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December 11, 2000
Toronto Public Library launches energy efficiency program
Works and Emergency Services --- The Toronto Public Library is embarking on a
Better Buildings Partnership program to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in
the city by implementing energy efficiency and building renewal retrofits in
library buildings.

The Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) is a co-operative program planned and
implemented by the City of Toronto's Energy Efficiency Office,
Enbridge-Consumers Gas, Toronto Hydro, the Toronto Atmospheric Fund and energy
management firms. The BBP program helps building owners to improve and
modernize buildings through energy and water-efficient retrofits. The aim of
the program is to promote and facilitate energy efficiency retrofits in
Toronto's industrial, commercial and institutional sectors.

Energy use creates greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide that
contribute to global warming, smog and other harmful emissions. The City of
Toronto has set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent by

DukeSolutions Canada, an energy management firm, was selected to implement the
comprehensive energy efficiency and building renewal retrofits in public
library buildings. The company has developed similar programs for other BBP
participants such as Toronto Dominion Centre, First Canadian Place and Toronto

The City will host a launch event at the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge
Street, on Tuesday, December 12, 2000, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Guest speakers
include Dr. David Suzuki, Councillor Jack Layton, Gillian Mason, vice-chair of
the Toronto Public Library Board, and Tom Tamblyn, president of DukeSolutions

"We are delighted to be the first public sector organization in the city since
amalgamation to participate in the Better Buildings Partnership program," said
Josephine Bryant, City Librarian. "By making our buildings more energy
efficient, we will increase their comfort and reduce carbon dioxide emissions
that contribute to global warming and smog."

The industrial, commercial and institutional sectors contribute about 37 per
cent of greenhouse gases in the city. Modernizing and retrofitting the city's
library buildings will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 4.2 million kilograms
a year and energy consumption by 4.2 million equivalent kilowatts a year, while
saving the City approximately $300,000 a year.

Building owners can learn more about the BBP program by calling the City's
Energy Efficiency Office at 416-392-1500 or visiting its Web site at

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