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Partners in Project Green focused its efforts in 2014 on strengthening the Pearson Eco-Business Community and driving results.





We continue to believe that amazing things happen when organizations feel a strong sense of connection to their neighbours, and share an investment in the success of the entire community.

For this reason, Partners in Project Green has placed heavy emphasis on collaborative undertakings, such as our materials exchanges and collective infrastructure projects. Our goal is to create opportunities for community members to engage with one another — whether sharing innovative ideas and best practices through our Energy Leaders Consortium, or taking advantage of networking events like our Sustainability Duke Out.

2014 Partners in Project Green Sustainability Duke Out event

Let the games begin: the second annual Partners in Project Green Sustainability Duke Out.

Partners in Project Green also recognizes that real success, for our community members, means hard numbers: the dollars saved, the tonnes of waste diverted, the amount of greenhouse gas avoided.

With this in mind, we made driving results one of our top priorities for 2014. We invested much of our energies into large, collective undertakings — such as our stormwater infrastructure projects and our new open Electric Vehicle Network — that will deliver significant and quantifiable impact.

Partners in Project Green members tour Calstone's stormwater infrastructure project

Partners in Project Green members tour Calstone’s stormwater infrastructure project.

Partners in Project Green in 2014 engaged and interacted with 567 different businesses, municipalities and organizations in the Greater Toronto Area.

You will find below a summary of the collective results from each of the Partners in Project Green Performance Areas.



Energy Performance
Partners in Project Green community members reduced their equivalent CO2 avoidances in 2014 by 5,292 tonnes. LEARN MORE

Partners in Project Green hosted 20 community events, with 1,130 total attendees, and generated more than 1,000 sustainability projects through its People Power Challenge. LEARN MORE

Waste Management
Partners in Project Green community members successfully diverted 709.7 tonnes of waste from landfill. LEARN MORE

Water Stewardship
Organizations in the Pearson Eco-Business Zone achieved annual water footprint offsets totaling 183.7 million litres. LEARN MORE



cover page of eco planning guideIn 2014, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), Town of Caledon, Region of Peel and Lighthouse SBC developed A Guide to Eco-Business Zone Planning & Development, the first comprehensive resource to lay out the guiding principles of eco-business development along with their implementation at all stages of the planning process. The guide will serve as a model for all municipalities for the creation of more responsible, more resilient employment lands.



Our strategic focus, for 2015, remains the same: to help identify opportunities for collaboration and cooperation, and to continue building a community that works together: innovating, adopting new business models, and discovering new opportunities to prosper – sustainably.


Our Performance Areas


“In 2014, the Energy Performance within the Pearson Eco Business Zone has turned a significant corner. The Energy Performance Committee along with programs such as the Energy Leaders Consortium has made great strides building stronger partnerships with our LDCs and Enbridge Gas, facilitating the exchange of conservation best practices throughout our community, and has set an aggressive target to boost the number of EV charging stations in the GTA and Region of Peel. These initiatives have resulted in a significant reduction of GHG emissions associated with energy use and transportation, and I am looking forward even greater collective accomplishments in 2015.”

K. Brad Chittick
Associate Vice President, Supply Chain Facilities & Maintenance
Canadian Tire Retail

2014 RESULTS: 9,684 tonnes of equivalent CO2 avoidances.


» 47 organizations worked with Partners in Project Green to implement energy conservation projects expected to result in 2,855 tonnes of equivalent CO2 avoidances.

» Partners in Project Green members who have reported 2014 data collectively achieved 6,829 additional tonnes of equivalent CO2 avoidances through the implementation of energy conservation projects.




Driven by Partners in Project Green:

Seven organizations participated in the Partners in Project Green Energy Leaders Consortium, successfully implementing projects that resulted in 18,793 eMWh and $1.47 million in annual savings, as well as 2,590 tonnes of equivalent CO2 avoidances.
See FEATURE STORY for more.

Partners in Project Green community members completed 39 Electricity Efficiency Assessments, resulting in 2.25 GWh in annual electricity savings.

