Ontario Realty Corporation Wins Green Awards

    The Ontario Realty Corporation Plays Leading Role In Environmental

    ST. CATHARINES, ON, Oct. 23 /CNW/ -


    Today, Hubert Labelle, Senior Vice President of Property Management at
the Ontario Realty Corporation (ORC) joined Lesley Spinney, Director of
Facilities and Business Services Branch at the Ministry of Transportation,
Charlie Rate, President of SNCLavalin ProFac and Diana Osler Zortea, President
of the Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) nationally, to celebrate
the recognition of the Garden City Tower as winner of the International The
Office Building of the Year Award (TOBY) as well as the National Earth Award.
    The 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. The winners are recognized for demonstrating leadership in
implementing new and innovative approaches to reducing greenhouse gas
emissions and adapting to climate change.


    "The Garden City Tower, with its award-winning environmental features, is
a real downtown jewel," said St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley. "I congratulate
everyone responsible for this top-quality workplace, service centre and
transit hub."
    "The ORC recognizes the vital role government realty assets play not only
in accommodating the delivery of government services, but also supporting the
province's environmental priorities," said Hubert Labelle.
    "The BOMA BEST certification recognizes that we have reduced energy
consumption and reduced the amount of waste we generate," said Charlie Rate.
"It demonstrates that, as Facility managers, we make the environment a key
consideration in everything we do."
    "The BOMA BESt certification recognizes environmental excellence in the
management and operation of commercial buildings, like the Garden City Tower,"
said Diana Osler Zortea. "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 by government buildings
        provincewide, and followed up with an aggressive repair program in
    -   The Garden City Tower, which is home to the Ontario Ministry of
        Transportation in St. Catharines, will be up for BOMA's international
        Earth Award next year.
    -   One third of all greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings.


    Learn more about the ORC's initiatives
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    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 Garden City Tower, a provincially owned building at 301 St. Paul St.
in St. Catharines, 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 being named The Office Building of the
Year (TOBY) Internationally and received the national Earth Award for 2008.
The Garden City Tower is also Canada's candidate for the International Earth
Award in 2009.


    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

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For further information:

For further information: Bill Moore, Ontario Realty Corporation, (416)

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