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Hospital honoured by city for greening efforts

St. Michael's Hospital shows environmental leadership as first to pilot water-saving program.

Toronto, March 24, 2008

Greening cheque presentationSt. Michael's Hospital was presented with a $60,906 cheque recently for its participation in the city's capacity buy-back program for reducing water use at the Hospital by 200,000 litres per day, enough water to meet the daily needs of 300 Toronto homes.

The Hospital was the first organization to take part in the program and is expected to be awarded another $40,000 for further water use reductions.

As part of Toronto's WaterSaver program, businesses that successfully reduce water receive a rebate of 30 cents per litre of water saved, while the city is able to buy back water or sewer capacity freed up by participants who reduced their water use.

The initiative is part of a larger strategy at the Hospital to green its workplace through staff awareness and improvements in energy, water and waste consumption.

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