Community members completed 20 Thermal Efficiency Assessments in 2014. One boiler replacement has already taken place, with an estimated gas savings of 20,000 cubic metres annually.

In 2014, Partners in Project Green assisted and secured commitments from nine companies to install 33 electric vehicle charging stations as part of our Electric Vehicle Network collective project.

Lange Transportation: With assistance from Partners in Project Green, Lange Transportation president and owner Eric Lange purchased a Nissan Leaf and installed two publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations at the company’s head office and warehouse in Mississauga. Fully networked on December 10, the stations provided 23 charging sessions and 150 kWh of power in 2014.

new electric vehicle charging stations at Lange Transportation

Medallion Corporation: With the help of Partners in Project Green, Medallion completed assessments and began procurement in support of a series of projects: two underground parking garage LED lighting retrofits, booster pump replacements, and a portfolio-wide LED exit sign retrofit. These projects are slated for completion in early 2015, and are expected to result in electricity savings of more than 1 million kWh.


Driven by Our Community Members:

Air Canada: The airline has distributed approximately 3,500 tablets to pilots, allowing them to review flight plans, weather and operational documents digitally. Replacing traditional paper flight bags will decrease aircraft weight and fuel consumption, and reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 200 tonnes a year. Air Canada rouge also acquired its first Boeing 767 equipped with “winglets,” which reduce drag and improve fuel efficiency. The airline estimates that annual CO2 emissions will be reduced by 4,000 tonnes for every Boeing 767 that receives this retrofit.

Bentall Kennedy: The installation of high efficiency boilers at Bentall Kennedy’s Pearson Corporate Centre facility in June 2014 produced energy savings of 38,581 MWh. The company’s Small Business Lighting Program, meanwhile, offered qualifying firms across the GTA a $1,500 incentive to upgrade their lighting. Retrofits implemented under this program have so far produced an estimated savings of 39.44 kWh per day.

Campbell Company of Canada: The company successfully launched a compressed-air leak detection and repair campaign in 2014. The result: an air use reduction of 600 cubic feet per minute, and annual savings of more than $100,000.

Canadian Tire: Replacing warehouse lights at the company’s Brampton Distribution Centre with energy efficient 400W metal halide lamps in April 2014 produced an energy use reduction of 1,264,857 kWh, for an annual savings of more than $125,000.

City of Mississauga: Upgrading the Mississauga Civic Centre boiler for energy efficiency resulted in 352 tonnes of greenhouse gas reduction, and $29,238 in annual savings. The installation of an ammonia waste heat recovery project at the Hershey Centre arena saved another 222 tonnes of GHG, and cut costs by $58,422.16.

The International Centre: In January 2014, the International Centre launched a successful LED lighting test project in its Aviation Ballroom, replacing Halogen lamps with dimmable LEDs. Energy use reduction: 80,983 kWh. Annual cost savings: $9,717.93.

Ontario Natural Food Co-op: A lighting retrofit in the expanded area of ONFC’s new warehouse space and offices in August 2014 reduced energy use by 193,580 kWh, and created annual cost savings of $21,294.

Orlando Corporation: The installation of energy efficient lighting at various properties in 2014 reduced the company’s energy consumption by 1,241,386 kWh, and created annual cost savings of $148,966.27.

Pratt & Whitney Canada: Three major energy reduction projects – HVAC upgrades, improvements in electrical efficiency, and test-time optimization to reduce jet fuel usage – resulted, collectively, in greenhouse gas reductions of more than 440 tonnes, electricity savings of 194,280 kWh, and annual costs savings of more than $200,000.

Sons Bakery: The company upgraded its compressed air system in October 2014, installing a new 75 HP VFD compressor to retire its existing Load/No Load model. The result: a 155,062 kWh reduction in electricity use, and $26,000 in annual cost savings.




