Ontario government goes green (August 01, 2007)
TORONTO – The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has chosen Toronto as the home of the WorldGBC secretariat, Ontario Environment Minister Laurel Broten announced in a statement. The secretariat will operate from the Kortright Centre at The Living City Campus northwest of Toronto.
Broten also announced that the McGuinty government will be implementing WorldGBC standards for the construction or renovation of government-owned office buildings, including the adoption of a green roof project for its buildings which will cut costs for heating and cooling, reduce the heat island effect and prevent rain water runoff. “Energy use in buildings is responsible for 40 per cent or more of greenhouse gas emissions in the developed world,” Broten said.
The World Green Building Council, founded in 1999, supports a number of green building rating systems including the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design building standard. The WorldGBC currently operates in 10 countries and is in the beginning stages of adding 16 more. The Living City Campus was built and is maintained by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, a government body responsible for the management of renewable natural resources in the GTA.