In the Midst of Making an Impact

IDS Center has been committed to sustainability throughout its history—and we currently support multiple initiatives throughout the property.  From large scale tower improvements to programs that help our tenants with alternative commuting options, IDS Center has many ways for our tenant community to be great stewards of the environment.

We provide full scale recycling programs, practice green cleaning methods and environmentally friendly purchasing practices and implement energy management programs to save on utility consumption.



Explore the details of our current programs and learn more about property improvements that have made a lasting impact.

Recycling Opportunities

Our current recycling programs consist of office paper, cardboard, newspaper, aluminum, glass, plastic, batteries and toner.

See which office items are eligible for recycling ›

If you are interested in additional recycling containers provided at no extra cost, please contact:

ABM Janitorial: 612.341.3583

Shredding & Recycling

As we know many of your firms require shredding for confidentiality purposes, we have source available for you to contract these services:

Shredright: 651.647.1300 |
Shred it: 952.516.7145 |

If you keep documents off-site, the storage facility may have shredding capabilities.

Electronic Recycling

IDS Center participates in an annual property-wide recycling program for all electronic equipment, which is free of charge for all IDS Center tenants. The event is generally scheduled in tandem of Earth week (late April) each year. However, should you need additional recycling throughout the year you may contact our e-cycling partner:

Oceantech: 612.598.7526 |

Other Recycling Opportunities

Items such as batteries, LED or florescent light bulbs and toner may be brought down to the IDS Loading Dock for proper recycling, at no additional cost to you.

Recycling Facts

  • In 2018, the IDS Center tenant population recycled a total of 452 tons of material
  • In 2017, the IDS Center tenant population recycled a total of 840 tons of material
  • In 2016, the IDS Center tenant population recycled a total of 591 tons of material
  • In 2015, the IDS Center tenant population recycled a total of 644 tons of material

Green Cleaning Practices & Purchasing

Green chemicals are used for most of the property cleaning. In addition, all paper products used at the property are 40% post-consumer recycled fiber and fall within the Green compliant guidelines. All chemicals used in our water treatment are now environmentally friendly. ABM Janitorial uses mop heads with a micro-fiber head reducing the amount of chemical needed and doing a better job of capturing the dirt in the environment. Finally, the entire fleet of vacuum cleaners were changed out to a “Carpet and Rug Institute Green Label” approved vacuum.

If you have any questions, please contact:
ABM Janitorial: 612.341.3583

When purchasing the new carpet for the skyway, the new carpet selected provided “Green” options with a recycled content of 12% post-consumer and 3% pre-consumer. The product passes the CRI Green Label Plus certification for low VOC emissions and it meets the USGBC LEED criteria for recycled content. When replacing the carpet, we recycled the 2,000 yards of material pulled from the four skyway bridges in order to start the recycling process all over again.

For more information on what you can do to purchase recycled material or recycle existing finishes go to

Energy Management & Water Conservation

IDS Center ownership made a capital investment to replace the once-through water system to a closed-loop system that delivers water serving tenants’ individual package units, which are typically used to cool their computer rooms. Annual savings equate to over 40 million gallons of water not being flushed down the drain, which is an estimated savings of $275,000 per year for tenants on the loop.

In 2010, one of the 400-ton chillers were retrofitted with three Maglev Turbocor “magnetic” compressors. This technology has been calculated to have saved 111,000 kwh, which equates to $9,000. The installation of a lighting control system throughout the tower was completed in 2010. Based on an energy study, the system will pay for itself in approximately seven years, saving 500,000 kwh per year. In addition to these savings, we have received a significant rebate of $50,000 from Xcel Energy. Energy projects completed in 2011 included the conversion of all decorative lighting in the Crystal Court and on the skyway bridges to LED fixtures and a full retrofit of the lighting in the parking garage. This retrofit replaced 175-watt metal halide lamps with T5HO fluorescent fixtures with motion sensors, with anticipated savings of $25,000 annually.

Community Opportunities

The IDS Center has approximately 50 bike racks located both in/outside the property for your use, free of charge. In addition, each May through October, we participate in the Nice Ride program, which has approximately 500 bikes for short term rental in their system. The property is located on the main SW corridor for Metro Transit buses. Two bus stops are located on the Marquette Avenue side of the property. Finally, all tenants and visitors can use the interactive kiosk located in the Crystal Court to locate their bus routes, current schedules and to check on the current state of the roads through a link to Minnesota traffic management.

IDS Center also offers 20 free bike racks on the exterior of the property and another 30 racks located on the three underground parking levels and in addition to these bike racks, a secured bike storage room. The bike storage room is located on P3 parking level, and requires the tenant’s IDS access badge to activate a card reader to gain access to the space. The space has new LED lighting, controlled by motion sensors to eliminate the need to turn on/off the lights. The bike storage room can accommodate up to 35 bicycles with its bike rack system.  Within this room there is a bike service station which has wrenches, screwdrivers, a tire pump, and the necessary tools to maintain a bicycle.  Tenants who ride to work, may use the unisex shower located on one of the multi-tenant floors or utilize the locker room/showers within the Fitness Center, located on the 3rd floor.

Community Partners