Race to Reduce is a unique Greening Greater Toronto program that represents collaboration between landlords, tenants and employees to encourage smart energy use and positive team-building. Greening Greater Toronto is an initiative of the Greater Toronto Civic Action Alliance, a coalition of thousands of civic leaders committed to tackling tough issues and big opportunities facing the Toronto region. It is one of the largest regional energy challenges in the world, with 196 buildings participating, representing more than 69 million square feet or 42% of commercial office space in the Toronto Region. The challenge was supported by Toronto Hydro, Enbridge Gas, BOMA, Canada Green Building Council and Real Property Association of Canada (REALpac) amongst others. Race to Reduce had a plan of action, tool kit of technical advice and case study intelligence that guided participants in increasing their awareness of energy use, measuring and monitoring their energy use, and changing the way they operate or the equipment they use to reduce or increase energy use and efficiency.
On November 5th, participants celebrated a drop of close to 12.1% in collective energy use over a four year period, surpassing the program’s four-year target of 10%. We are pleased to announce that five Crown properties were recognized in the Greatest Energy Reduction category (2011-2014). One of Crown’s corporate values is environmental sustainability, and we are proud to have been part of this four-year smart energy office challenge alligning so well with our corporate objectives. We are thrilled to celebrate this remarkable collaboration and reduction of energy consumption.