-Release of 2011 Annual Report Shows Partners in Project Green Forging
Path to Greener Business Practice-
TORONTO, June 8, 2012 /CNW/ - Partners in Project Green, an
internationally recognized Eco-Business Zone which encompasses Canada's
largest employment area, has released their 2011 Annual Report. Over
the past year, the program has gained significant momentum and made
unprecedented growth, both in the number of businesses taking part in
Partners in Project Green initiatives and in the actions of these
businesses in conserving resources, which when combined, illustrate a
fundamental shift in the perspective of Toronto area businesses towards
environmentally responsible practices and more sustainable resource
"Partners in Project Green has continued to attract a strong following
in the 3rd year since its inception," says Brian Denney, Chief Administrative
Officer for Toronto and Region Conservation. "We have seen a growing
interest in the program by companies and an active increase in the
number of business involved in energy efficiency projects - with a
total of 3,527 companies participating over this past year. This has
resulted in record amount of electricity and water conserved by local
companies. Companies in the Pearson Eco-Business Zone are becoming
national leaders in sustainability and continue to show a concerted
effort to making a positive impact in their communities. We applaud
them for all their efforts in helping protect both our environment and
Highlights of this year's report include -
316 businesses were engaged in Partners in Project Green programs;
674 companies and 1,465 participants attended Partners in Project Green
training events and networking sessions;
3,527 companies engaged in energy conservation efforts thanks to the
collaboration between Partners in Project Green, Enersource Hydro
Mississauga, Hydro One Brampton, Toronto Hydro and Enbridge Gas,
reducing electricity consumption by 46,500 MWh and natural gas use by
over 3,000,000 m³; and,
64,302 MWh of renewable energy was generated and used by businesses in
the Pearson Eco-Business Zone through local solar installations and
Bullfrog Power's Green Power Challenge.
"After another successful year, it is clear that Partners in project
Green is continuing to serve genuine needs," said Toby Lennox, of the
Greater Toronto Airports Authority - a founding partner in Partners in
Project Green and Chair of the Partners in Project Green Steering
Committee. "The number of companies engaged, projects undertaken and
uptake of the collaboration model continues to demonstrate that
thousands of companies are interested in turning sustainability into
real business opportunities."
The Annual General Meeting also announced the 2012 Partners in Project
Green Sustainability Awards, which were created to recognize the
innovative and inspiring work of local companies who are embracing
sustainability and realizing the business benefits of their actions.
This year's award theme is 'Employee Engagement in Sustainability'. One
award will be given out in each of the major business sectors in the
area consisting of manufacturing, office, hospitality and logistics.
The winners will be announced at a networking reception in October. For
more information, or to download the award applications, please visit www.partnersinprojectgreen.com/sustainabilityawards.
Other accomplishments of 2011 include:
494 companies utilized energy management training.
47 companies went through the Eco-Efficiency program, which provides a
review and assessment of existing utilities, and implementation
assistance for conversion to more sustainable energy options.
12 companies hired interns through the Energy Management Co-op Program.
43 companies, working in concert with the City of Toronto and Region of
Peel, reduced a total of 137,747,350m³ of water annually.
31 companies in the Pearson Eco-Business Zone are utilizing Smart
Commute, which helps employers and commuters explore different
transportation options like carpooling, teleworking, transit, cycling
1,000 trees, 2,660 shrubs, and 800 wildflowers were planted, covering an
area of 12,300 m³.
1,000 metres of trails were developed, 1,300 metres of riparian habitat
were protected, and 650 metres of aquatic habitat were enhanced.
10 companies participated in the Kids in Nature Corporate Challenge.
18 LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified
buildings, and 180 BOMA BESt (Building Owners and Managers Association,
Building Environmental Standards) buildings are located in the Pearson
To view a copy of the 2011 annual report please visit www.partnersinprojectgreen.com/2011annualreport
About Partners in Project Green
Partners in Project Green, an initiative led by the Greater Toronto
Airports Authority and Toronto and Region Conservation, is a growing
community of businesses working together to green their bottom line by
creating an internationally-recognized eco-business zone around Toronto
Pearson. Through new forms of business-to-business collaboration,
Partners in Project Green delivers programming that helps businesses
reduce energy and resource costs, uncover new business opportunities,
and address everyday operational challenges in a green and
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