Hydro Ottawa Limited

Hydro Ottawa Limited

March 10, 2008 08:00 ET

Hydro Ottawa Recognizes Wal-Mart Canada for Local Sustainability Efforts

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 10, 2008) - Wal-Mart Canada is doing more than just rolling back its prices; it's reducing its environmental footprint, too. Hydro Ottawa is applauding the company's local sustainability efforts, awarding Wal-Mart Canada its 'Companies for Conservation' award for March.

Since 2005, Wal-Mart Canada has been aligning its operations with its environmental goals: to produce zero waste; to be powered 100 per cent by renewable energy; and, to make more environmentally preferable products available to customers.

The company's commitment to environmental sustainability has been formalized in its For the Greener Good program, which focuses on forging partnerships, creating initiatives and selling products that support environmental sustainability.

Wal-Mart Canada's new Trainyards store, in Ottawa, is just one of the many places the company's sustainability activities are evident. Built last year, the store features a high-efficiency refrigeration system, LED exterior signage system and increased roof insulation resulting in a 25 per cent reduction of energy loss through the roof. In addition, high-efficiency 25-watt lamps were incorporated in all sales floor lights and fixtures resulting in a 21 per cent lighting load reduction. Energy use is also closely monitored.

"Wal-Mart is one of Ottawa's leading retailers when it comes to incorporating environmental best practices into their business," says Rosemarie Leclair, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hydro Ottawa Group of Companies. "The thousands of customers that visit their stores on a daily basis also have the opportunity to learn from their efforts."

Rae-Lynn Steadwell, store manager at Wal-Mart Canada's Trainyards store, says: "As a company, and at the store-level, we're consistently looking at ways to increase what we're doing in the area of sustainability. We're doing our best to create a culture of conservation, among our associates, customers and the communities we serve. We believe that environmental responsibility starts in our backyard and we're deeply committed to "greening" our national business as a whole and our local stores."

The Trainyards store also follows Wal-Mart Canada's summertime lighting program in which stores across the country dim their lights by one-third to reduce energy use. In addition, the store runs a "Turn Out the Lights Campaign" where employees are encouraged to shut off office and back-of-the-store lights when they're not being used.

Like its local and national counterparts, Ottawa's Trainyards store offers many green products for sale and has made higher efficiency lighting a pillar of its goal to become a leader in sustainable retail. The company heavily promotes compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to its customers and has given a higher profile to CFLs on its store shelves. According to Steadwell, Trainyards will soon be including a computer on the CFL aisle display that allows customers to calculate the energy and dollar savings of replacing inefficient bulbs with CFL bulbs, thus allowing customers to realize the true savings of switching.

'Companies for Conservation' is an initiative to celebrate the exciting and innovative conservation projects being undertaken by commercial electricity users in Ottawa. The program, which started in October 2007, recognizes one local company or organization for their conservation leadership every month. These companies are making a difference by embodying a true culture of conservation.

Electricity consumers both large and small can learn more about saving electricity, and the programs that can help them do so, by visiting either www.hydroottawa.com or www.powerWISE.ca.

About Wal-Mart Canada Corp.

Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Wal-Mart Canada Corp. operates 299 retail outlets nationwide. The company's vision is to demonstrate environmental leadership by reducing the ecological impact of its operations

through company-wide programs focused on waste, energy and products, as well as outreach programs that preserve and enhance local environments.

About Hydro Ottawa Limited

Hydro Ottawa Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc., is the second largest municipal electricity distribution company in the province. Hydro Ottawa is responsible for the safe, reliable delivery of electricity to more than 285,000 residential and business customers in the city of Ottawa and the village of Casselman. Hydro Ottawa is proud to be a founding member of powerWISE®, a program developed in partnership with the Ontario Government and five other electricity distribution companies to promote energy conservation to consumers, reduce the overall demand for electricity and build a conservation culture meant to last for years to come.

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