From a distance, it's easy to find Exhibition Place. Just look for the 30-storey wind turbine producing 1 million kilowatt hours of energy per year. It's the first of its kind in North America and the first permanent turbine in the City of Toronto. It also stands as one of the more visible examples of Exhibition Place's commitment to reduce emissions and waste. Our environmental committment has been formalized in the 2004 Development Concept Plan and the 2009 strategy.
If you look a little closer though, you'll find that the turbine is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to environmental stewardship. With the goal of environmental responsibility, in terms of energy production and waste reduction, by 2010, Exhibition Place has adopted a number of innovative green projects. Among these you'll find:
Venue Naming Rights fees of $7M for the 10-year sponsorship of Direct Energy Centre are earmarked for environmental initiatives.
Targeting LEED Silver certification, Allstream Centre is the first conference centre in Canada to target this status. Essential LEED components of Allstream Centre include energy efficient; building automation systems, windows, HVAC, lighting control systems, a rainwater harvesting system, low VOC paints and carpets, and FSC wood treatments.
A Waste Diversion Project rendering Exhibition Place 80% waste-free by 2010. The program has seen the introduction of initiatives on the grounds to separate and recycle waste materials (including glass, paper, wood, plastic and food waste). Exhibition Place including its convention and exhibition venues use and recycles 100% PC hand towels for all of our public washrooms, and has recycling and safe disposal programs for special items such as batteries, fluorescent lamps, paint and toner cartridges. To date, we are already diverting 82% of our overall waste.
TREC's Wind Turbine, the first permanent turbine in the City of Toronto. Capable of generating 1 million kilowatt hours of power per year, the turbine also helps to displace some of the harmful chemicals that are responsible for smog and acid rain, moving up to 1,800 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.
Direct Energy Innovation Centre. A permanent educational exhibit located in the east Galleria of Direct Energy Centre, which explores energy use and the environment. Interactive displays showcase sources of energy and methods of energy conservation.
Lighting retrofits to decrease energy consumption and improve exhibit halls' overall light levels. The installation of energy efficient ballasts and lamps in Direct Energy Centre's main Exhibit Halls and public spaces results in an annual reduction of 2.3 million kilowatt hours of energy use. New energy efficient ballasts have also been installed in the Better Living Centre. LED-technology was utilized in our Direct Energy Centre’s exterior building signage for its superior energy efficiency.
A major Trigeneration project that uses a natural gas fired generator to satisfy approximately 30% of Direct Energy Centre Complex's electricity, heating and cooling needs. The project provides an energy reduction of 7,400 tonnes of equivalent CO2 emissions. The highly efficient space conditioning and electrical system lowerd energy costs and provided greater energy security. Allstream Centre will be connected to this Trigeneration project for further energy efficiency.
A Geothermal Plant installed in the Press Building replaced the conventional heating/cooling system with a ground source heat pump system at a cost of $700,000. Significant energy efficiencies have been achieved by using the natural temperatures of the ground both as a heat source in the winter and a heat “sink” in the summer. The Press Building Geothermal Plant saves 110,000 kilowatt-hours per year of electricity and over 15,000 cubic meters of natural gas. The efficiency of the project is 100%.
Linen-free meeting rooms. Classroom set-ups feature linen-free tables as a standard set in our convention and exhibition venues including Direct Energy Centre and Allstream Centre. Using ergonomic T-leg classroom tables with an attractive melamine finish will serve eliminate linens which will to conserve water, and reduce environmentally harmful dry-cleaning.
Two Green Roof pilot projects atop the adjacent Horse Palace building. Green roofs reduce HVAC costs in underlying structures, improve site storm water management and on a larger scale, help to reduce the urban heat island effect and ultimately cut down on greenhouse gas emissions.
S-M-A-R-T Movement employee trip reduction program that was implemented to limit single occupancy vehicle trips. The program challenges employees to cycle, use transit, walk or carpool in an effort to reduce emissions.
Perishable food donations and organic recycling. Direct Energy Centre and Allstream Centre’s Food & Beverage departments works with local agencies to donate perishable foods to shelters and food banks in the City of Toronto. Food waste is donated to local farmers.
A Photovoltaic plant initiative that would use the adjacent Horse Palace's 130,000-square-foot flat roof to collect solar energy. Once completed, this 100 kw plant when constructed was the largest in Canada and our future plans to expand the plant to 1 to 2 megawatts will reduce CO2 emissions annually by 1,906 tonnes.
An urban forestry program, which preserves and renews the urban forest. There are over 2,750 trees across the site and with an annual plan to increase native spaces. The site is watered using lake-water irrigation piped from nearby Lake Ontario.
Use of LED streetlights at Exhibition Place The new LED streetlights at Exhibition Place will dramatically reduce city lighting costs and cut greenhouse gas emissions. Each streetlight comprises 117 LEDs to produce the same intensity as a conventional streetlight. LEDs, however, use 50% less electricity and last 5 times longer.
Compostable Food Packaging Recycling Program Direct Energy Centre's caterer; Centerplate launched a compostable packaging recycling program which included compostable: hot and cold cups, lids and straws, plates, napkins, utensils, salad packaging & dressing containers, and wraps & sandwich packaging in all of the venue’s concession stands. Direct Energy Centre complimented the additional recycling efforts by rolling out a new 4-stream recycling bin which can accept; paper, plastic & cans, compostable food waste and litter.
Use of (Forest Stewardship Council) FSC paper products. The office staff of Direct Energy Centre and Allstream Centre utilizes 100% Post consumer recycled paper printed with soy vegetable inks for letterhead, business cards, printed materials and envelopes. Printing of these materials was handled through a FSC certified printing company. Photocopy paper used across Exhibition Place is also recycled stock.
A living wall has recently been installed in the east end of the Direct Energy Centre near Hall D. This living wall biofilter is not only a beautiful collection of plants but is a natural ecosystem purifying indoor air. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are removed from the air and the performance of our HVAC systems will improve minimizing energy costs for heating and cooling.
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