Energy Leaders Consortium

Energy efficiency is a win-win for businesses, helping to reduce costs while making an important contribution to climate change mitigation efforts. That’s why Partners in Project Green launched its Energy Leaders Consortium in 2014, bringing together energy professionals from across the Pearson Eco-Business Zone community to share resources and expertise, and develop strategic solutions to mutual challenges.

members of Energy Leaders Consortium on site visit

In 2014, Consortium members implemented 52 energy conservation projects, resulting in an anticipated annual energy savings of 18,793 eMWh –- more than 20% greater than the original target. This savings is equivalent to the annual electricity output of 17.1 MW of photovoltaics, the greenhouse gas emissions from 640 light duty vehicles, or the average energy use by 632 Ontario homes.

The 2014 members of the Energy Leaders Consortium were:

  • Campbell Company of Canada
  • Canadian Tire
  • Greater Toronto Airports Authority
  • Lincoln Electric
  • Molson Coors
  • Pratt & Whitney Canada
  • Sons Bakery


Our Performance Areas


Trevor Lui“As the Partners in Project Green membership expands, increasing corporate connections are made, which ultimately enhance our collective knowledge within our community. Communicating a targeted message and engaging employees in sustainability continue to be the most effective ways to improve productivity, increase employee satisfaction and green the bottom line of our member organizations. I am proud to be a part of this community-building process with organizations working towards change in the world, helping bridge the gap between knowledge and action.”

Trevor Lui
Director, Sustainability and Operations
The International Centre




Driven by Partners in Project Green:

In 2014, 16 organizational teams took part in the annual People Power Challenge, producing more than 2,700 suggestions, and more than 34,000 pledges. The top prize overall went to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, in the large enterprise category.
See FEATURE STORY for more.

Partners in Project Green members take part in 2014 spring planting


Driven by Our Community Members:

Air Canada: In September 2014, airline employees joined forces with colleagues from Air Canada Vacations to remove more than 35 kg of waste from a site near Toronto Pearson International Airport – part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.

Bentall Kennedy: As part of its ambitious ForeverGreen corporate responsibility platform, the company set up “Blue Teams” to review the sustainability of Bentall Kennedy’s corporate and regional offices, and to implement improvements. Other efforts included engaging property managers across Ontario in a fundraising campaign that helped generate $75,000-plus to support WWF Canada’s Arctic conservation work.

City of Mississauga: The City of Mississauga’s Green Leaders program is an internal effort aimed at achieving environmental sustainability in the workplace by giving staff information and incentives to take action. The 2014 focus was on waste reduction/diversion and energy. Energy use reduction: 1.3 million kWh. Annual cost savings: $80,000.

LoyaltyOne: In April 2014, LoyaltyOne conducted its annual environmental fair, which gives associates the opportunity to connect with sponsors and vendors to learn about conservation, environmental trends, and related products and services. Other sustainability efforts included environmental education Lunch & Learn sessions, and ongoing development of LoyaltyOne’s associate-run Green Team, which works in unison with property managers on monthly environmental themes and targets.




People Power Challenge 2014

For businesses committed to greening the bottom line, engaging employees is a key to success. In the People Power Challenge, businesses compete to earn points by having their staff make pledges for environmental behaviour change, offer suggestions for improving environmental performance, and take on sustainability projects.

In 2014, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) – St. Clair Corridor took top honours overall in the large enterprise category. In all, 726 employees – more than a third of the total ministry staff – took part in the competition, generating 2,423 suggestions for greening the workplace and making another 5,422 individual pledges to reduce environmental impacts at home and at work.

Partners in Project Green community members take part in 2014 People Power Challenge

Staff suggestions addressed concerns such as reducing waste and fighting climate change, and ranged from the installation of energy efficient lighting to the introduction of bins for paper re-use. Their efforts earned MOECC the first-place prize of $5,000, which has been donated to the Toronto Botanical Gardens (TBG). The funds are being used to develop a new beehive, and to support the TBG’s pollinator gardens and Bee Program.

The other honourees of the 2014 People Power Challenge were:

  • Velcro Canada (Large Enterprise Runner-up)
  • Colliers: Mississauga Executive Centre (Small to Medium Enterprise Winner)
  • Kuehne + Nagel Pendant Warehouse (Small to Medium Enterprise Runner-up)



Our Performance Areas


“We are committed to making recycling and waste management accessible and engaging for everyone. We are really pushing the boundaries and finding innovative solutions that will inspire others to take action.”

