The Race to Reduce is on in Hamilton/Halton

$30,000 Union Gas sponsorship supports energy use challenge for commercial 
office spaces 
HAMILTON, ON, Feb. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - CivicAction's Race to Reduce smart office 
energy challenge will boost its activity in the Hamilton/Halton area, courtesy 
of a two-year Union Gas sponsorship. 
Union Gas' $30,000 contribution will help extend the challenge to more than 
3,470 office customers in Hamilton, Halton, Burlington, Oakville and Milton. 
The sponsorship will also support a free Energy Reduction Event on Feb. 21, 
2013 for office building owners, managers and tenants in the Hamilton/Halton 
area, hosted by Union Gas, CivicAction, and BOMA Toronto. 
Launched in May 2011 by the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance in the 
Toronto region, the Race to Reduce challenges commercial office building 
landlords and tenants to publicly commit to work together to reduce the total 
energy used in participating office buildings by at least 10 per cent by the 
end of 2014. The Race aims to inspire collaboration to reduce operating costs, 
energy use, and carbon emissions in the office building sector, while 
improving air quality. 
"Both landlords and tenants have a role to play in energy reduction," said 
Dave Simpson, director of in-franchise sales and marketing and customer care 
for Union Gas. "By using less energy and becoming more efficient in our 
buildings and office buildings, landlords and tenants can have significant 
impact on reducing operating costs and improving our region's environment." 
Race to Reduce provides a tool kit of technical advice, case study 
intelligence and know-how that will help organizations learn more about how 
they use energy, measure and monitor their energy use and ultimately change 
the way they operate the equipment they use to increase their energy 
efficiency and to reduce their energy use. 
"Landlords and tenants often have competing objectives, which is a significant 
barrier to energy reduction when tenants are responsible for up to half of a 
building's energy use," said Brad Henderson, senior managing director of CBRE 
Limited, and voluntary co-chair of CivicAction's Commercial Building Energy 
Initiative which created the Race. "The Race to Reduce provides a unique 
opportunity for landlords and tenants to work together toward a shared and 
measureable energy reduction goal that is beneficial to both on so many 
At the Feb. 21 event at Burlington City Hall, representatives from the 
region's utility companies will join CivicAction, BOMA Toronto, and WWF's 
Living Planet @ Work to share case studies on capital, operational, and 
behavioural best practices for reducing energy use in commercial office space. 
Union Gas and saveONenergy incentive programs for energy audits, equipment, 
retrofits and training are just some of the energy reduction opportunities 
that will be highlighted. For more information and to register visit 
Union Gas has been dedicated to energy conservation and reducing its 
environmental footprint for over 15 years. Since it first began offering 
Demand Side Management programs in 1997, Union Gas has delivered over 4.3 
billion cubic metres of natural gas savings, and reduced carbon monoxide 
emissions by the equivalent of removing 1.4 million cars from Ontario's roads 
for a year. 
About Union Gas
Union Gas Limited is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and 
distribution company based in Ontario with 100 years of experience and service 
to customers. The distribution business serves about 1.4 million residential, 
commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities across 
northern, southwestern and eastern Ontario. One of Canada's Top 100 Employers 
for 2013, Union Gas is a Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company with assets of $5.8 
billion and approximately 2,200 employees. For more information, visit 
About CivicAction 
For the past 10 years, the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance (CivicAction) 
has brought together senior executives and rising leaders from all sectors to 
tackle some of our region's toughest social, economic and environmental 
challenges. CivicAction sets a non-partisan agenda, builds strategic 
partnerships, and launches campaigns, programs and organizations that 
transform our region. CivicAction is led by a board of directors and a 
75-leader steering committee. For 2012-2013, CivicAction has three areas of 
focus: accelerating regional transportation; enhancing the region's economic 
performance; and fostering inclusion and resilience. For more information 
visit:, @CivicActionGTA. 
The Race to Reduce is funded in part through the Conservation Fund of the 
Ontario Power Authority. For more information or to join the challenge, visit or contact Tiffany Vong at or 
416-309-4480 x503. 
Andrea Stass, Manager, External Communications and Media Relations Ph: 519 
436-5490 or 1-800-571-8446 ext. 5005490 Cell: 519 365-1010 
SOURCE: Union Gas Limited 
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