awards improve and enhance marketability, occupant recruitment, retention rates, and relations with the community. Our Awards & Certifications Team is a group of overachievers, and we pride ourselves on always delivering exceptional results. Our above and beyond services make the process as easy as possible for our clients so they can accomplish their goals in the areas that matter most – sustainability, occupant health and wellness, and overall excellence in building performance.

-Nichole Bonner, Director, Sustainability Services

“You can't manage what you don’t measure” – that’s what a waste audit provides to a business. Our systematic, objective and industry leading methodology has helped our clients set true performance targets, improve waste management practices and uncover cost saving opportunities.

-Michael Su, Director, Sustainability Services

Occupant buy-in and participation are some of the most critical factors in the success of your site’s sustainability programming. It’s important to engage employees and tenants in a meaningful way - building a culture of trust and allowing them to feel a sense of ownership in your property’s performance.

-Gillian Hrycko, Manager, Occupant Engagement Services

As independent consultants we are in a unique position to be able to provide impartial assessments of the waste and recycling systems, assisting our clients to develop efficient and successful waste management strategies.

-Joseph Smillie, Technical Director, Sustainability Services