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West Park Healthcare Receives Inaugural Greening Health Care Leadership Award

Jul 19, 2011

July 19, 2011, Toronto - Greening Health Care today announced that West Park Healthcare in Toronto has been awarded the prestigious Greening Health Care Leadership Award. The award recognizes member health care organizations that have been leaders in sustainability over multiple years.  It is Greening Health Care's highest award.

"We are proud to present the first ever Greening Health Care Leadership Award to West Park Healthcare," said Deborah Martin Downs, Toronto and Region Conservation.  "The Leadership Award goes far beyond energy and water savings by recognizing hospital corporations who have demonstrated a high-level of commitment, action and results in environmental stewardship, management and performance within their organization."

The award's inaugural winner, West Park Healthcare, has a culture of conservation.  They have been aggressively pursuing energy efficiency since the 1980's, and demonstrate a comprehensive approach to sustainability.  Their energy performance is top-notch and long standing. They show a willingness to innovate and lead, a strong commitment to engage stakeholders, and, critically for the GHC Leadership Award, they exhibit a strong focus on broader green objectives - waste management, greening their grounds, and long term relationships with patient stakeholders.

"This award represents the hard work and support of many individuals who have championed and executed West Park's conservation efforts over the last 25 years," said Anne-Marie Malek, President and CEO of West Park Healthcare Centre. "We are grateful to Greening Health Care for acknowledging the work and resources invested to make West Park a greener, more sustainable hospital."

The call for submissions for this award was made in the Fall of 2010.  Applications were vetted by a technical group with representation from Enbridge, IESO, and the City of Toronto.  In early 2011, applicants were interviewed by a panel of sustainability experts comprised of Deborah Martin Downs , Director, Ecology, Toronto and Region Conservation and Anton Pojasok, Vice President of Professional Services, Ontario Realty Corp.  

About Greening Health Care

Greening Health Care was launched in 2003 and is a collaborative program which helps hospitals work together to lower their energy costs, raise their environmental performance and contribute to the health and well-being of their communities. There are more than 60 hospitals participating in the program from Ontario, Alberta, and New Brunswick.  Members manage data, assess their energy and environmental performance and track their savings, using the largest online hospital database in Canada. They share knowledge and best-practices through workshops, webinars and e-mail to help plan, implement and verify improvements. Greening Health Care is an initiative delivered across Canada by Toronto & Region Conservation (TRCA).

For more information on Greening Health Care membership and how you can become eligible to apply for next year's Leadership Award, or simply get your facility ready to meet the demands of containing operating budgets and meeting regulations for conservation visit: http://www.trca.on.ca/understand/programs-of-the-living-city/greening-health-care/

About Toronto and Region Conservation

With more than 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. TRCA's vision is for the Living City - a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, for you today and for your children tomorrow. For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at www.trca.on.ca

 

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Elizabeth Oakley
Tel: 416-661-6600 ext 5856
media@trca.on.ca

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