TORONTO, June 14, 2013 /CNW/ - Water is a precious resource - although
it covers two-thirds of the planet, only about 2.5% is fresh water that
is suitable for drinking. Conserving our water use today will help
ensure this resource is available for generations to come. A $40,000 grant from the RBC Blue Water Project will see the existing
water cycle system at the Earth Rangers Centre (ERC) further developed
to ensure the most efficient use of water for the building and
"We are truly proud to be recognized by the RBC Blue Water Project as an
organization that is making a difference when it comes to water
conservation," said Peter Kendall, Executive Director, Earth Rangers.
"The Earth Rangers Centre is a global leader in building operations and
this grant will allow us to further develop our water monitoring
systems to ensure 100% efficiency in our water usage."
"With Vaughan - and Greater Toronto as a whole - growing so quickly,
there's an increasing strain on our water resources," said Rina
Pillitteri, RBC Regional Vice President for Vaughan. "Thanks to Earth
Rangers, we're getting a better understanding of the water cycle and
the impact of urban development on consumption and quality."
The water system at the ERC manages all water needs entirely on-site and
sees 1.7 million litres of water recycled annually. "This grant will
allow us to install additional meters to complete the water monitoring
for the green roofs, white roof, rain water capture and reuse systems,
storm water mitigation strategies and waste water treatment plant,"
said Andy Schonberger, Director, Earth Rangers Centre. "This
information will provide a complete picture of water use and
conservation for the ERC, how the technologies interact with each other
and their associated ROI."
About the Earth Rangers Centre: The Earth Rangers Centre (ERC) is an advanced green building,
certified Platinum under LEED for Existing Buildings and Gold under New
Construction. The ERC was designed to embody Earth Rangers' values, to
show that we practice what we preach, and to serve as inspiration to
everyone who walks through our doors.
Located in Woodbridge, Ontario and home to the Earth Rangers staff and
Animal Ambassadors, the ERC is a showcase of leading edge sustainable
building technology including energy metering, smart automation and
controls, innovative water and wastewater management, solar generation,
green roofs, and geothermal heating and cooling. The ERC is proof that
a building can operate effectively and efficiently, while minimizing
the impact on the environment. For more information, visit us at www.ercshowcase.com.
The Earth Rangers Centre is headquarters to Earth Rangers, the kids'
conservation organization, dedicated to educating children and families
about biodiversity and inspiring them to become directly involved in
protecting animals and their habitats. Through programs including a
children's website, www.earthrangers.com, a permanent studio at the Royal Ontario Museum and a School Outreach
Program featuring live Animal Ambassadors, Earth Rangers is able to
reach, inspire and enable millions of children each year to take action
to help ensure the lasting survival of species in Canada.
About RBC Blue Water Project: The RBC Blue Water Project is an historic, wide-ranging, 10-year
global commitment to help protect the world's most precious natural
resource: fresh water. Since 2007, RBC has pledged over $36 million to
more than 500 charitable organizations worldwide that protect
watersheds and promote access to clean drinking water, with an
additional $6 million pledged to universities for water programs. In
2013-2014, the RBC Blue Water Project will focus on supporting
initiatives that help protect water in towns, cities and urbanized
areas. For further information, visit www.rbc.com/bluewater.
Image with caption: "(left to right): Peter Kendall, Executive Director, Earth Rangers; Rina Pillitteri, Regional Vice President, RBC; MPP Steven Del Duca (CNW Group/Earth Rangers)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130614_C8292_PHOTO_EN_28040.jpg
SOURCE: Earth Rangers
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Media Relations, Earth Rangers
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