Gaming corp. announces new environmental initiatives
Brantford, ON — The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation's (OLG) CEO Kelly McDougald and Brantford Mayor Mike Hancock announced on Friday a reduction in the size of lottery tickets and the targeting of silver LEED certification for the Brantford casino. These are the latest in a series of measures aimed at reducing OLG's environmental impact as part of OLG's Bet on Green program.
"OLG’s ‘Bet on Green’ environmental program is a key priority for the corporation. The program is supported by clear commitments to reduce our environmental footprint in all areas of our business — from casino construction to the printing of lottery tickets," said Ms. McDougald. "Today we are proud to be announcing action against these commitments."
Starting on Tuesday, May 26, Ontario’s lottery tickets will be reduced by 15-20 per cent depending on the game. Affected games include Lotto6/49, Super 7, Lottario, Payday, Ontario 49, Pick 3, Pick 4, Daily Keno, Proline, PointSpread, ProPicks and the change will take effect early next week.
The reduction in paper consumption represents action against one of OLG’s green energy commitments. Another key target in OLG’s program is that within five years, 90% of the electricity used to power all OLG facilities across the province will be from clean and renewable sources.
In January of this year, as part of the $37.5 million renovation of Casino Brantford, OLG converted all its energy consumption to 100 per cent green electricity from renewable sources. This is also a requirement to meet the
corporation’s goal to achieve silver certification through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, supported by the Canadian Green Building Council. As a result, Casino Brantford is the first gaming site in Canada to use 100 per cent green electricity.
An environmental consultant will guide the renovation team through the targeting and implementation of "green" requirements. OLG has awarded the construction management contract to Govan Brown & Associates, which has extensive experience in building and renovating facilities to meet high environmental standards.