Exclusive Race to Reduce Portfolio Manager Training Webinar – Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Join us for an ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager webinar designed exclusively to assist Race to Reduce participants enter their building data into Portfolio Manager. Find out what topics will be covered here.

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New to ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager? We recommend the web-based training session Portfolio Manager 101: Getting Started as a prerequisite to this webinar. Learn more.

Drivers of Change: Voluntary Energy Programs, Benchmarking, and Mandatory Reporting Session at CaGBC National Conference-June 3, 2014, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Room 713A, 11:15am-12:30pm

This session examined the emerging market drivers that are creating a “perfect storm” for market transformation in Canada:

• CivicAction’s voluntary energy reduction challenge, the Race to Reduce, has shown the Toronto region’s commercial office building landlords and tenants a new way to tackle energy reduction;
• The introduction of Energy Star’s Portfolio Manager to Canada provides a common and accessible platform to benchmark, track, and compare energy data;
• Mandatory building energy transparency is spreading across the globe, recently in New York, Seattle, Chicago and many others. Now Toronto and Vancouver are considering their first application in Canada. EU and US benchmarking experience offers lessons and insights.

How do these drivers relate to each other? What are the opportunities? What are the barriers to nation-wide transformation? These questions and more will be considered by:

Linda Weichel, Vice President, Initiatives, CivicAction

Linda provides guidance to CivicAction’s projects and initiatives, while leading the Your32 campaign that champions a regional transportation network and the means to pay for it. She also oversees CivicAction’s environmental initiative, Greening Greater Toronto, and its Race to Reduce that engages commercial landlords and tenants in reducing their collective energy use by at least 10% by the end of 2014.

Linda Weichel brings 20 years of experience at Canada’s largest employee-owned public relations firm, Media Profile, to her position as she drives action across sectors to make the Toronto region prosper. She draws on knowledge of financial services, and real estate sectors, and communications with private, public, and non-profit organizations, and has successfully advanced public policy objectives over two decades. Linda encourages vibrant, walkable neighbourhoods as an advisory committee member of walking tour phenomenon Jane’s Walk.

Ian Jarvis, President, Enerlife Consulting and Race to Reduce Working Group Co-chair;

Ian Jarvis has been President of Enerlife Consulting since 2001, and is a leader in the fields of energy efficiency, green buildings and sustainable communities. From 1992-1999 Ian was CEO of Rose Technology Group, a leading energy performance contractor responsible for several of the largest energy retrofit projects in North America. He was the founding chair of the Canada Green Building Council from 2003-2007, and served as a director of Milton Hydro, one of the most progressive local electric distribution utilities in Ontario, from 2000-2007.

Ian is an adjudicator of the annual NAIOP REX Green Award, and co-chairs the working group of CivicAction’s Race to Reduce which is engaging landlords and tenants in working together to achieve energy savings in office buildings. He is a member of the National Advisory Council on Energy Efficiency, and of the Ontario Energy Minister’s Advisory Committee.

Ian Theaker, Senior Associate, Ecolibrium Strategies Inc. and CaGBC-GTA Chapter Board Member;

Ian Theaker is a pioneer in greening North America’s buildings and communities. As the Canada Green Building Council’s inaugural Program Manager, he lead adaptation of the LEED rating systems for Canada. Other signature projects include Waterfront Toronto’s climate-positive Green Development Requirements, Building Sustainability Best Practices Manual for Infrastructure Ontario, the OHSU River Campus (LEED-NC Platinum) and Lloyd Crossing Sustainable Urban Design (AIA Committee on the Environment Top Ten winner) in Portland, Oregon.
Ian recently served as a Director CaGBC’s Greater Toronto Chapter.

Philip Jago, Director, Buildings Division, Office of Energy Efficiency, National Resources Canada

Philip Jago is the Director of the Buildings Division of the Office of Energy Efficiency of Natural Resources Canada. He has been with NRCan since 1980, and has experience in energy efficiency programming involving the residential, commercial/institutional and industrial sectors.

