The University Health Network‘s energy management and engagement program engaged all members of the hospital community to work together to make behavioural, process and equipment changes to increase awareness and reduce consumption of energy and production of greenhouse gases.

The pilot program, called Thermostats, Lights and Controls (TLC) – Care to Conserve shown in the schematic, consisted of six components: social marketing, employee engagement, operator and senior manager training, retro-commissioning of equipment (RCx), production of a comprehensive energy plan and detailed energy audits and retrofits.

TLC was designed and implemented by a project team. The Project Team consisted of staff from the UHN Energy and Environment Department and external consultants, which are IndEco Strategic Consulting and an energy auditing firm. The Project Team also worked on program design and implementation in collaboration with the energy teams at each of the hospitals, which were comprised of senior facilities staff from the hospital and UHN. IndEco, in addition to a leadership role in the social marketing and employee engagement components, provided overall project coordination and management, which encompassed the management of the TLC program including the activities of the project team and energy team.

TLC has achieved success in both saving energy and enhancing energy conservation behaviours in UHN staff.

By the end of pilot, TLC had achieved a 2.4% net reduction in total energy use and a net reduction in GHG emissions of 2,506 tonnes of CO2 equivalents. With regards to behavioural changes it was found that staff at UHN were more likely to engage in energy saving behaviour after the implementation of TLC. It was also found that UHN staff thought it was more important to engage in energy saving behaviours with attitudes improving towards all targeted energy saving activities.

Additional information about the TLC program is presented in the attached summary.

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