The Greening of Loretto College

Mario Iusi, President of Ameresco Canada, Evanne Hunter IBVM, Jane McDonell IBVM, Mary Mallany IBVM and the Honorable John Garretsen, in front of newly installed solar panels at Loretto College.Mario Iusi, President of Ameresco Canada, Evanne Hunter IBVM, Jane McDonell IBVM, Mary Mallany IBVM and the Honorable John Garretsen, in front of newly installed solar panels at Loretto College.On September 17, 2009 the IBVM Canadian Province hosted a special event on the Rooftop Patio of Loretto College unveiling Loretto’s first energy sustainable building in Canada. Recently completed eco - friendly retrofits at Loretto College will achieve a carbon footprint reduction of seventeen tones of carbon dioxide. This is equivalent to planting 785,000 trees or taking 200 cars of the road.

Eco-friendly retrofits at Loretto College, including the installation of new solar panels, will achieve a carbon footprint reduction of 17 tons of carbon dioxide.

Evanne Hunter, IBVM Provincial Leader and the Honorable John Garretsen, Ontario Minister of the Environment cut the ribbon on newly installed solar panels at Loretto College. In the background are Toronto City Councillors Karen Stintz and Joseph Mihovec.Evanne Hunter, IBVM Provincial Leader and the Honorable John Garretsen, Ontario Minister of the Environment cut the ribbon on newly installed solar panels at Loretto College. In the background are Toronto City Councillors Karen Stintz and Joseph Mihovec.The Loretto Sisters wish to thank Ameresco Canada, the company responsible for planning and overseeing the energy renewal measures at Loretto College. Ameresco is a company that strives to deliver eco-friendly solutions for facility renewal and for that reason they were the company of choice for Loretto. Friends and local dignitaries, as well as representatives from Ameresco joined the Loretto Sisters for this special celebration of the greening of Loretto College.

The keynote speaker for the event, Honorable John Gerretsen, Minister of the Environment for the Province of Ontario, addressed the challenges associated with the accelerating rate of global warming and the urgent need for action on the part of everyone. Minister Garresten congratulated Loretto for the adoption of solar thermal energy and expressed the hope that Loretto’s example would encourage others in the area to adopt similar measures. As he looked over the neighbourhood from the Loretto College rooftop, Minister Garretsen noted that Loretto’s solar panels were the only such installation to be seen in the local area.

“Creation is not ours and we need to steward it for future generations.”- Evanne Hunter, IBVM

The Honorable John Garretsen, Ontario Minister of the Environment presents the IBVM Provincial Leader, Evanne Hunter with a plaque congratulating Loretto for being an important part of Ontario’s efforts to protect the environment.The Honorable John Garretsen, Ontario Minister of the Environment presents the IBVM Provincial Leader, Evanne Hunter with a plaque congratulating Loretto for being an important part of Ontario’s efforts to protect the environment.“We must spare no effort to free all of humanity, and above all our children and grandchildren, from the threat of living on a planet irredeemably spoilt by human activities, and whose resources would no longer be sufficient for their needs.” United Nations’ Millennium Declaration of the year 2000