As Director of the Buildings Division, he is responsible for the design, development and delivery of energy efficiency programs in the municipal, institutional and commercial building sectors in Canada, with the key priorities being ongoing updates to the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings and the implementation of an web-based benchmarking program (EnergyStar Portfolio Manager) for commercial and institutional buildings.

Prior to joining NRCan, he worked for several years in building construction and the restoration of heritage buildings. He is also a certified hockey trainer, working most recently with the Eastern Ontario Wild AAA Major Bantam team.

Race to Reduce Session at the Green Real Estate Forum- March 25, 2014, Session A4, 10:00-11:00am

This session examined the impact the voluntary energy reduction challenge, the Race to Reduce, is having on the Toronto region’s commercial office sector and explored opportunities to accelerate this positive shift in energy conservation practices.

For the full session synopsis, click here.


Linda Weichel, Vice President, Initiatives, CivicAction


Ian Jarvis, President, Enerlife Consulting
Roger Johnson, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Real Estate, TD Bank Group
Scott Pennock, Senior Vice President, Toronto Office Portfolio, The Cadillac Fairview Corporation, Limited

Race to Reduce Peel Region Launch – May 28, 5pm-7pm at the Toronto Congress Centre

Building on existing landlord and tenant participation in the Toronto region, the Race to Reduce will officially launch in the Region of Peel on May 28.

Already, over 400 landlords and tenants are registered in the Race to Reduce smart office energy challenge and are working together to reduce collective energy use by 10% by 2014.

Join us and learn how these organizations are benefiting from participation in the Race and connect with hundreds of senior commercial office building professionals at this evening reception at the 2012 Energy Matters Summit.

Click here for details.

Living Planet @ Work: Webinar on Landlord-Tenant Engagement: March 2012

This webinar for WWF’s Living Planet @ Work employee engagement program featured speakers from WWF, Greening Greater Toronto, and Procter & Gamble. It provided an overview of best practices and case studies in landlord-tenant engagement.

Greening Our Workplaces Tenant Series – February 2012, hosted by Bentall Kennedy

Tenants from five Bentall Kennedy buildings attended this meeting to kick off the Tenant-Landlord Partnership Program to explore opportunities for landlord and tenants to effectively work together to reduce their environmental impact.

Lobby Launch at Xerox Centre – January 2012

Race to Reduce and Epic Realty Partners Inc. hosted a lunchtime information booth for tenants at 33 Bloor Street East.

Race to Reduce Awards – November 30, 2011

We presented the first annual Race to Reduce Awards on November 30, 2011. These awards recognized and celebrated landlord and tenant leaders in the Toronto region’s office building sector, the unique partnership they have embarked on since the launch of the Race to Reduce, and the results of their collaborative effort to date. Read more.

Greening Our Workplaces Tenant Series – November 2011, hosted at Northam Realty Advisors’ Bell Trinity Square

Description coming soon.

Greening Our Workplaces Tenant Series – October 2011, hosted by Brookfield Office Properties at First Canadian Place

Brookfield Office Properties will save close to 20 per cent annually in energy use, and $1.8 million annually in energy costs at First Canadian Place, thanks to capital, commissioning, and energy management actions it has taken in the past year. Brookfield shared the business case for energy reduction projects with tenants from First Canadian Place, Exchange Tower, and Lombard Place as it kicked off a campaign to sign up tenants for the Race to Reduce smart energy office challenge. Read more.

Greening Our Workplaces Tenant Series – June 2011, hosted by Scotiabank at Scotia Plaza

Scotiabank and Scotia Plaza teamed up to kick-start their involvement with the Race to Reduce, the office building energy challenge launched last month by CivicAction’s Greening Greater Toronto. Read more.

Race to Reduce Launch Event – May 19, 2011

CivicAction‘s Greening Greater Toronto today challenged Toronto region office building landlords and tenants to significantly reduce their energy use by entering its friendly but competitive Race to Reduce. Read more.