Win-win: Michener Institute saves money while saving the environment

In 2018, the Facilities team at the St. Patrick campus of the Michener Institute of Education at UHN found a way to save money while also reducing the building’s use of chemicals, water, and energy. The building’s cooling system was not operating at maximum efficiency due to heavy scaling of calcium phosphate in the condenser. This scaling led to an increase in energy and water usage in the summer of 2017, and it also required regular acid cleaning. As you might imagine, this type of cleaning comes with both monetary and environmental costs.

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Water tastes better without the plastic


CCSO Green Team admire their new plastic-free water cooler. Nice!

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Got Water? Conserving Blue Gold

We here in Ontario are lucky to be living next to the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth. They are a vast and vital resource, providing natural beauty, potable water, and air conditioning in your office building! The ongoing drought in California should give us a moment to appreciate how lucky we are to have such freshwater access in Canada and serve as a reminder that we must work to preserve and conserve these resources. This blog post is about water conservation – steps you can take at home (that are hopefully less draconian than those that may be imposed on Californians) and steps that UHN and other organizations are taking to cut water use.

Check out the water end use breakdown of a typical home as per the US Environmental Protection Agency. indoorwateruse_4web

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Revolution #16: Stop Drinking Chemicals

image credit: the Simpsons

It was a dark and stormy night when suddenly Rita stopped Kevin from dumping chemicals down the drain…and just in the nick of time! Kevin didn’t realize that if he dumps it, we all drink it. Thanks to Rita, he knows better and next time he’ll stop someone else from throwing chemicals in the trash or down the drain. Now looking at them all, spreading knowledge, not toxics. So beautiful (sniff).

Then Kevin went home and gathered up all his HHW (that’s household hazardous waste, for those in the know). He quickly called 311 (or emailed and booked a Toxic Taxi to pick up 10 to 50 litres worth of HHW for the low, low price of free. What a terrific Toxic Avenger!