Ontario Realty Corporation Wins Green Awards



    
    The Ontario Realty Corporation Plays Leading Role In Environmental
    Sustainability
    

    TORONTO, Oct. 20 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Today, Dave Glass, President and CEO of the Ontario Realty Corporation
(ORC) joined Gail Beggs, Deputy Minister of the Environment, and Chuck
Stradling and Nada Sutic of the Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA),
to celebrate the recognition of 135 St. Clair Avenue West as one of BOMA's
national The Office Building of the Year (TOBY) award winners.
    The facility is one of twenty-five government-owned buildings in the
Ontario Realty Corporation portfolio to be certified Go Green Plus (now BOMA
BESt) this year. The winners are recognized for demonstrating leadership in
implementing new and innovative approaches to reducing greenhouse gas
emissions and adapting to climate change.

    QUOTES

    "The ORC recognizes the vital role government realty assets play not only
in providing service delivery, but also in protecting the province's
environment," said Dave Glass. "We have a leading role in reducing the carbon
footprint of government buildings for the benefit of future generations in
Ontario."
    "Receiving BOMA BESt certification means that we have reduced energy
consumption in the building and reduced the amount of waste we generate," said
Gail Beggs. "It shows that, as tenants here, we make the environment a key
consideration in everything we do when we are on the job."
    "The BOMA BESt certification recognizes environmental excellence in the
management and operation of commercial buildings, like the Ministry of
Environment's Head Office," said Nada Sutic, Manager, Green Initiative at BOMA
Toronto. "This is a great example of what building managers can achieve in
existing assets - excellence in environmental management can build green
capital."

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   The ORC conducted initial energy audits in 2004 in order to identify
        areas to reduce energy consumption by government buildings
        provincewide, and followed up with an aggressive repair program in
        2005-06.
    -   135 St. Clair Avenue West, which is home to the Ontario Ministry of
        the Environment in Toronto, will be up for BOMA's international
        The Office Building of the Year (TOBY) award next year.
    -   One third of all greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings.

    LEARN MORE

    Learn more about the ORC's
initiatives(http://www.ontariorealty.ca/What_We_Do/Supporting_Government_Initi
atives/Energy_Conservation.htm) to reduce energy consumption in
government-owned buildings.


                    GREENING ONTARIO GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS
    

    The Ontario Realty Corporation is taking leadership on reducing
greenhouse gas emissions in each of its buildings provincewide in order to
reduce the carbon footprint and create a cleaner, greener future for our
province.
    The provincially owned building at 135 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto,
was one of 25 buildings in the Ontario Realty Corporation portfolio to be
certified as Go Green Plus (now BOMA BESt) during the 2007-08 fiscal year by
the Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA).  In addition, this facility
received the honour of being named The Office Building of the Year (TOBY)
nationally at BOMA's national awards ceremony in Vancouver on October 1, 2008.
 Next year, the facility will be in the running for BOMA's International The
Office Building of the Year Award.

    BOMA GO GREEN

    BOMA Go Green is a national environmental recognition and certification
program for existing commercial buildings. The Ontario Realty Corporation
started undertaking BOMA Go Green Plus assessments for government buildings of
a certain size in 2006-07.
    This fiscal year, twenty-five government-owned buildings in the ORC
portfolio achieved certification, including:

    
    Essex County Courthouse                             Windsor
    Garden City Tower                                   St. Catharines
    John Sopinka Courthouse                             Hamilton
    London Courthouse                                   London
    (*)OGB - 659 Exeter Road                            London
    OGB - 159 Cedar Street                              Sudbury
    OGB - 200 First Avenue                              North Bay
    OGB - 189 Red River Road                            Thunder Bay
    OGB - 435 South James Street                        Thunder Bay
    Robinson Place                                      Peterborough
    Roberta Bondar Place                                Sault Ste. Marie
    Hepburn Block                                       Toronto
    Hearst Block                                        Toronto
    Mowat Block                                         Toronto
    Ferguson Block                                      Toronto
    Macdonald Block                                     Toronto
    135 St. Clair Avenue West                           Toronto
    MacDonald Cartier Building                          Kingston
    Owen Sound Courthouse                               Owen Sound
    A. Grenville & William Davis Courthouse             Brampton
    Ottawa Courthouse and Land Registry                 Ottawa
    Building "D"                                        Downsview
    Building "B"                                        Downsview
    Lincoln M. Alexander Building                       Orillia
    OMAFRA Head Office                                  Guelph

    (*)OGB = Ontario Government Building


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For further information:

For further information: Bill Moore, Ontario Realty Corporation, (416)
314-8801

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