Since 2004, Exhibition Place has undertaken an environmental stewardship initiative, entitled GREENSmart; which includes the promotion of sustainable development, environmental initiatives and leading-edge green technologies and practices across the site. Our environmental initiatives have resulted in award-winning recognition across North America, such as the Platinum Waste Minimization Award from the Recycling Council of Canada and have established Exhibition Place as a world leader in energy-efficient technologies.
The program lays the groundwork for Exhibition Place to serve as a model for other organizations to operate successfully while being environmentally friendly.
The following are key elements of our program:
TREC's Wind Turbine
TREC’s Wind Turbine, the first permanent turbine in the City of Toronto. Capable of generating 1 million kilowatt-hours of power per year, the turbine also helps to displace some of the harmful chemicals that are responsible for smog and acid rain, moving up to 1,800 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.
Two Green Roof pilot projects atop the adjacent Horse Palace building. Green roofs reduce HVAC costs in underlying structures, improve site stormwater management and on a larger scale, help to reduce the urban heat island effect and ultimately cut down on greenhouse gas emissions.
A major Trigeneration project that uses a natural gas-fired generator to satisfy approximately 30% of Enercare Centre Complex’s electricity, heating and cooling needs. The project also provided an energy reduction of 7,400 tonnes of equivalent CO2 emissions by the end of 2006. The highly efficient space conditioning and electrical system, also lowers energy costs and provide greater energy security.
A Geothermal Plant installed in the Press Building replaced the conventional heating/cooling system with a ground source heat pump system at a cost of $700,000. Significant energy efficiencies have been achieved by using the natural temperatures of the ground both as a heat source in the winter and a heat “sink” in the summer. The Press Building Geothermal Plant saves 110,000 kilowatt-hours per year of electricity and over 15,000 cubic meters of natural gas. The efficiency of the project is 100%.
Lighting retrofits to decrease energy consumption and improve exhibit halls’ overall light levels. The installation of energy-efficient ballasts and lamps in Enercare Centre’s main Exhibit Halls and public spaces will result in an annual reduction of 2.3 million kilowatt-hours of energy use. LED-technology was utilized in our exterior building naming signage for its superior energy efficiency. These projects were completed in June 2006.
A photovoltaic plant that uses the adjacent Horse Palace’s 130,000-square-foot flat roof to collect solar energy. This 100kw plant when constructed was the largest in Canada and our future plans to expand the plant to 1 to 2 megawatts will reduce CO2 emissions annually by 1,906 tonnes.View the Horse Palace Solar Report
Use of LED streetlights at Exhibition Place. The new LED streetlights at Exhibition Place dramatically reduces city lighting costs and cuts greenhouse gas emissions. Each streetlight comprises 117 LEDs to produce the same intensity as a conventional streetlight. LEDs, however, use 50% less electricity and last 5 times longer.
The following are key elements of our program:
An urban forestry program, which preserves and renews the urban forest. There are over 3,018 trees across the site and the Sakura Tree Project and the naturalized garden are recent initiatives. The site is watered using lake-water irrigation piped from nearby Lake Ontario.
Linen Free Rooms
Linen-free meeting rooms. Classroom set-ups feature linen-free tables as a standard set at Enercare Centre. New T-leg classroom tables with an attractive melamine finish will serve to conserve water, and reduce environmentally harmful dry-cleaning of table linens.
The program has seen the introduction of initiatives on the premises to separate and recycle waste materials (including glass, paper, wood, plastic and food waste). Enercare Centre uses and recycles 100% PC hand towels for all of our public washrooms, and has recycling and safe disposal programs for special items such as batteries, fluorescent lamps, paint and toner cartridges. To date, the facility is already diverting 82% of its overall waste.
Environmentally-Friendly Food Packaging
Enercare Centre’s exclusive caterer; Spectra supports a food packaging recycling program that includes compostable or recyclable materials. All of the following packaging products are diverted from traditional landfills; hot and cold cups, lids and straws, plates, napkins, utensils, salad packaging & dressing containers, and wraps & sandwich packaging in all of the venue’s concession stands. Enercare Centre supports these recycling efforts by utilizing a 4-stream recycling bin in all event spaces which can accept; paper, plastic & cans, compostable food waste and litter.
Use of (Forestry Stewardship Council) FSC paper products. The office staff of Enercare Centre utilizes 100% post-consumer recycled paper printed with soy vegetable inks for letterhead, business cards, printed materials and envelopes. Printing of these materials was handled through an FSC certified printing company. Photocopy paper is also recycled.