From the start, Ahmadiyya Abode of Peace has made its choices with an
eye to being "green". Now those decisions are paying off.
TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Ahmadiyya Abode of Peace, a non-profit
housing provider in North York, was recognized for its pursuit of
environmental excellence by the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association
(ONPHA) this past weekend.
The ONPHA Going Green Award, one of ONPHA's annual awards, recognizes a
non-profit housing provider that is taking innovative steps to reduce
its environmental impact.
"Investments in green technology not only better our environment," says
Sharad Kerur, ONPHA's Executive Director. "They also help organizations
to lower their operating costs - it's a win-win for all of us."
Inspired by the work of others, namely Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada,
the corporation has maintained a commitment to environmental excellence
since the non-profit housing project was conceived in the early 1990's.
From simple design decisions, like ample daylight in apartments and
common areas, to the latest technologies, the staff and board of
Ahmadiyya Abode of Peace have systematically pursued opportunities to
best current environmental standards.
The organization has also made it easy for residents to "go green".
Screens in the lobby show the difference that conservation measures are
having on the amount of energy being produced by solar PV and saved
through solar air heating and water heating, and a special arrangement
with Rogers Cable Television brings that information into residents'
homes. "Involving our residents helps us to fulfill our commitment to
environmental sustainability and gives us the opportunity to educate
the community and raise awareness," says Karim Ahmad Tahir, Property
Manager at Ahmadiyya Abode of Peace, "It's an important part of our
"This is our 20th anniversary and we're thrilled to be recognized with this award," says
Tahir. "Environmental sustainability has been an important part of our
organization from the beginning and it's a tradition of which we're
For 25 years, the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA) has
been the voice of non-profit housing in Ontario. Our 770 member
organizations operate more than 163,000 non‐profit housing units in
over 220 communities in Ontario. They provide affordable homes to a
diverse range of tenants, including: seniors; low‐income families with
children; Aboriginal people; the working poor; victims of violence and
abuse; people living with developmental disabilities, mental illness,
addictions and HIV/AIDS; and the formerly homeless/hard‐to‐house.
About the ONPHA Awards:
The award winners were announced during ONPHA's 2013 conference and
trade show from October 18-20. Over 1,100 representatives from
Ontario's affordable housing sector gathered together for this
three-day event, featuring 83 workshop events and a trade show with 81
Since 1997, many individuals and non-profits have been recognized for
their contributions to the sector. There are many more that deserve to
be recognized and rewarded for their dedication to, and support of,
non-profit housing. Videos of each award recipient are available at www.onpha.on.ca/awards.
Find ONPHA online:
SOURCE: Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA)
For further information:
Executive Director, ONPHA
Property Manager, Ahmadiyya Abode of Peace