$30,000 Union Gas sponsorship supports energy use challenge for
commercial office spaces
HAMILTON, ON, Feb. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - CivicAction's Race to Reduce smart office energy challenge will boost its activity in the
Hamilton/Halton area, courtesy of a two-year Union Gas sponsorship.
Union Gas' $30,000 contribution will help extend the challenge to more
than 3,470 office customers in Hamilton, Halton, Burlington, Oakville
The sponsorship will also support a free Energy Reduction Event on Feb. 21, 2013 for office building owners, managers and tenants in
the Hamilton/Halton area, hosted by Union Gas, CivicAction, and BOMA
Launched in May 2011 by the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance in the
Toronto region, the Race to Reduce challenges commercial office building landlords and tenants to publicly
commit to work together to reduce the total energy used in
participating office buildings by at least 10 per cent by the end of
2014. The Race aims to inspire collaboration to reduce operating costs, energy use,
and carbon emissions in the office building sector, while improving air
"Both landlords and tenants have a role to play in energy reduction,"
said Dave Simpson, director of in-franchise sales and marketing and
customer care for Union Gas. "By using less energy and becoming more
efficient in our buildings and office buildings, landlords and tenants
can have significant impact on reducing operating costs and improving
our region's environment."
Race to Reduce provides a tool kit of technical advice, case study intelligence and
know-how that will help organizations learn more about how they use
energy, measure and monitor their energy use and ultimately change the
way they operate the equipment they use to increase their energy
efficiency and to reduce their energy use.
"Landlords and tenants often have competing objectives, which is a
significant barrier to energy reduction when tenants are responsible
for up to half of a building's energy use," said Brad Henderson, senior
managing director of CBRE Limited, and voluntary co-chair of
CivicAction's Commercial Building Energy Initiative which created the Race. "The Race to Reduce provides a unique opportunity for landlords and tenants to work
together toward a shared and measureable energy reduction goal that is
beneficial to both on so many fronts."
At the Feb. 21 event at Burlington City Hall, representatives from the
region's utility companies will join CivicAction, BOMA Toronto, and
WWF's Living Planet @ Work to share case studies on capital,
operational, and behavioural best practices for reducing energy use in
commercial office space. Union Gas and saveONenergy incentive programs
for energy audits, equipment, retrofits and training are just some of
the energy reduction opportunities that will be highlighted. For more
information and to register visit racetoreduce.ca.
Union Gas has been dedicated to energy conservation and reducing its
environmental footprint for over 15 years. Since it first began
offering Demand Side Management programs in 1997, Union Gas has
delivered over 4.3 billion cubic metres of natural gas savings, and
reduced carbon monoxide emissions by the equivalent of removing 1.4
million cars from Ontario's roads for a year.
About Union Gas
Union Gas Limited is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission
and distribution company based in Ontario with 100 years of experience
and service to customers. The distribution business serves about 1.4
million residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than
400 communities across northern, southwestern and eastern Ontario. One
of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2013, Union Gas is a Spectra Energy
(NYSE: SE) company with assets of $5.8 billion and approximately 2,200
employees. For more information, visit uniongas.com
For the past 10 years, the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance
(CivicAction) has brought together senior executives and rising leaders
from all sectors to tackle some of our region's toughest social,
economic and environmental challenges. CivicAction sets a non-partisan
agenda, builds strategic partnerships, and launches campaigns, programs
and organizations that transform our region. CivicAction is led by a
board of directors and a 75-leader steering committee. For 2012-2013,
CivicAction has three areas of focus: accelerating regional
transportation; enhancing the region's economic performance; and
fostering inclusion and resilience. For more information visit: www.civicaction.ca, @CivicActionGTA.
The Race to Reduce is funded in part through the Conservation Fund of the Ontario Power
Authority. For more information or to join the challenge, visit www.racetoreduce.ca or contact Tiffany Vong at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-309-4480 x503.
SOURCE: Union Gas Limited
For further information:
Andrea Stass, Manager, External Communications and Media Relations
Ph: 519 436-5490 or 1-800-571-8446 ext. 5005490
Cell: 519 365-1010