Scarborough's W.J. Morrish Building Wins A Green Makeover

    
    Ward 44 (Scarborough East) earns No. 1 spot in city-wide
    conservation challenge
    

TORONTO, Nov. 9 /CNW/ -

NEWS

In the battle for energy conservation within Toronto's city limits, Ward 44 (Scarborough East) has emerged as the clear winner and, as a result, has earned an energy audit and retrofit (worth $10,000) for its W.J. Morrish Building (Scarborough Archives) at the corner of Kingston and Meadowvale Road. The ward's green spirit came across loud and clear in the Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited ("Toronto Hydro") Count Me In Toronto Challenge, aimed at driving energy conservation through civic pride amongst Toronto's 44 civic wards.

Ward 44 swept the challenge easily but not far behind were Wards 41 and 42, both of the Scarborough Rouge River area.

The results of a recent energy audit show that the historical W.J. Morrish Building is active in practicing conservation in its operations. However it also suggests that changing incandescent lighting to compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), improving baseboard controls for heating on the main floor, installing new storm windows and upgrading their programmable thermostat would yield even more efficiency and savings.

From May 18 through September 6 the utility encouraged Toronto residents to log on to www.countmeintoronto.ca and earn 'points' for their specific ward by signing up for the challenge and participating in conservation programs like Spring Turn On, Keep Cool and peaksaver(R). Just by registering, individuals were automatically entered into a draw for one of five MacBooks. The ward that achieved the most registrations and participation in conservation-related programs throughout spring and summer would receive the prize of the energy retrofit to a public building within its civic boundaries.

QUOTES

"The Count Me In Toronto challenge was a great way for Scarborough East to show our 'green stuff' and really pull for our community, and we couldn't be more proud to have won such an amazing sustainable retrofit for our Morrish building," said Ron Moeser, Ward 44 councillor. "It takes more than one person to make our city a cleaner, greener place, but it starts with each one of us being as energy conscious as we can be."

"We wanted Count Me In Toronto to foster a greater sense of community pride within our city's neighbourhoods, and Ward 44 has set a shining example with its conservation efforts," said Toronto Hydro president and CEO, Anthony Haines. "We really wanted to inspire Torontonians to participate in as many conservation programs as possible while having fun being eco-conscious."

"We are very committed to saving energy and conservation has always been a big focus in our community," said Richard Schofield, Local Heritage consultant and architect. "We are really excited about this retrofit as this will help to restore an old historical building which has been part of the Scarborough community for years and ensure the building will be greener for many years to come."

    
    FACTS

    -   According to a recent Leger Marketing survey commissioned by
        Toronto Hydro, 87 per cent of Torontonians would like to see more
        energy conservation activities in their ward. To find out what ward
        they live in or find out how their ward placed, Toronto residents can
        visit www.countmeintoronto.ca.
    -   The Spring Turn On program was a follow up to Toronto Hydro's ongoing
        need to educate customers about CFLs. The first 350 Toronto residents
        to visit participating Toronto Canadian Tire and The Home Depot store
        locations received a free specialty CFL bulb. More than 40,000
        Torontonians took advantage of this giveaway and in-store discounts
        on power bars with timers.
    -   Switching to CFLs and using power bars with timers are great ways to
        conserve electricity and save money. In fact, making the switch to
        CFLs could save up to 75 per cent on lighting costs.
    -   More than 7,000 old dehumidifiers and room air conditioners were
        collected for this year's Keep Cool program.

    The Count Me In Toronto website was designed to promote the fun and
collaborative neighbourhood challenge. Customers were able to learn about all
the ways to earn points such as:

    -   signing up for the peaksaver(R) program;
    -   taking part in the Fridge Pick-up program;
    -   returning old room air conditioners and dehumidifiers through the
        Keep Cool program; and
    -   picking up a free specialty CFL at participating retailers.
    

About the W.J. Morrish Building

The W.J. Morrish Building (Scarborough Archives) was constructed in 1890 by W.J. Morrish primarily as a family residence with a small on-site store, which later became part of the City of Scarborough, and has been within the City of Toronto since 1998. After the passing of the Morrish family, the building was designated under the Ontario Heritage Act and despite various attempts; the property was never developed with the new owners abandoning the building. The City took possession of the property in 2000 and over the course of the next six years structural and exterior repairs were made. The building was turned over to the Scarborough Historical Society in February 2006 for final restoration. Presently the building serves as the Scarborough Archives and has a large room set aside for community meetings. Staffed by volunteers and trained archival personnel, the archives is open six days a week by appointment.

    
    Boilerplate

    The Corporation is a holding company, which wholly-owns the following
subsidiaries:
    -   Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited ("LDC") - which distributes
        electricity and engages in Conservation and Demand Management ("CDM")
        activities; and
    -   Toronto Hydro Energy Services Inc. ("TH Energy") - which provides
        street lighting services and develops energy efficiency products and
        services.
    

The principal business of the Corporation and its subsidiaries is the distribution of electricity by LDC. LDC owns and operates an electricity distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately 688,000 customers located in the City of Toronto (the "City"). LDC is the largest municipal electricity distribution company in Canada and distributes approximately 18 per cent of the electricity consumed in Ontario. The business of LDC is regulated by the Ontario Energy Board (the "OEB") which has broad powers relating to licensing, standards of conduct and service and the regulation of rates charged by LDC and other electricity distributors in Ontario.

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SOURCE Toronto Hydro Corporation

For further information: For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact: Sonia Prashar, APEX Public Relations Inc., (416) 924-4442 ext. 223, (sprashar@apexpr.com); Shannon Morton, APEX Public Relations Inc., (416) 924-4442 ext. 253, (smorton@apexpr.com); Tanya Bruckmueller, Toronto Hydro, (416) 542-2621, cell (416) 902-0440, (tbruckmueller-wilson@torontohydro.com)


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