Michelle Brown
Vice President, Property Management
Bentall Kennedy Canada


2014 RESULTS: 709.7 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill.


» Partners in Project Green coordinated materials exchanges totaling 244.2 tonnes of waste.

» Pearson Eco-Business Zone members achieved an additional 465.5 tonnes of waste diversion.

waste audit



Driven by Partners in Project Green:

In 2014, the Partners in Project Green Waste Management performance area team worked with more than 40 businesses and solution providers to repurpose waste materials and divert from landfill.

Ash Trees to Lumber Pilot Project: In July 2014, Partners in Project Green brought together three different companies – Bentall Kennedy, Sawmill Sid and Weston Forest Products – to take infested ash trees destined for landfill and turn them into commercial lumber. The result: 2,462 kg of wood diverted from landfill and converted to locally sourced lumber.
See FEATURE STORY for more.

Toronto Zoo Bamboo Exchange: In April 2014, Partners in Project Green arranged for several exchanges of bamboo waste between the Toronto Zoo, Cavalerio Farms and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). The result: 31 tonnes of waste diverted in 2014, with the expectation of achieving 160 tonnes over the next four years. The material has been put to a variety of uses: landscaping, soil erosion mitigation, and constructing bee condos and habitats.

Coca-Cola Rain Barrels: Since 2011, Coca-Cola has been converting its concentrated beverage drums into rain barrels to promote storm water recovery. In December 2014, Partners in Project Green teamed up with the beverage maker to receive 50 barrels (totaling nearly 500 kg) and place them throughout the community. Partners in Project Green turned to FoodShare Toronto, which will place the 50 barrels in community gardens across the Greater Toronto Area in Spring 2015.

Partners in Project Green and Coca-Cola Canada staff conduct rain barrel exchange

Driven by Our Community Members:

Air Canada: In September 2014, the airline held an electronic waste event for its Toronto-area employees that successfully diverted more than two tonnes of e-waste from landfill.

Bentall Kennedy: Bentall Kennedy teamed with TerraCycle to recycle cigarette butts at its Mississauga office. The result: nearly 400,000 cigarette butts were collected for recycling into plastic.

City of Mississauga: In June 2014, the City of Mississauga adopted its Corporate Zero-Waste strategy, aimed at reducing the waste generated through its corporate operations and increasing diversion rates. The goal: to send zero waste to landfill.

LoyaltyOne: In March 2014, the company completed its annual waste audit, analyzing all internal waste-generation channels, from work stations and common areas to the fitness centre and washrooms. Diversion rate achieved: 87%

Ontario Natural Food Co-op: Waste management efforts in 2014 included a pilot project to recycle lunch room scraps via worm composting (result: 227 kg of food waste recycled), and an electronic waste recycling project (result: 475 kg diverted from landfill).

Pratt & Whitney Canada: The company’s waste diversion initiatives in 2014 included an effort to eliminate, reduce or recycle hazardous waste related to chemical use in its Quality and Assembly & Test departments. The result: 2,800 kg of hazardous waste diverted, and $1,800 in annual savings.

Woodbine Entertainment Group: The company’s waste management initiatives in 2014 included diverting waste at Woodbine Racetrack from landfill using waste-to-energy — with the ability to recover energy from the process. The result: 1,300 cubic metres of landfill space saved, and 4,261 tonnes of greenhouse gas reduction, and nearly 100% diversion.




Ash Trees to Lumber Pilot Project

The emerald ash borer is an invasive insect species responsible for the destruction of tens of millions of ash trees across North America. In 2014, Partners in Project Green took the lead on a pilot project aimed at helping Canadian communities deal with this costly challenge.

The Canadian Forest Service estimates that municipalities in this country could end up spending $2 billion over the next three decades to dispose of infested ash trees. Partners in Project Green brought together three local companies – Bentall Kennedy, Sawmill Sid, and Weston Forest Products – to develop a sustainable and commercially viable alternative solution.

That solution: converting infested trees into useable commercial lumber right on-site, eliminating transportation and storage challenges. Sawmill Sid milled trees at a Bentall Kennedy property, producing 2,462 kilograms of lumber, which Weston then distributed into the market.

