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Partners in Project Green Eco-Business Summit

Sep 27, 2010

(TORONTO - September 27) Partners in Project Green will be a holding a two-day Eco-Business Summit on September 30th and October 1st at the International Centre. The Summit is focused on giving businesses the skills they need to realize energy reduction opportunities - getting beyond the big picture of why businesses should reduce their costs, and giving hands-on training on how to identify, sell and implement energy projects.

 "The Pearson Eco-Business Zone is home to many examples of sustainability in action," said Brian Denney, CAO Toronto and Region Conservation. "There are a countless number of reports that show that greening the bottom line can provide a competitive advantage. The Eco-Business Summit is a gathering of like-minded businesses ready to take action."

 Businesses will be able see first-hand practical applications on how to green operations, reduce costs and develop new business opportunities. Attendees participate in  Energy Management Training sessions, with one training stream focusing on financing energy projects and one training stream focusing on operational management.. Their second day includes a Sustainable Business Tour with a visit of local business leaders sustainability initiatives in the Pearson Eco-Business Zone.

 "As a founding partner of Partners in Project Green, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority is proud to support the Green Eco-Business Summit," said Toby Lennox, Vice President Corporate Affairs and Communications with the GTAA.   "Through the sustainability tour, we hope that participants will gain an understanding of how our Co-Generation plant and Fire and Emergency Service Training Facility functions, and how both have helped us "green" our bottom line. The Partners in Project Green Eco Business Summit is another great example of how the Pearson Eco-Business Zone is creating a competitive advantage for business through sustainability initiatives in the surrounding community."

A keynote address by Gretchen Hancock, General Electric will kick off the Eco-Business Summit on September 30th at 9:00 am. The address will cover ways in which GE's ecomagination business strategy has been leveraged to drive energy efficiency into its operations with concepts based in Lean Manufacturing. An overview of approaches will be shared that both drive energy and operational productivity into various types of facilities, including lessons learned and plans for the future. The keynote will conclude with some thoughts about how companies can understand their key process drivers, develop and energy and GHG management strategy that aligns with company culture, and prepare a strategic plan that leads to success.

Event Details

Date: September 30th and October 1st, 2010

Location: International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga, Ontario MAP

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day

Cost: Members - $150 for both days, $100 for one day.  Non-Members - $200 for both days, or $150 for one day.

Website: www.partnersinprojectgreen.ca/eco-business-summit

 

2010 Eco-Business Summit Itinerary

Day 1 - September 30th

Part 1: How to Talk Like an Accountant
Focusing on helping energy managers speak like accountants in order to sell their energy projects, this training session will utilize hands-on tools to help attendees build the business case for implementation.

Part 2: Navigating Financing Models
With the business case established, this training session will highlight different financing models to help businesses implement their energy reduction projects.
 

Stream 2: Operational Management
Part 1: Sustainable Energy Planning
Benchmarking your company against 60 of the world's best practices in energy management, this session will help your company develop a Sustainable Energy Plan that provides a roadmap for reductions and highlights easy, low-cost opportunities from simple management and operational changes.

Part 2: Operational versus Technical
Building on the sustainable energy plan process, hear first hand from from local companies how a Sustainable Energy Plan can result in improved performance and productivity.
 

Day 2 - October 1st
Sustainable Business Tour - a tour of local businesses and their sustainability initiatives.

Sustainability Tour 1:

  • The International Centre - The International Centre has implemented a vigorous Sustainability Program. See it in action during this breakfast tour.
  • Lange Transportation - See first-hand how Lange Transportation retrofitted their 30 year old warehouse/office to be more energy efficient, and see how their geo-thermal system provides all of their heating and cooling needs.
  • GTAACo-Generation Plant - This co-generation facility is able to generate electricity and use the excess thermal load to heat and cool Toronto Pearson.
  • GTAA Fire and Emergency Service's Training Facility - This LEED Silver Fire and Safety Training Institute uses passive solar design, radiant heating, a green roof, and energy efficiency to make it one of the most sustainable buildings at Toronto Pearson.
  • Molson-Coors - A leader in energy management and recycling, tour Molson's production line and finish the day off with a visit to their pub.

Sustainability Tour 2

  • The International Centre - The International Centre has implemented a vigorous Sustainability Program.See it in action during this breakfast tour.
  • Sims Recycling -Nothing goes to landfill from Sims Recycling - and they recycle anything with a plug and then some. Visit their production line and see how electronics are recycled at the end of their lives.
  • GTAA Fire and EmergencyService's Training Facility - This LEED Silver Fire and Safety Training Institute uses passive solar design, radiant heating, a green roof, and energy efficiency to make it one of the most sustainable buildings at Toronto Pearson.
  • Loyalty One - Currently home to the largest rooftop solar installation in Canada, this LEED Double Gold building highlights the latest in green office design.
  • Molson-Coors - A leader in energy management and recycling, tour Molson's production line and finish the day off with a visit to their pub.

 

 

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

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