The Ontario Realty Corporation Plays Leading Role In Environmental
ST. CATHARINES, ON, Oct. 23 /CNW/ -
Today, Hubert Labelle, Senior Vice President of Property Management at
the Ontario Realty Corporation (ORC) joined Lesley Spinney, Director of
Facilities and Business Services Branch at the Ministry of Transportation,
Charlie Rate, President of SNCLavalin ProFac and Diana Osler Zortea, President
of the Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) nationally, to celebrate
the recognition of the Garden City Tower as winner of the International The
Office Building of the Year Award (TOBY) as well as the National Earth Award.
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.
"The Garden City Tower, with its award-winning environmental features, is
a real downtown jewel," said St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley. "I congratulate
everyone responsible for this top-quality workplace, service centre and
"The ORC recognizes the vital role government realty assets play not only
in accommodating the delivery of government services, but also supporting the
province's environmental priorities," said Hubert Labelle.
"The BOMA BEST certification recognizes that we have reduced energy
consumption and reduced the amount of waste we generate," said Charlie Rate.
"It demonstrates that, as Facility managers, we make the environment a key
consideration in everything we do."
"The BOMA BESt certification recognizes environmental excellence in the
management and operation of commercial buildings, like the Garden City Tower,"
said Diana Osler Zortea. "This is a great example of what building managers
can achieve in existing assets - excellence in environmental management can
build green capital."
- 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
- The Garden City Tower, which is home to the Ontario Ministry of
Transportation in St. Catharines, will be up for BOMA's international
Earth Award next year.
- One third of all greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings.
Learn more about the ORC's initiatives
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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
The Garden City Tower, a provincially owned building at 301 St. Paul St.
in St. Catharines, 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) Internationally and received the national Earth Award for 2008.
The Garden City Tower is also Canada's candidate for the International Earth
Award in 2009.
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: Bill Moore, Ontario Realty Corporation, (416)