Partners organizations participate in ash trees to lumber pilot project



Our Performance Areas


“Partners in Project Green’s Water Stewardship Committee have developed a meaningful water footprint target that drives collaborations towards reducing industrial footprints, improving on-site stormwater infrastructure, and influencing the replication of sustainable projects across the Pearson Eco-Business Zone.”

Mike Brandt
Chief Financial Officer
Monteco Ltd.


2014 RESULTS: Annual water footprint offsets totaling 183.7 million litres.


» Partners in Project Green worked directly with members to achieve 58.2 million litres in annual water footprint offsets.

» Pearson Eco-Business Zone members achieved an additional 125.5 million litres in annual water footprint offsets..



Driven by Partners in Project Green:

Brampton County Court: A 465 square metre retrofit bioswale and a 3,094 square metre infiltration drainage area were installed in July 2014. Annual water footprint offset: approximately 1,200,000 litres.

Calstone Inc.: In November 2014, Calstone installed a retrofit roof rainwater harvesting and infiltration site. Annual water footprint offset: approximately 1,900,000 litres.
See FEATURE STORY for more.

Lincoln Electric: In February 2014, the company installed a modified rinse system in its solid wire department. Annual water footprint offset: 1,194,000 litres.

Molson-Coors: A vacuum pump was installed in January 2014. Annual water footprint offset: 10,000,000 litres. The company also implemented ACF process changes in February 2014. Annual water footprint offset: 40,000,000 litres.

Pratt & Whitney Canada: In September 2014, the company replaced wash basins with low-flow units, installed low-flow shower heads, and reduced sprinkler water for required outdoor irrigation. Annual water footprint offset: 612,000 litres.

Sons Bakery: In January 2014, the company installed tray wash controls for water usage (annual water footprint offset: 1,662,000 litres), and reduced sampling time for auto blowdown from one minute to 30 seconds (annual water footprint offset: 82,900 litres). Additionally, in September 2014 the company upgraded its manual irrigation controller to a centralized smart controller. Annual water footprint offset: 1,533,000 litres.


Driven by Our Community Members:

City of Mississauga: In September 2014, the municipality installed upgrades to low-flow shower heads at Transit Centre, Meadowvale 4 Rinks, and Huron Park Recreation Centre facilities. Annual water footprint offset: 5,877,000 litres.

City of Toronto’s Water Information for Businesses Program: 14 companies completed project retrofits for water in 2014. Annual water footprint offset: 43,706,000 litres.

Credit Valley Conservation: In 2014, Credit Valley Conservation installed two low-impact development residential retrofits that included rain gardens, soakaway pits, and strategic plantings to showcase the positive impact of residential landscaping (annual water footprint offset: 20,000 litres). In addition, CVC created a rain garden project in Alton Park with Alton Public School students (125) and INTACT Insurance staff members (40).

Region of Peel’s Indoor Assessment Program: Two companies completed project retrofits for water in 2014. Annual water footprint offset: 75,880,000 litres.

Woodbine Entertainment Group: The company captured and reduced on-site rainwater and irrigation runoff and implemented process water supplementation. Annual water footprint offset: 37,000 litres.




Calstone Rainwater Harvesting Project

Partners in Project Green is dedicated to helping businesses in the community discover innovative ways to reduce their water footprint. In 2014, we worked with Calstone Inc., a manufacturer of metal furniture products headquartered near Highland Creek in Scarborough, to launch an ambitious new stormwater management project.

Calstone’s undertaking includes the installation of two 9,300-litre rainwater harvesting tanks, the addition of three rainwater infiltration ponds, and the construction of a permeable pavement walkway. Once completed, the project will divert or infiltrate approximately two million litres of rainwater annually in the Highland Creek watershed.

Partners in Project Green members tour Calstone facility

Partners in Project Green encouraged a collaborative approach to the project, bringing on board partners such as Grounds Covered Landscaping, Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP), Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), and XCG Consultants Ltd. Partners in Project Green was also a provider of funding support, along with the City of Toronto and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.