OLG announces new environmental initiatives



    
    Reducing Paper Use on Lottery Tickets

    Canada's First Gaming Facility to use 100% Green Electricity
    

    BRANTFORD, ON, May 22 /CNW/ - The Ontario Lottery and Gaming
Corporation's (OLG) CEO Kelly McDougald was joined today by Brantford Mayor
Mike Hancock to announce a reduction in the size of lottery tickets and the
targeting of silver LEED certification for the Brantford casino. These are the
latest in a series of measures aimed at reducing OLG's environmental impact as
part of OLG's Bet on Green program.
    "OLG's 'Bet on Green' environmental program is a key priority for the
corporation. The program is supported by clear commitments to reduce our
environmental footprint in all areas of our business - from casino
construction to the printing of lottery tickets," said Ms. McDougald. "Today
we are proud to be announcing action against these commitments."
    Starting on Tuesday, May 26, Ontario's lottery tickets will be reduced by
15-20 per cent depending on the game. Affected games include Lotto6/49, Super
7, Lottario, Payday, Ontario 49, Pick 3, Pick 4, Daily Keno, Proline,
PointSpread, ProPicks and the change will take effect early next week.
    "With this change, not only will OLG be saving 3,000 trees annually - the
equivalent of 25 million pieces of paper - but with a cost savings of around
$1 million, we will be able to return additional funds to the province to
reinvest in critical priorities like health care and education," said
McDougald.
    The reduction in paper consumption represents action against one of OLG's
green energy commitments. Another key target in OLG's program is that within
five years, 90% of the electricity used to power all OLG facilities across the
province will be from clean and renewable sources.
    Dave Levac, MPP for Brant said, "Energy conservation is a priority of the
McGuinty government and OLG should be commended for its leadership role in
finding ways to use clean energy."
    In January of this year, as part of the $37.5 million renovation of
Casino Brantford, OLG converted all its energy consumption to 100 % green
electricity from renewable sources. This is also a requirement to meet the
corporation's goal to achieve silver certification through the Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, supported by the Canadian
Green Building Council. As a result, Casino Brantford is the first gaming site
in Canada to use 100% green electricity. Converting to green electricity at
Casino Brantford is the equivalent of taking more than 400 cars off the road
this year.
    As the largest employer in Brantford, OLG continues to support the
Branford area with the creation of 200 construction jobs in the area over the
next 18-24 months of the renovation.
    Mayor Hancock applauded the environmental efforts of OLG in his
community. "We are extremely proud to be the first city in Ontario that will
host a LEED certified green casino. I congratulate OLG in continuing to be a
great community partner in Brantford in all areas of its business."
    An environmental consultant will guide the renovation team through the
targeting and implementation of "green" requirements. OLG has awarded the
construction management contract to Govan Brown & Associates which has
extensive experience in building and renovating facilities to meet high
environmental standards.

    OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games
and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG lotteries, casinos, slots, and resort
casinos have generated more than $28 billion for the benefit of the Province
of Ontario. Gaming proceeds support Ontario's hospitals, amateur sport,
recreational and cultural activities, communities, provincial priority
programs such as health care and education, and local and provincial charities
and non-profit organizations through the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

    
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                                 Bet on Green
                     Initiatives at OLG Casino Brantford
    

    OLG is committed to pursuing business practices that consider the health
of our environment, the economic strength and vitality of our communities and
the quality of life of future generations. This is why OLG has launched Bet on
Green - an internal initiative designed to improve the environmental impact of
OLG's operations and increase green awareness among our customers and
employees.
    Through Bet on Green, OLG will work toward three primary goals:
    
    1. Reduce its overall paper use by 80 percent within the next five years;
    2. Educate customers and employees about living green;
    3. Become a global leader in energy-efficient gaming.
    

    Reduce paper use

    OLG online lottery tickets will be reduced in size between 15-20 percent.
This will save an estimated 3,000 trees - or 25 million pieces of paper - and
about $1-million in paper costs every year - funds that can be re-invested in
communities, health care and education by the Province of Ontario. The games
which will now feature smaller tickets are 649, Super 7, Lottario, Payday,
Ontario 49, Pick 3, Pick 4, Daily Keno, Proline, PointSpread, and ProPicks.
    Over the next 12 months, OLG intends to reduce the size of tickets by a
further 20 percent.

    Educate customers and employees

    OLG is committed to educating employees and customers about green issues
and how decisions and behaviours can have long term and lasting effects on the
environment. Each of our sites has a Bet on Green employee committee.
    An interactive computer kiosk will be located in the front entrance to
educate customers and employees on the green measures being implemented at
Casino Brantford. Lottery digital signage networks are also being used to
promote green events, such as Earth Hour.
    Some of the achievements of the local Brantford Bet on Green team
include:
    
    -  Provided blue boxes for all offices to recycle paper
    -  Purchased containers for separation of waste, glass and plastic, and
       encouraged employees to make a difference at work
    -  Seeking Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green
       Building Rating System (LEED) certification with the re-image project
       by complying with LEED requirements in water efficiency, energy
       efficiency, materials selection, recycle building materials.
    -  Purchased enough green power to power both the Brantford Casino and
       the Lesmill Data Centre (where most of OLG IT systems operate) with
       100% green electricity.
    -  Converted to Green products in Front Services
    -  Reduced paper towel consumption
    -  Many employees signed up to participate in Earth Hour and on Earth
       Day, OLG employees across the province contributed to Pitch-In Canada
       by cleaning up local public spaces
    -  Established a bulletin board to keep employees informed of green
       initiatives
    -  Conduct regular employee green team meetings
    -  Had 2 waste audits conducted which indicated areas where improvements
       can be made in reduction and recycling
    -  Currently investigating options such as composting organic waste.
    

    Energy-efficient gaming

    OLG Casino Brantford recently started an ambitious $37.5-million
renovation that will improve the player's gaming experience and set a new
standard for environment-friendly gaming sites and obtain Silver certification
in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) - a worldwide standard
used to identify energy-efficient facilities.
    This Casino Brantford refurbishment will create 200 direct and indirect
jobs in the community and consist of:
    
    -  Installing Energy Star appliances;
    -  Updating the plumbing fixtures to improve water efficiency;
    -  Giving priority to locally and regionally sourced materials with a
       high recycled content;
    -  Providing bicycle racks and showers, as well as designated
       carpool/vanpool parking spaces to staff to encourage the use of
       alternate transportation.
    

    OLG's Casino Brantford has become the first gaming site in Canada to use
100 percent green electricity. Converting to green electricity at Casino
Brantford is the equivalent of taking more than 400 cars off the road. In the
next five years OLG plans to obtain 90 percent of its electricity for Ontario
gaming site from clean and renewable resources.

    
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