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Race to Reduce nearing 4-year target for energy conservation

Written by Paul Gallant
Published in Yonge Street Media

At this year’s Race to Reduce award ceremony, CivicAction announced it was closing in on its goal of collectively reducing participants’ energy use by 10 per cent over four years.

Three years into the friendly competition to reduce energy consumption by commercial landlords and tenants, participants have collectively reduced energy use by 7.9 per cent. “The numbers show the desire for action is there, and that if you give people the tools and motivation, they can drive real change in their own businesses and for the Toronto region,” said CivicAction CEO Sevaun Palvetzian at the December 4 event.

The past year also saw more buildings participating, with an 11 per cent increase in the number of buildings registered. There’s now more than 69 million square feet entered in competition—more than 42 per cent of the Toronto region’s office space. Landlords and tenants work together to save energy, employing an array of strategies ranging from major building upgrades to simply encouraging staff to turn off lights when there’s no one in a room.

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