November 30, 2010
Media Release

The Regional Municipality of York receives Going Green Award

Housing York Inc. recognized for environmental leadership in non-profit housing sector
NEWMARKET – The Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association recently awarded a Going Green Award to Housing York Inc., the non-profit housing corporation operated by The Regional Municipality of York.  The award recognizes Housing York Inc. for taking innovative steps to reduce its impact on the environment.
 
“It is indeed an honour to be recognized as a leader in making our housing supply more energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “Everyone benefits when we take the lead in adopting competitive and sustainable technologies and practices.”
 
Housing York Inc. developed a 10-year building investment plan, implemented an energy savings program and enhanced communication with tenants.  The use of new technologies, improved consumption management, tenant education and building retrofits have helped create environmentally and fiscally responsible social housing communities.
 
“Housing York is committed to ensure our communities remain safe, caring and competitive as places to live and enjoy a high quality of life,” said Town of Richmond Hill Regional Councillor Brenda Hogg, Chair of Housing York Inc.  “We also need to recognize the residents of Housing York Inc. as leaders in environmental stewardship because they embraced energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly practices in their homes and communities.”
 
During the past year, two new Housing York Inc. buildings received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the Canada Green Building Council.  Leeder Place in the Town of East Gwillimbury achieved LEED Silver certification and Tom Taylor Place in the Town of Newmarket achieved LEED Gold certification.
 
Environmental features recognized by both the Going Green Award and the Canada Green Building Council, which administers LEED as an assessment tool to measure sustainable building performance, include:
• a high percentage of recycled content in building materials and construction waste
• energy-efficient light fixtures controlled by occupancy sensors
• low-flow and water-saving plumbing fixtures and toilets
• new energy-efficient appliances in place of outdated models
• green housekeeping practices
• landscape designs that are drought resistant and do not rely on irrigation and frequent watering
 
Housing York Inc. operates 31 housing developments consisting of 1,977 units in all nine of York Region’s local municipalities.  Housing York Inc. offers many types of housing options from townhouses to apartments, including modified units for people with disabilities.  Seniors, families and singles live in Housing York Inc. communities.
 
For more information on Housing York Inc., please visit www.york.ca/hyi
 
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
 
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Community and Health Services, York Region
Phone: 905 830-4444 Ext. 4016 or After-hours cell: 905 716-9753
Email: jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca

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