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Sunnybrook hosts fourth annual "Earth Matters Showcase"

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Doug Nicholson

On April 4, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre hosted its fourth Earth Matters Showcase, a tradition that started in 2009 as part of the $30-million energy and facility renewal program with Honeywell. The Showcase is an annual expo that provides opportunity for hospital staff and the community to peruse exhibits featuring information on 'green' living and many of the resources and support available to facilitate a 'greener' approach.

"We are constantly striving to become a greener and more sustainable healthcare facility," said Dr. Barry McLellan, president and CEO, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. "The Showcase is an incredible opportunity to highlight the great work we are doing, while passing on invaluable information from green companies to our staff, and the community."

As part of the showcase, Sunnybrook launched its new Smart Energy Actions Program. The Program will build on the success of the Honeywell-led work, which involved the implementation of energy efficiency measures that are expected to save the hospital more than 7 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and 2.5 million cubic meters of natural gas annually. The electricity savings alone could provide enough power to run more than 630 homes per year on average.

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The Smart Energy Actions Program will focus on strategies to use energy more intelligently such as monitoring and targeting of our electricity use with digital energy metering and demand response applications to reduce our peak loads.

The keynote speaker was Andrew Bowerbank, a respected authority on green buildings, sustainable development, industrial design, and low-carbon economics. As executive director of the World Green Building Council from 2007 to 2009, he worked with international leaders to establish green building networks across Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin and South Americas.

Exhibitors at the Earth Matters Showcase included: Smart Commute, Honeywell, Grand & Toy, Blue Zone, Hydroclave Systems, Green for Life Recycling, Zipcar, Toronto Water, and Live Green Toronto.

This content was produced by The Globe and Mail's advertising department, in consultation with Sunnybrook. The Globe's editorial department was not involved in its creation.

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