On December 4, 2014, Caledon’s Town Hall received two awards for Team Excellence and Building Performance at CivicAction’s Race to Reduce Awards. These categories recognize buildings in the Race to Reduce that have demonstrated active and sustained landlord and tenant collaboration for energy conservation, and most significant energy reductions between 2012 and 2013.
The Town of Caledon, guided by its Corporate Energy Management Plan, demonstrated significant success in reducing energy use at Town Hall. Between 2012 and 2013, Town Hall energy use fell 19 per cent through the collaborative efforts of the Facilities Management Team and staff.
“This is an excellent example of staff commitment to continuous improvement through innovative collaboration; my congratulations to all staff who contributed to this project,” said Mayor Allan Thompson.
“The positive behaviour change and energy reduction results have given our team the support and enthusiasm we need to move forward and accomplish even greater energy conservation efforts across Town Facilities” said David Loveridge, Director, Public Works.
How the Energy Reduction Was Achieved
Staff established a cross-departmental Corporate Energy Team tasked with identifying, prioritizing and executing actions to increase staff energy literacy, reduce energy use, and promote behaviour change. This team identified a series of Town Hall improvements which, through staff collaboration, led to significant energy reductions. To continue this momentum, an Energy Dashboard has been developed to further engage staff and track energy reduction progress. The Town’s energy reduction successes have been featured in case studies through the Mayor’s MegaWatt challenge, and at municipal peer exchange opportunities.
About the Race to Reduce
Race to Reduce is a challenge to all participant office buildings in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to collectively reduce energy use 10 per cent between 2011 and 2014 through tenant and landlord collaboration. This Challenge emerged from the recognition that GTA office buildings account for 20 per cent of carbon emissions, 37 per cent of electricity and 17 per cent of natural gas use.
The Race to Reduce is an initiative of CivicAction: a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that brings together senior executives and rising leaders from all sectors to tackle some of our region’s toughest social, economic and environmental challenges.