Green Matters

Ontario Shores Grounds Ontario Shores a Greening Health Care Award Recipient

Ontario Shores energy savings efforts were recognized with the Greening Health Care Award in 2015. Greening Health Care is the largest program of its kind in North America, helping hospitals work together to lower their energy costs, raise their environmental performance, and contribute to the health and well-being of their communities.

This award recognizes health care organizations that achieved a 5 per cent or greater energy savings over the previous baseline year, which in our case is 2011, the last time we won this award. Ontario Shores saw an overall 6.5% reduction in total energy consumption, the majority of which was achieved in 2015.

As a responsible and concerned corporate citizen of the Town of Whitby and the Province of Ontario, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) wants to do our part to protect and preserve the environment. Ontario Shores will promote cost-effective business practices consistent with the following principles:
  • Adhere to all environmental laws and regulations
  • Support and encourage recycling of materials used within the hospital
  • Minimize waste and ensure that contaminated waste is disposed of in a safe and responsible manner
  • Seek, evaluate and implement methods to limit use of non-renewable resources
  • Reduce emissions of toxic or dangerous substances into the air, water or earth
  • Pursue conservation of water resources and energy efficiency
  • Actively participate with government, academic institutions, businesses, and the public to encourage environmental values and practices

Our Goals

As part of our ongoing commitment to energy conservation and transparency, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) updated its 10-Year Conservation and Demand Management Plan in 2018.

The 2014-2023 plan is the result of a comprehensive review of our energy use in 2014 and was developed with the support of Energy Efficiency Inc. In line with the Green Energy Act, 2009, the plan shows our energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from May 2010 to November 2013 and identifies activities and projects that will help reduce waste and reach efficiency targets. This plan was created using the framework from the Ontario Provincial Government and the Greening Health Care Conservation Action Plan.