Media Advisory - The Social Housing Services Corporation, GLOBE and Toronto Hydro-Electric System to launch film on youth and conservation in social housing communities

    TORONTO, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - What roles do youth and social housing
communities play in our efforts to become more environmentally sustainable and
build cultures of conservation? The Social Housing Services Corporation,
Toronto Hydro-Electric System and Green Light on a Better Environment (GLOBE)
are launching Greenhouse, an inspirational short film that explores how
community leaders and youth are leading the greening of social housing and
changing the way we use energy and think about the environment.

    When:   Thursday, February 19, 2009
            7:00 p.m. - reception
            7:30 p.m. - Greenhouse screening (duration is 11 minutes)

    Where:  Atahualpa Housing Co-Operative
            3 Brimley Road
            Toronto, ON
            M1M 3W2

    How to get there: Click on the map quest link

    Greenhouse is a compelling and hopeful film about the transformative
power of youth, community building and conservation in Toronto's social
housing residences. It shows how the enthusiasm of kids and the dedication of
community champions are creating more healthy and sustainable environments.
    Greenhouse is part of a Community Champion Program, delivered by SHSC,
Toronto Hydro Electric System and GLOBE This peer-led program, takes a unique
approach to changing behaviour by educating and engaging social housing
residents and staff in activities to help develop a culture of conservation.
The Community Champion enables the residents themselves to become agents of
change in their own communities.
    Community Champions and housing staff received energy conservation
training, focused on the importance of resident behaviour. Greenhouse follows
three champions as they promote conservation within their social housing
buildings and to their families.
    In addition to the Community Champion Program, in 2007 and 2008, SHSC,
GLOBE and Toronto Hydro Electric System worked together to reduce electricity
demand by 3.805 MW, equivalent to taking close to 2,700 homes off the grid.

    About SHSC

    The Social Housing Services Corporation (SHSC) is a non-profit
corporation that provides innovative services designed to empower social
housing providers to develop safe, affordable homes and vibrant sustainable
communities. SHSC offers such business-oriented solutions as insurance,
investment, gas purchasing, energy management and research, to address the
needs of the affordable housing community.

    About GLOBE

    Green Light on a Better Environment (GLOBE) is a subsidiary of SHSC. It
provides an integrated program of energy audits, support services, resources
and education to help social housing providers navigate the world of energy
and build a culture of conservation in their communities.

    About Toronto Hydro-Electric System

    A wholly-owned subsidiary of Toronto Hydro Corporation, Toronto
Hydro-Electric System Limited delivers electricity through a complex network
of poles, wires and underground structures to 678,000 customers and
distributes approximately 18 per cent of the electricity in the province of
Ontario. Toronto Hydro Corporation is owned 100 per cent by the City of

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Toronto Hydro, Dayana Bonifaz,
Communications and Customer Relations, Infrastructure and Design, Phone: (416)
542-3366, Email:; SHSC/GLOBE, Louanne Keay,
Marketing & Communication Manager, Phone: (416) 594-9325 ext. 239, Email:

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