Sustainable energy champions and leaders in sustainability across Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia opened their doors this past weekend, showcasing their projects and sharing their experiences. More than 200 venues opened their doors, demonstrating a variety of technologies from solar, wind, and geothermal, to energy-efficient buildings, electric vehicles, as well as featuring different ways of living sustainably.
Over 10,000 visitors utilized this opportunity to learn and exchange ideas with homeowners, members of community groups, organizations, and business who are the trailblazers that lead the way for climate action.
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Visitors came from all over and even included people from abroad. Like Mr. Richard Hooker, a graphic designer and photographer visiting from the UK, who while researching sustainability in Ontario prior to his visit, came across the Green Energy Doors Open website. “I'm interested in learning what people are doing to advance sustainable practices wherever I go, and hope to be able to document these efforts one day. I was stoked to find out about Green Energy Doors Open and am glad that I was able to visit a few of the sites on my first day after arriving in Toronto.”
“Climate change is a cause of concern for many and the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) is proud to be able to showcase solutions to our climate change challenge through this initiative. Green Energy Doors Open consists of the annual showcase and a blog with stories, videos, podcasts and case studies that enable people to share ideas and learn from each other all year round,” says Nicole Risse, OSEA’s Executive Director.
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"Buildings and transportation account for about 70% of greenhouse gas emissions in urban centres, so greening our buildings is essential. The good news is that it's doable. At TD, our green building program is the key reason we've been able to reduce GHG emissions from energy by 20% since 2008, despite occupying 26% more space," says Karen Clarke-Whistler, TD's Chief Environment Officer. "Green Energy Doors Open is a great opportunity to see a huge range of innovative green buildings. It's incredibly inspiring, and we are excited that the idea of Green Energy Doors Open is spreading and now includes other provinces, such as Alberta and British Columbia."
“At Enbridge, we believe in sustainability and are concerned about the impacts of climate change. With and for our customers, we have worked for years striving to find innovative solutions to save energy and to improve the overall efficiency of their buildings. That is also why we started the “Savings by Design” initiative, which is a collaborative, multi-stakeholder approach to gain maximum energy efficiency in new building structures. We are proud to partner with OSEA on this campaign as it gives us the opportunity to inform the public about this part of our business,” explains Shannon Bertuzzi, Manger, Residential Energy Solutions of Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.
“Our members are very excited to be supporting this initiative again,” says Joe Mulhall, President of the Canadian Union of Skilled Workers. “Green Energy Doors Open hosts are teaching us that we can power, heat, cool and move sustainably, while building resilient and prosperous communities and acting responsibly to mitigate Climate Change.”
For more information about Green Energy Doors Open and to read our blog, please visit our website (www.GreenEnergyDoorsOpen.ca) and follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/greenenergydoorsopen/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/GEDOntario).
Green Energy Doors Open is a province-wide, year-round communications campaign and a showcase of individual, community and commercial sustainable energy projects organized and spearheaded by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association. The initiative aims to showcase advancements in the sector, demonstrating that Ontario is already on the path to building a 100% clean and sustainable energy system. Green Energy Doors Open takes place in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia.
The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) is championing a prosperous Ontario with a thriving sustainable energy sector, good jobs, resilient communities and healthy environments powered, heated, cooled and moved by portfolios of sustainable energy by raising public awareness, advising decision makers and establishing forums for new market opportunities and collaboration. Find us on the web at www.ontario-sea.org.
Green Energy Doors Open Press Package
Nicole Risse, Executive Director, OSEA
416-977-4441 ext. 3