Upgrade Cuts West Park's A/C Energy Use 37%

    Kicks off Energy Conservation Week with special event

    TORONTO, May 14 /CNW/ - West Park celebrates Energy Conservation Week
with a special kickoff that highlights the 23-year journey to improved energy
efficiency, including the latest upgrade which will cut its air-conditioning
energy use by an estimated 37 per cent.
    Since 1986, West Park has transformed its rehabilitation, complex
continuing and long-term care facility to become a leader in energy
conservation. Projects have included everything from switching to high
efficiency lighting, to the most recent project of replacing an outdated,
30-year-old chiller with two smaller, energy-efficient units. Annually, the
cooling system retrofit will improve West Park Healthcare Centre's
environmental footprint by 127 tonnes of CO(2) and will garner big savings
with a 37 per cent cut in its air conditioning energy use.
    Featuring a special address by Peter Love, Ontario's Chief Energy
Conservation Officer, and Ian Jarvis, a leader in the Greening Healthcare
movement in Ontario, the kick-off event also include a cheque presentation
from the City of Toronto's Better Buildings Partnership program for $47,480 to
recognize the successful completion of West Park's cooling-system upgrade.

    DATE:       Tuesday, May 19

    TIME:       1:00 - 1:45 p.m.

    PLACE:      Main Auditorium,  West Park Healthcare Centre
                82 Buttonwood Ave (near intersection on Eglinton and Jane)

      -  Peter Love, Ontario's Chief Energy Conservation Officer
      -  Ian Jarvis, President, Enerlife Consulting
      -  Cheque presentation from City of Toronto's Better Buildings
         Partnership program
      -  Displays

    West Park Healthcare Centre provides specialized rehabilitation, complex
continuing care and long term care services, helping people overcome their
health barriers to live the fullest lives possible after the onset of an
illness or injury. The Centre is also recognized internationally for its
expertise and research in respiratory medicine, particularly for its care for
people with tuberculosis, and its rehabilitation services for those with
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

For further information:

For further information: Vince Rice, Director, Public Relations, West
Park Healthcare Centre, Phone: (416) 243-3730, vince.rice@westpark.org;
Anne-Marie Monroe, Ketchum Public Relations (for Better Buildings
Partnership), (416) 355-7426, anne-marie.monroe@ketchum.com

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