TORONTO, Feb. 17, 2016 /CNW/ - Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is proud to announce OLG Casino Brantford has received Silver Certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) from the Canada Green Building Council. This recognition is a significant achievement for OLG's Bet on Green program, and overall sustainability efforts.
LEED is the most widely used and globally recognized green building rating system. The certification process includes independent, third-party verification that a building was designed, built and is operating using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health such as sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
"OLG is taking steps to reduce our environmental footprint and, in many ways, Casino Brantford is leading the way for the organization," said Stephen Rigby, OLG's President and Chief Executive Officer. "This is a strong example of our efforts to reduce our environmental impact and demonstrates OLG's commitment to strengthening the communities in which we operate."
Several green building strategies were incorporated in the overall design and construction of OLG Casino Brantford to achieve the LEED Silver Certification including:
- 49% reduction in water consumption
- 26.3% reduction in lighting power use
- 90% of all appliances are energy star rated
- 11.3% of construction materials contain recycled content
- 8.9% of materials used in the construction are from rapidly renewable resources.
LEED Silver Certification also takes into account how the operation of the business impacts green initiatives. For example, OLG Casino Brantford aims to encourage the ongoing reduction of carbon emissions by ensuring:
- easy access to public transportation for customers and employees as it is located on two local bus lines
- customers with electric vehicles have access to two charging stations in the parking lot
- employees who wish to bike to work have access to bicycle storage and change rooms complete with showers
- an extensive recycling program is maintained and practiced within the gaming facility.
"Achieving LEED Silver Certification is a very important milestone," said Edward Day, General Manager, OLG Casino Brantford. "However, to maintain this certification it requires an extensive team effort. We at Casino Brantford are all committed to this effort."
OLG has driven environmental improvements through our Bet on Green program. For example, greenhouse gas emissions at OLG have decreased almost 16-thousand tonnes in the last four years. OLG has reduced paper use by making our lottery tickets 25 per cent smaller. Also, OLG supports various green initiatives in the communities where we operate such as sponsoring and participating in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.
OLG is a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming web site and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $42 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG's annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.
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