Ontario Realty Corporation accepts Green Awards

        Hon. Michael Gravelle presents Earth Award for Red River Road

    TORONTO, Oct. 24 /CNW/ -


    Today, the Hon. Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and
Mines, proudly recognized the government-owned facility at 189 Red River Road
in Thunder Bay by presenting the 2008 Earth Award to representatives of the
Ontario Realty Corporation. The award from the Building Owners & Managers
Association (BOMA) honours "exceptional efforts to promote environmental
excellence in the commercial building industry".
    The BOMA Canada Earth Award is presented to operators of a building that
have made significant efforts to address environmental challenges. The winners
are recognized for demonstrating leadership in implementing new and innovative
approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate


    "The ORC recognizes the vital role government realty assets play not only
in providing service delivery, but also in protecting the environment," said
Dave Glass, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Realty
Corporation. "We have a leading role in reducing the carbon footprint of
government buildings for the benefit of future generations in Ontario."
    "Receiving BOMA BESt certification means that we have made significant
strides to reduce energy consumption in a highly recognizable building here in
Thunder Bay," said Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and
Mines and the MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior North. "It shows that, as tenants
here, we make the environment a priority in everything we do."
    "The BOMA BESt certification recognizes environmental excellence in the
management and operation of commercial buildings, like the Red River Road
facility," said Nada Sutic, Manager, Green Initiatives at BOMA. "This is a
great example of what building managers can achieve in existing assets -
excellence in environmental management can build green capital."


    -  The ORC conducted initial energy audits in 2004 in order to identify
       areas to reduce energy consumption in government buildings
       province-wide and followed up with an aggressive repair program in

    -  The Red River Road facility is one of twenty-five government-owned
       buildings in the Ontario Realty Corporation portfolio to be certified
       Go Green Plus (now BOMA BESt) this year, and one of two facilities in
       Thunder Bay to receive the recognition.

    -  The Ontario Government Building at 435 James Street South in Thunder
       Bay has also been certified BOMA Go Green Plus (now BOMA BESt).

    -  One-third of all greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings.


    Learn more about the ORC's initiatives
(http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=834a21ffdee96af) to reduce energy
consumption in government-owned buildings.



    October 24, 2008

    The Ontario Realty Corporation is taking leadership on reducing
greenhouse gas emissions in each of its buildings provincewide in order to
reduce the carbon footprint and create a cleaner, greener future for our
    The provincially owned building at 189 Red River Road, Thunder Bay was
one of 25 buildings in the Ontario Realty Corporation portfolio to be
certified as Go Green Plus (now BOMA BESt) during the 2007-08 fiscal year by
the Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA). In addition, this facility
received the honour of winning an Earth Award, for being the "best of class"
for BOMA BESt facilities in the 100,000 to 249,999 square foot category.


    BOMA Go Green is a national environmental recognition and certification
program for existing commercial buildings. The Ontario Realty Corporation
started undertaking BOMA Go Green Plus assessments for government buildings of
a certain size in 2006-07.
    This fiscal year, twenty-five government-owned buildings in the ORC
portfolio achieved certification, including:

    Essex County Courthouse                                Windsor
    Garden City Tower                                      St. Catharines
    John Sopinka Courthouse                                Hamilton
    London Courthouse                                      London
    (*)OGB - 659 Exeter Road                               London
    OGB - 159 Cedar Street                                 Sudbury
    OGB - 200 First Avenue                                 North Bay
    OGB - 189 Red River Road                               Thunder Bay
    OGB - 435 South James Street                           Thunder Bay
    Robinson Place                                         Peterborough
    Roberta Bondar Place                                   Sault Ste. Marie
    Hepburn Block                                          Toronto
    Hearst Block                                           Toronto
    Mowat Block                                            Toronto
    Ferguson Block                                         Toronto
    Macdonald Block                                        Toronto
    135 St. Clair Avenue West                              Toronto
    MacDonald Cartier Building                             Kingston
    Owen Sound Courthouse                                  Owen Sound
    A. Grenville & William Davis Courthouse                Brampton
    Ottawa Courthouse and Land Registry                    Ottawa
    Building "D"                                           Downsview
    Building "B"                                           Downsview
    Lincoln M. Alexander Building                          Orillia
    OMAFRA Head Office                                     Guelph

    (*)  OGB = Ontario Government Building

    Bill Moore
    Ontario Realty Corporation

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For further information:

For further information: Tammy Laws, Office of the Hon. Michael
Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development & Mines, (807) 343-7808; Jeff
Giffen, Ontario Realty Corporation, (705) 564-7205

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