BMO Celebrates Earth Day and Encourages Canadians to Pay Attention to Their Environmental Footprint

BMO Celebrates Earth Day and Encourages Canadians to Pay Attention to Their 
Environmental Footprint 
- Earth Day is the largest, most celebrated environmental event
- BMO offers eco-friendly tips to help reduce energy consumption and
reduce total household expenses 
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 04/19/13 -- In celebration of
Earth Day which takes place on Monday, BMO Bank of Montreal
encourages Canadians to take part and review their environmental
Established April 22, 1970, Earth Day has grown into the largest and
most celebrated environmental event worldwide, with more than one
billion people taking part to acknowledge and protect the
"BMO strives to be a leader in environmental sustainability, on Earth
Day and throughout the year," said Jim Johnston, Director,
Environmental Sustainability & Compliance, BMO Financial Group.
"Whether we're reducing our footprint, making responsible lending and
investment decisions, developing products or providing financial
support to organizations, the goal of our Clear Blue Skies
environmental strategy is clear: to integrate environmental
considerations into everything we do." 
Printing on both sides of the paper, setting up a scrap paper bin,
and turning off electronic devices and lights when not in use, are a
few little things that all of us can do to make a big difference,
noted Mr. Johnston.  
"Earth Day provides a great opportunity to take a moment and review
your environmental footprint - a large portion of which is often made
up of your household's energy usage," said Laura Parsons, Mortgage
Expert, BMO Bank of Montreal.  
BMO offers the following energy-saving tips to help Canadians reduce
their environmental impact and lessen total household expenses: 
Windows: If there is a slight breeze outside, and you do not have the
air conditioner turned on, open the windows and doors. Be sure to
open more than one window as this will allow for a cross breeze to
circulate throughout the house.  
Light Coloured Window Shades, Blinds or Drapes: Choosing a pale
colour of window dressing can reflect heat away from the house. Also
consider window film for heat and glare reduction. This can help
other cooling devices such as fans or air-conditioners work more
Ceiling Fans and Portable Fans: Neither use much energy to power, but
produce great air circulation. Generating air movement can make the
temperature in a room drop by up to five degrees. Ceiling fans are
the most effective as they blow air downwards, however portable fans
can be a great alternative. 
Programmable thermostat: One of the most effective ways to keep
heating or cooling costs down is to limit the time the furnace is
running. Program your thermostat to turn on only during times when
you will be home. 
Humidity: As humidity often makes the air feel warmer, reduce
activities that create a humid environment such as washing and drying
clothes, showering and cooking. If these cannot be avoided, turn on a
ventilating fan to help extract warm, moist air.  
Plant a Tree: Well-placed trees and shrubs can put your house under
the shade and reduce cooling costs by almost 25 per cent. Deciduous
trees should be planted facing the south and west, and conifers to
the north for maximum shade. 
Reflective Roofing: Dark coloured roofing or outside walls can
attract the thermal heat from the sun. Painting your roof or walls a
light colour or installing reflective strips.  
BMO and the Environment 
BMO achieved enterprise-wide carbon neutrality relative to its energy
consumption and transportation emissions in August 2010. This goal
was achieved by reducing and limiting emissions from transportation
and energy use, purchasing electricity from renewable energy sources
and buying carbon credits to offset the remaining emissions. BMO has
also set an emissions reduction target; the bank plans to reduce
absolute enterprise carbon emissions by 10 per cent - versus 2011
baseline levels - by the end of 2016. 
BMO is one of the initial investors in the Greening Canada Fund
(GCF), the first-ever voluntary carbon emissions reduction fund aimed
exclusively at large Canadian corporations. The fund provides direct
access to high-quality carbon offset credits and helps BMO support
Canadian-based energy efficiency projects in Canadian public schools,
hospitals and community housing. BMO's initial investment commitment
in the fund was $10 million.  
BMO is listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index,
the Jantzi Social Index and the FTSE4Good Series Index. BMO has also
been included on the Maclean's/Jantzi-Sustainalytics list of the Top
50 Socially Responsible Corporations in Canada and Corporate Knights
Magazine's Best 50 Corporate Citizens. For three years in a in a row,
BMO Financial Group has been named to the Global 500 Carbon
Performance Leadership Index by the Carbon Disclosure Project. 
To review BMO's environmental performance data, visit 
About BMO Financial Group  
Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a
highly diversified North American financial services organization.
With total assets of $542 billion as at January 31, 2013, and more
than 46,000 employees, BMO Financial Group provides a broad range of
personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment
banking products and solutions. 
Media Contacts:
Russell Baker, Toronto
(416) 867-3996 
Jessica Park, Toronto
(416) 867-3996 
Valerie Doucet, Montreal
(514) 877-8224 
Laurie Grant, Vancouver
(604) 665-7596 
Twitter: @BMOmedia
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