Toronto General Hospital is undergoing a major retrofit of its central chilled water plant, one that will fundamentally improve the system’s capabilities and dramatically reduce electricity costs. The plant is essential to services at the hospital, providing chilled water to equipment and ventilation. It cools operating rooms, equipment for MRI and CT scans, servers, rooms with -80ºC freezers, the cyclotron, as well as all the clinics, patient rooms, and offices throughout TGH’s two million square feet. The new system will save the Continue reading
Data is critical to facility planning. With data organizations can plan for the long term, they can make decisions based on facts, and they can weigh options against one another. I would say there are three criteria for useful data: availability, reliability, and clarity. All three are necessary; if you have data but can’t access it then it’s not useful; if you have unreliable data then it’s not useful; and if you have reliable data but it’s a convoluted mess then it will be very difficult to discern anything meaningful (i.e. not useful). Continue reading
Even though Wiarton Willie wriggled out of his groundhog burrow and predicted 6 more weeks of winter, to walk around balmy Toronto, it’s hard to tell if winter even started yet. Tomorrow, Feb 3, calls for a near-tropical 11 degrees Celsius. Expect to see Canadians in shorts.
Fittingly, it’ll cool down to around zero on Thursday, February 4th for National Sweater Day. The 4th is a big day as it’s also World Cancer Day. So though we’d like you to wear a sweater for climate-change battling reasons, you can take a no-hair selfie with our friends at Princess Margaret and show your solidarity with cancer patients. Since there’s a virtual-shave option, you won’t even catch a chill.
A couple hundred years ago, we didn’t have artificial refrigeration. In fact, in the early 1800s the Ice Revolution was just beginning, which saw thousands of tons of ice manually cut from lakes and rivers for transport to wanting cities. Can you imagine that today? People and horses cutting the ice from our lakes? An ice-cold drink on a summer’s day involved a lot more work. Today, we are fortunate enough to have refrigeration not just keeping our drinks cool, and meat fresh, but our offices and homes cool and comfortable.
Ice cutting ploughs on Grenadier Pond, 1909. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item 140.
It’s not easy keeping us cool inside during the summer. It’s 30 degrees outside, and you want it Continue reading
By now many of you have likely seen a note or two about “Operation TLC”, UHN’s ambitious and way cool initiative to cut over $2 million from its utility budget. To learn more about this awesome endeavour, Talkin’ Trash’s Second Managing Editor sat down with UHN’s Manager of Energy & Environment to talk energy, fashion and a little TLC.
Second Managing Editor (ME2): Welcome to On The Heap, Talkin’ Trash’s trash-side chat.
Manager of Energy & Environment (MEE): It’s a pleasure to be here.
ME2: So, Operation TLC is UHN’s latest energy efficiency initiative and is being led by the Senior Vice President for each of our locations – what does “TLC” stand for? Continue reading