Major office landlords, tenants team up to tackle energy waste

22 million sq ft already pledged in effort to reduce energy use by 10 per cent

TORONTO, May 19 /CNW/ - CivicAction's Greening Greater Toronto today challenged Toronto region office building landlords and tenants to significantly reduce their energy use by entering its friendly but competitive Race to Reduce.

The Race to Reduce, developed by Greening Greater Toronto's Commercial Building Energy Leadership Council, is an unprecedented collaboration between building landlords and tenants to bring about smarter energy use. It is open to all landlords and tenants of office buildings across the Toronto region.

The goal of the four-year program is for landlords and tenants to work together to reduce the total energy use in participating office buildings by at least 10 per cent. Office buildings account for close to 20 per cent of the Greater Toronto Area's carbon emissions, 37 per cent of its electricity consumption, and 17 per cent of its natural gas consumption.

Even before the Race to Reduce's official launch today, 36 major landlords and tenants have entered 33 buildings representing 22 million square feet of office space - 10 per cent of the Toronto region's office building space.

Over four years, a 10 per cent reduction in these buildings alone would reduce carbon emissions by 31,000 tonnes - equivalent to taking 20,000 cars off the road for a year.*

"Office building landlords and tenants can save money, be more competitive and improve the region's environment by increasing the energy efficiency of their buildings," says Linda Mantia, Head, Enterprise Services and Chief Procurement Officer, RBC and voluntary co-chair of Greening Greater Toronto's Commercial Building Energy Leadership Council. "RBC is pleased to be participating in this unique program, as it will recognize and celebrate landlord and tenant collaboration, action and innovation in delivering economic and environmental benefits for the Toronto region."

The Race will run through to 2014, which parallels the Ontario government's timeline for energy conservation targets and supports the delivery timeframe for gas and electricity utilities' financial incentive programs that promote energy efficiency improvement projects in the office building sector.

*Based on the mean normalized energy use intensity of 27.6 ekWh/ft2/yr for Greater Toronto Area office buildings found in REALpac's 2010 Energy Benchmarking Report.

"The Race to Reduce is a great way for any office building landlord or tenant to implement environmentally sustainable practices in their day-to-day operations," says Michael Thornburrow, Senior Vice-President of Corporate Real Estate and Strategic Sourcing at BMO Financial Group and voluntary co-chair of Greening Greater Toronto's Commercial Building Energy Leadership Council. "The Race will give participants the tools and resources to set goals, improve their energy efficiency and save money."

The Race to Reduce will recognize team collaboration among building landlords and tenants, encouraging them to reduce energy use together. Annual awards will be presented for outstanding participation and engagement, innovative conservation measures and performance achievements.

For more on the Race to Reduce, or to join the challenge, visit

Landlords and tenants already participating in the Race to Reduce include:

Landlords     Tenants
Bank of Nova Scotia     ADP
Bentall Kennedy    Bank of Nova Scotia
Brookfield Properties    BMO Financial Group
Cadillac Fairview    Davis LLP
Credit Suisse Real Estate Fund   Desjardins General Insurance
Manulife Financial    DundeeWealth
Oxford Properties     eHealth Ontario
Sun Life Assurance     Humber College
Whiterock REIT     IESO
  Jevco Insurance
  Laurentian Bank of Canada
  MasterCard Canada
  Moneris Solutions
  Ontario Hospital Association
  Ontario Power Authority
  Oxford Properties
  Russell Investments
  SAP Canada
  Smucker Foods of Canada
  Symcor Inc.
  TD Bank
  Whiterock Real Estate

About Greening Greater Toronto:

Greening Greater Toronto ( is an initiative of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance (, a coalition of thousands of civic leaders acting collectively to tackle tough issues and big opportunities facing the Toronto region. More than 200 partners from corporations, government, and the non-profit sector have joined the Greening Greater Toronto initiative and support the vision of a flourishing region renowned for its environmental action and innovation.

SOURCE CivicAction

For further information:

Media Contact:
Rebecca Geller
Communications and Events Officer, CivicAction
Mobile: (416) 992-4966
Work: (416) 309-4480 x509


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