Toronto Community Housing hosted Community Conservation Fairs in Lawrence Heights, McCowan Road and Firgrove this summer. Residents and staff from each community were invited to attend and learn about green initiatives.
Partners City Planning, Toronto Water, Enbridge, Ontario Energy Board and others set up information booths and hosted workshops at the events. Toronto Hydro also shared information on its programs to reduce the cost of hydro for residents who pay hydro directly. And the City of Toronto's Solid Waste Management Services provided attendees with information on waste management, composting and hazardous waste disposal, giving residents a chance to safely dispose of hazardous waste materials.
"There are a lot of kids who live in this area, so sharing information about how to properly dispose of hazardous waste is not only an environmental issue ̶ it's a safety issue," said Suzanna, a resident who attended the fair in Lawrence Heights. "I found this fair very helpful and I'm so glad there is an effort to educate parents because kids need to see someone lead by example. Plus, reducing garbage reduces costs and excessive waste, which is good for residents and the environment."
These fairs represent one of the ways Toronto Community Housing is working to reduce utility usage and costs for both residents and the organization.
"At Toronto Community Housing we're committed to identifying best practices and developing standards for energy efficiency across our portfolio," said Ferdous Noman, Smart Buildings and Energy Management Coordinator, and organizer of the fairs. "We're also committed to working with our partners to educate residents and staff about our many green initiatives."
Energy cost savings can be used to support Toronto Community Housing's 10-year capital plan. Investment in capital repairs and revitalization will lead to a 10-per-cent reduction in utility costs and a nine-per-cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over 30 years.
To learn more about Toronto Community Housing’s green initiatives, visit torontohousing.ca/green.
Below: Mayor John Tory stops by the community conservation fair in Firgrove on September 2.
Below: Residents, staff and partners take part in the fair in Lawrence Heights on August 25.