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October 8, 2009
Villa Charities Inc. completes energy-efficient upgrades, receives over $96,000 in incentives through City of Toronto program
The City of Toronto today presented Villa Charities Inc. with an incentive payment totalling $96,769 through the Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) electricity conservation program, recognizing the organization’s decrease in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

This project highlights important energy efficiency programs that are available for the not-for-profit and social housing sectors. The BBP is committed to helping building owners and managers take full advantage of the financial assistance and other resources available to them.

Villa Charities successfully implemented efficiency lighting retrofits at three of its buildings: Caboto Terrace, Casa DelZotto and Casa Abruzzo. The retrofits are expected to result in annual savings of hundreds of thousands of dollars in operating costs and will allow Villa Charities to demonstrate environmental stewardship and contribute to building a healthy and clean city.

Combining the energy efficiency lighting retrofits of the three buildings, approximately 10,000 lighting fixtures were upgraded, saving 2,300,195 kWh in electricity annually. The resulting reduction in greenhouse gas emissions achieved through energy conservation is equivalent to removing 275 cars from the road annually.

"The Better Buildings Partnership is instrumental in helping building owners improve their buildings through energy efficiency retrofits. The program puts great importance on the multi-family sector and the potential that exists to significantly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are a result of the energy used to heat, cool and light these buildings," said Richard Morris, Manager of the Energy Efficiency Office, City of Toronto. "We are pleased to partner with Villa Charities, who has shown great commitment to their community for over 40 years to find innovative ways to make their facilities better for their users and for the environment."

The BBP offers innovative programs that provide a range of resources, including financial assistance, to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Toronto buildings across multifamily, institutional and new construction sectors. The BBP’s primary goal is to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions which come from the energy used to heat, light, cool and operate buildings. BBP is partnered with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) to offer attractive incentives for energy savings achieved in retrofits and in the energy efficient construction of new buildings. BBP also offers zero-interest loans through the City’s Sustainable Energy Funds program for institutional and not-for-profit organizations.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Cindy Bromley, Communications Manager, Finance & Administration, City of Toronto, 416-392-4993,



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