Toronto Community Housing leads green push

The Humber Blvd. building seems an unlikely headquarters for Toronto’s fight against climate change.

The 14-storey highrise near Weston Road and St. Clair Ave. looks like just another rundown Toronto Community Housing dwelling – dirty brown brick, smeared glass doors and rusty garbage bin slumped by the entrance.

But step inside the lobby, and the first sign of the green revolution brewing within comes from a poster: “Recycling is Awesome.”

On a tour, the manager points out all the green fixtures: low-flow toilets and shower heads in all 215 apartments; energy-efficient fridges, stoves and washers; compact fluorescent light bulbs in every socket; new and well-sealed balcony doors; and, in the basement, four spanking new efficient boilers. The exhaust is recaptured on the roof and used to preheat the air circulating into the hallways.

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