Greening initiatives and energy performance

Greening initiatives and energy performance

At our Markham and Uxbridge sites, we believe caring for the community goes beyond patient care. It means leaving a positive mark on the surrounding community and doing our part to be good green citizens. We are proud to be an environmental leader in our community.

We are always looking for opportunities to make our organization more environmentally friendly. Our commitment to the environment can be seen throughout the hospital and in a number of key departments including facilities, environmental services, procurement, waste management and sustainable energy.

Our partnership with Markham District Energy is a great example of working with leaders in the industry to use energy more efficiently. Other green initiatives include our LED lighting project complete with scheduled timers, a new reverse osmosis system and state-of-the-art building automation system, all of which promote energy savings and have a positive effect on our environment.

More initiatives:

  • The creation of a greening committee
  • Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) reduction in HVAC equipment and elimination of halons
  • Implementation and management of an in-house carpooling program
  • Partnership with Markham District Energy
  • Draft of environmental and sustainability policy
  • LEED silver certification process successfully completed for building B
  • Annual Greening and Sustainability Expo
  • Greening tip segment added to corporate bimonthly newsletter
  • Bike to Work Day
  • Reduction of kitchen waste by 33 per cent
  • Extending paperless initiative to using electronic tablets for patient meal ordering instead of paper menus
  • Increased battery recycling program
  • Installation of variable speed drives to HVAC units in building A
  • Replacement of light fixtures with energy efficient LED units
  • Reuse of furniture under refinishing/upholstering process – furniture materials being free of PVC
  • Installation of energy efficient cart and instrument washer
  • Replacement of morgue cooler unit with energy efficient model
  • Energy saving white roofing system
  • Rubber flooring that is entirely free of PVC, plasticizers and heavy metals
  • Elimination of all cardboard in the operating room, outpatient procedure suite, sterile processing and distribution as medical supplies are received and delivered in reusable totes
  • Exterior lighting designed to minimize light pollution onto neighbouring properties and reduce impact on the night sky
  • Low-flow fixtures to achieve a water use reduction of 40 per cent
  • Building envelope designed to increase thermal resistance

By implementing initiatives designed to decrease our environmental impact, use energy more efficiently, reduce resource consumption and increase recycling, we are helping to ensure a more sustainable future. We are determined to reduce our environmental footprint even further as we continue to grow.

Utility consumption reports

In compliance with Regulation 397/11 made under the Green Energy Act, 2009, we are required to post our utility consumption. The first year of reporting is 2011. This information is included in the following documents:

Energy Consumption Demand Management Plan – 2019

Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report 2016  Posted 2018

Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report 2015  Posted 2017

Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report 2014  Posted 2016

Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report 2013  Posted 2015

Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report 2012  Posted 2014

Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report 2011  Posted 2013

Greening Healthcare Annual Report  2017

Waste Audit and Waste Reduction Work Plan  2016

Waste Audit and Waste Reduction Work Plan  2015

Waste Audit and Waste Reduction Work Plan  2014