OTTAWA, Oct. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, Hydro Ottawa and United Way Ottawa
showcased how the Brighter Tomorrows Fund is helping frontline agencies that serve people who are homeless or at
risk of being homeless by reducing energy costs, improving their
facilities and creating a safe and comfortable living environment.
Nearly $140,000, including $33,000 from the provincial saveONenergy
incentive, was awarded to 10 agencies for energy conservation projects,
including replacing leaky windows, installing a high-efficiency heating
and cooling system, purchasing new energy-efficient appliances, and
upgrading lighting systems. These upgrades will help recipient agencies
reduce their energy bills and redirect savings into programming.
"The Brighter Tomorrows Fund allows Hydro Ottawa to make a meaningful and long-lasting contribution
to our community and the environment," said Hydro Ottawa President and
CEO Bryce Conrad. "It gives agencies the opportunity to invest in the
energy efficiency technologies today that can save thousands in
operating costs tomorrow. The cost savings can then go right back into
funding the core work these agencies do to support their clients."
The Brighter Tomorrows Fund is a Targeted Community Investment, managed by United Way, and secured
through the Hydro Ottawa's corporate program where it matches
employees' contributions to the community campaign and invests them in
"Thanks to Hydro Ottawa's Brighter Tomorrows Fund, the new energy efficient appliances have eliminated the need for
ongoing costly repairs to the old appliances," said Lisa Ker, Executive
Director of Ottawa Salus. "As the new energy star rated appliances are
20 per cent more energy efficient than standard models, Salus is
benefiting from reduced operating costs through electricity savings
that allow us to maintain low rents for tenants, make additional
capital repairs and reinvest in critical support programming."
Through the generosity of Hydro Ottawa and its employees, the Brighter Tomorrows Fund has invested more than $326,000 in 35 projects over three years. Over
the past 12 years, Hydro Ottawa and its employees have donated more
than $1.3 million to United Way Ottawa.
"The Brighter Tomorrows Fund brings together Hydro Ottawa`s vision and
corporate expertise with United Way's community connections and
knowledge," said Goldy Hyder, United Way's Community Campaign Co-Chair
and President of Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada. "It`s a partnership
that is making an impact on many community agencies that support some
of Ottawa's most vulnerable people. I know these investments will
continue to make a difference for many years to come."
2013 Brighter Tomorrows Fund recipients:
The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa
Multifaith Housing Initiative
Operation Come Home
Ottawa Salus Corporation
Shepherds of Good Hope
St. Joe's Women's Centre
St. Joe's Supper Table
Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa
About Hydro Ottawa
Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. (Hydro Ottawa) owns and operates two
subsidiary companies, Hydro Ottawa Limited and Energy Ottawa Inc. Hydro
Ottawa Limited is the third largest municipally owned electrical
utility in Ontario serving more than 310,000 customers in the City of
Ottawa and the Village of Casselman. Energy Ottawa Inc., Ottawa's
largest producer of green power, generates renewable energy and
provides commercial energy management services.
About United Way Ottawa
United Way Ottawa's mission is to bring people and resources together to
build a strong, healthy, safe community for all. We are best known for
our work raising and distributing funds to community agencies that help
people. But our true business is engagement, providing ways for
contributors — be they donors, partners or others — to achieve their
aspirations for our community through United Way. Our purpose is to
improve people's lives today and to create enduring, measurable and
meaningful social change in our community.
SOURCE: Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc.
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Tel: 613-738-5499 ext. 145
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