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Kortright Centre for Conservation Powers Up with Solar Energy

Jun 08, 2010

(TORONTO, June 8) On Tuesday, June 15, the Power Trip Trail, a 1.6 km trail that houses the nation's largest educational showcase of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies is getting a make-over, thanks to the generous support of HSBC Bank Canada who have invested $100,000 to help support educational programming and interactive equipment upgrades including new solar-powered bicycle generators.

Fifty-five Grade five students from Mackenzie Glen Public School in Maple, Ontario, will help test two new solar-powered bicycle generators that produce electricity to power a deep well pump and will also take part in the "Go Fly a Kite" wind energy program.

Date:                Tuesday, June 15

Schedule:        10:45 a.m   Media check-in at the Power Trip Trail

11:00 a.m. Tour of the Power Trip Trail

11:30 a.m. Students test new solar-powered generator bike station

11:45 a.m.  Students learn about wind energy and participate in Kortright's Go Fly a Kite program

11:50 a.m. HSBC staff to move solar displays

Noon:  Cheque presentation, photo opportunities and light refreshments

Who:               David Love, Executive Director, The Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto

Gary Wilson, Chief Credit Officer, HSBC Bank Canada

Location:         Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, ON

"With the growing concern over climate change, we've seen an increase in the number of visitors to the Power Trip Trail wanting to learn more about green technologies," said David Love, Executive Director, The Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto. "We needed to make the trail self-guided and more interactive to help people understand the potential of solar and wind energy. Through the generous donation from HSBC Bank Canada we will be able to continue to inspire the 100,000 school children and adults who annually visit the Power Trip Trail."

The funding supports the education programming at the Power Trip Trail and upgrades to the hands-on activities along the Trail to help visitors see how much work the sun and wind can do.   New interactive displays include two bicycle powered generators that produce electricity and powers a deep well water pump. The display shows how much work the solar panels do in providing electricity to the pump. The enhancements will provide visitors with a comprehensive educational experience, turning the current Trail from a walk and talk activity to an interactive experience for all ages for both guided and self-guided tours.

"Society is dependent on the state of the environment; if we degrade it we damage our future prospects so we focus a large part of our community investment on environmental initiatives", said Gary Wilson, Chief Credit Officer, HSBC Bank Canada.  "We are particularly pleased to support this educational initiative, giving people in the Greater Toronto Area an opportunity for hands on experience with alternative energy sources."

Toronto and Region Conservation

With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look-after the natural environment. Our vision is for The Living City®, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity.  For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at

HSBC Bank Canada

HSBC Bank Canada, a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, has more than 260 offices, including over 140 bank branches, and is the leading international bank in Canada.  With around 8,000 offices in 88 countries and territories and assets of US$2,364 billion at 31 December 2009, the HSBC Group is one of the world's largest banking and financial services organization.


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Media contact:

Rowena Calpito, Supervisor, Media Management, Toronto and Region Conservation,

416-661-6600 ext 5632, 416-358-3446 (mobile),


Sharon Wilks, Senior Manager, Public Affairs, HSBC Bank Canada



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