TORONTO, May 20, 2011 /CNW/ - The Independent Electricity System
Operator's (IESO) System Control Centre has been awarded LEED® Silver
certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in recognition
of the organization's outstanding environmental performance.
A number of successful programs have been implemented by the IESO in the
last few years aimed at reducing water and energy use and reducing the
company's environmental footprint. The IESO received LEED Silver status
in the program called Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance
which covers a wide range of initiatives.
"The standards for LEED Silver are extremely high so we're very proud
that the IESO's environmental programs have been ranked so well," said
Paul Murphy, President and Chief Executive Officer, IESO. "The IESO has
a strong commitment to sustainability and we plan to continue our
efforts by finding more opportunities including further reducing our
Located in Mississauga, the three-storey building, with an area of
approximately 148,000 square feet, was built in 1990 and underwent a
30,000-square-foot expansion in 2002. A green purchasing policy for
office and building supplies and a comprehensive waste management
system that emphasizes landfill diversion and recycling are just a few
of the initiatives that helped the IESO obtain the LEED Silver
designation. In addition, water use has been reduced by 34 per cent
over the last two years with the installation of new fixtures,
sub-metering to track building and cooling tower consumption profiles
and a weather station to control lawn irrigation.
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and is an
internationally recognized green building certification program. LEED
uses a points system for evaluating an existing building's
environmental performance in the following categories: sustainable
sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and
resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation in operations.
"With each new LEED-certified building, we get one step closer to
USGBC's vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation,"
said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chair, USGBC. "As the
newest member of the LEED family of green buildings, the IESO is an
important addition to the growing strength of the green building
The IESO is responsible for managing Ontario's bulk electricity system
and operating the wholesale electricity market. For more information,
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