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August 22, 2007 06:00 ET

Toronto Hydro's Conservation Customer of the Week: Greening Toronto One Roof at a Time-Ryerson University 'Walks the Talk'

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 22, 2007) - Toronto Hydro-Electric System ("Toronto Hydro") would like to commend its Conservation Customer of the Week, Ryerson University. This summer, the utility is showcasing business customers who are 'walking the talk' and Ryerson University is setting an example for Toronto through its investments in green roofs.

In 2004, through a generous donation from broadcaster Valerie Pringle, (Ryerson Radio and Television Arts '74), and her husband, Andrew, Ryerson installed the Andrew and Valerie Pringle Environmental Green Roof on the George Vari Centre for Computing and Engineering, covering approximately 10,000 square feet. The roof, covered with low-maintenance day lilies, not only has environmental and energy benefits, it has research benefits as well. Equipped with sensors that monitor precipitation, water retention and run-off, and carbon dioxide concentration, it's used in the research projects of Ryerson faculty and colleagues from around the world.

Green roofs add an insulating layer atop buildings, keeping heat inside during the winter and outside during the summer, reducing the cost of summer cooling and the cost of winter heating in addition to extending the life of the roof. They store a large amount of water, reducing the load on Toronto's storm water system, and improve the quality of the water they release back into the system.

Because of energy-efficiency measures like this green roof, the George Vari Centre for Computing and Engineering was enrolled in the Federal Government's Commercial Building Incentive Program and received the maximum possible rebate. For businesses that want to follow Ryerson's lead and build green technology into their plans, Toronto Hydro offers another reason to invest - the Business Incentive Program (BIP). Designed to encourage energy conservation and load management projects within the commercial, industrial, institutional and multi-residential sectors, BIP offers financial incentives based on kilowatt savings. Businesses (25,000 square feet or less) can apply for retrofit program funding, which will have a lasting effect on energy loads and consumption.

For more information on how you can get paid for kilowatt savings, visit

Ryerson first installed a green roof in 1987, atop the Athletics Centre. The central point of the campus, the grass roof measures approximately 40,000 square feet and is used daily by students, staff and the community. Ryerson earned recognition for its investment in green roofs this year with the Green Toronto Award for Green Roofs.

About Ryerson

Ryerson University is Canada's leader in career-focused education, offering more than 95 PhD, master's, and undergraduate programs in the Faculty of Arts; the Faculty of Communication & Design; the Faculty of Community Services; the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science; and the Ted Rogers School of Management. Ryerson University has graduate and undergraduate enrolment of 24,000 students. With more than 64,000 registrations annually, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada's leading provider of university-based adult education.

About Toronto Hydro-Electric System

A wholly owned subsidiary of Toronto Hydro Corporation, Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited delivers electricity through a complex network of poles, wires and underground structures to 678,000 customers and distributes approximately 18 per cent of the electricity in the province of Ontario. Toronto Hydro Corporation is owned 100 per cent by the City of Toronto.

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