BCNPHA & BC Housing win at BC Hydro 2009 Power Smart Excellence Awards

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The BC Non-Profit Housing Association is extremely proud to announce that we have won the BC Hydro Conservation Partner of the Year Award, jointly with BC Housing. It was at a packed Hyatt Regency ballroom on May 26, 2009, that the 2009 Power Smart Excellence awards were announced. Invitees comprised of BC Hydro’s leading business customers, members of the Team Power Smart celebrity roster, BC Hydro Board of Directors, executives and staff all helped to salute the 2009 Power Smart Excellence Award finalists and winners.

Karen Stone, BCNPHA Executive Director and Shayne Ramsay, CEO, BC Housing, accepted the award on behalf of their respective organizations from the Minster of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Blair Leckstrom.

Now in its seventh year, the Power Smart Excellence Awards showcase the best energy efficiency and conservation practices among BC Hydro customers. The awards strive to inspire and enable BC businesses to participate in and implement their own conservation programs to reduce energy use. This creates better working environments whilst improving environmental, social and economic performance, and fosters an energy conservation culture that benefits all British Columbians.

Every year, BC Hydro recognizes Power Smart business leaders who make energy efficiency and conservation a way of doing business. These leaders incorporate sound energy management practices into their operations and invest in energy efficiency for the future of their business.

“I am very proud of this achievement as it places BCNPHA very prominently in the position of providing leadership, and being innovative, out there into the business community. When you reflect on the other nominees and winners, these are captains of industry,” said Karen Stone, BCNPHA Executive Director.

Through a partnership that brings government and the non-profit sector together, BCNPHA and BC Housing are engaging the social and non-profit housing sector in energy efficiency, making a real difference – nearly 60,000 households have benefited. Improvement starts with planning, and BCNPHA is collaborating with BC Housing and to develop an energy management strategy for the non-profit housing sector. To date, energy retrofits have been completed on over 50 buildings, energy studies for 80 housing developments are underway, and studies completed in 2008 identified potential savings of 2.5 gigawatt hours. Over 40 new developments operated by BCNPHA member societies are under design or construction. BC Housing has committed to building new developments to LEED Gold standards. Together, this is a significant investment in sustainability and conservation for those who can benefit most.

For more information, please visit bchydro.com/awards.

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