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TORONTO — It’s often been said that going green can make more green for restaurants, and now a new coalition is out to prove it.

Toronto Hydro, alongside Enbridge Gas Distribution and the Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA) is launching Green-Eats, a new program that provides one convenient location for local restaurants to source programs and financial incentives to help pay for the cost of energy-efficiency retrofits.

“The benefits of being a green business go beyond saving energy. Businesses that do the right thing are often rewarded by lower operating costs and positive customer feedback,” said Anthony Haines, president and CEO of Toronto Hydro. “Toronto Hydro is proud to support restaurant owners by offering business incentive programs like Green-Eats to our menu of conservation programs.”

The new program provides quick green solutions to restaurateurs. “We’re making it easy for Toronto restaurants to participate and understand incentives available to them,” said Fatima Finnegan, director, Corporate Marketing and Development, ORHMA. Green Eats participants receive incentives for energy improvements in lighting, water use, ventilation, air conditioning and other qualifying upgrades related to energy efficiency.   

News of the program launch comes on the heels of a recent Toronto Hydro-Electric System poll, which found seven out of 10 Torontonians would prefer to dine at a green establishment.

 

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