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Partners in Project Green Establishes Sustainable Hospitality Consortium

Aug 11, 2010

(TORONTO - August 11) Partners in Project Green (PPG), an initiative led by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), has established a new Sustainable Hospitality Consortium. This is the first of its kind in the GTA. The Partners in Project Green Sustainable Hospitality Consortium is a facilitated team of organizations in the Pearson Eco-Business Zone that are committed to attaining World Class Environmental Sustainability Performance. A survey by the Hotel Association of Canada this year showed an increasing awareness of environmental issues among hotel guests and an increased importance to the promotion of eco-friendly practices to their guests. The hospitality sector in the Pearson Eco-Business Zone, 12,000 hectares in the Greater Toronto Area that includes the entire Toronto Pearson International Airport as well as portions of the Region of Peel, City of Toronto, City of Mississauga and City of Brampton, had a total energy consumption of 2,505,000 GJ in 2008. Members of the Hospitality Consortium are striving to reduce their consumption by leveraging each other's strengths through sharing, learning and improving to achieve accelerated results in their sustainability programs.

Toby Lennox, Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communications at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority stated that "The hospitality sector is an important and long-standing employer in the Pearson Eco-Business zone.  This resource group will bring together hospitality companies to share best practices, learn from each other and drive down costs while accelerating sustainability initiatives for employers such as hotels and others in this sector located in the vicinity."  Mr. Lennox added, "The Partners in Project Green Sustainable Hospitality Consortium is another great example of how the Pearson Eco Business zone is creating a competitive advantage for business through collaboration with the surrounding community." 

Members of the Partners in Project Green Sustainable Hospitality Consortium are committed to environmental sustainability for their organization. Members include: the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, Delta Toronto Airport West, Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Airport, International Centre, Sandalwood Suites Hotel Toronto Airport and Woodbine Entertainment Group.

"Woodbine Entertainment Group is committed to environmental sustainability throughout its operations," said Jane Holmes, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Woodbine Entertainment Group, Founding Business Partner and Ambassador of Partners in Project Green. "The PPG Sustainable Hospitality Consortium facilitates dialogue between like minded hospitality operators to share and develop best practices for our industry."

Each member of the consortium will have full ownership over the direction of the consortium through the creation of a vision and an annual strategic plan, while all administration for the team is the responsibility of Partners in Project Green.  Sharing, learning and improving are facilitated through consortium events, individual member company coaching days, and facility assessments.  Membership privileges include sustainability diagnostic for measurement and development of individual members, access to the High Performance Consortium Network (a national network) and access to specialized resources.

"The International Centre is committed to 'greening' our business and working with others to share resources and best practices," said Michael Prescott, CEO, International Centre.  "The PPG Sustainable Hospitality Consortium was conceived by our Director of Operations and Sustainability, Trevor Lui, who is engaging our partners in the community to ensure that the Pearson Eco-Business Zone receives international recognition."

Each member of the PPG Sustainable Hospitality Consortium are already leaders in their sector when it comes to striving to be green and have accomplished the following:

  • Between 2004 and 2008 the Greater Toronto Airports Authority saved approximately $13 million on electricity and $730,000 on heating and cooling through various energy saving initiatives
  • The Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Airport is on track to become Canada's first LEED Certified Hotel, which sets it as a flagship leader in green building
  • The International Centre has implemented a vigorous Sustainability Program, and works with Ontario farmers to provide local food options for events
  • Delta Toronto Airport West has successfully achieved a 4 key rating under the Hotel Association of Canada's Green Key Eco-Rating Program which is a direct result of the hotel's commitment to sustainability through its recycling and energy savings programs
  • Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) has aggressive energy management practices in place, which included a $2 million dollar retrofit of their boiler systems, resulting in savings of approximately $500, 000 every year, and  WEG was awarded the Recycling Council of Ontario's Gold Minimization Award in 2009 for its commitment to sustainability
  • Sandalwood Suites Toronto Airport has partnered with LiveClean to calculate their carbon footprint, find ways to reduce that footprint, and offset what they can't avoid

 

About Partners in Project Green

Partners in Project Green, an initiative led by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, is a growing community of businesses working together to green their bottom line by creating an internationally-recognized Eco-Business Zone around Toronto Pearson. Through new forms of business-to-business collaboration, Partners in Project Green delivers programming that helps businesses reduce energy and resource costs, uncover new business opportunities, and address everyday operational challenges in a green and cost-effective manner. For more information, visit www.partnersinprojectgreen.com

 

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