Greening Together Gives More Reasons to Rent With Confidence

FRPO’s New Environmental Operating Standards Offers Renters the Opportunity to Play an Active Role in Promoting a Greener Living Environment in their Apartment Community

TORONTO, July 24, 2014 — FRPO (the Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario)’s Certified Rental Building Program (CRBP) is now greener and more environmentally friendly.

With the introduction of its new Environmental Operating Standards in Toronto today at WJ Properties’ 7 St. Dennis Drive property, FRPOs certification assures residents that their apartment home is in the care of property managers committed to environmental activities that support effective energy consumption management and waste management recycling practices.

These new Standards will contribute to creating greener living environments for over 225,000 Ontario residents living in over 950 CRBP-approved apartment communities across the province.

WJ Properties becomes the first property manager in Toronto enrolled in the CRB Program to recertify with these new Environmental Standards and to receive official status within the Program.

Photo: Nicola Betts
First FRPO CRB Program property management company in Toronto to recertify with the Association’s new Environmental Standards is WJ Properties. Celebrants (l-r) at their 7 St. Dennis Drive building (corner of Don Mills Rd.) are WJ Properties Vice President Carol Weinbaum; President (and former FRPO Board Chair) Allan Weinbaum; Toronto Ward 26 Don Valley West Councillor John Parker; Toronto Tower Renewal Project Director Eleanor McAteer; FRPO President Scott Andison; WJ Properties CFO Perry Fryers; Senior Vice President Neil Greenspan; FPRO Board Chair Bill Zigomanis. (Photo: Nicola Betts)

“As the first tenant-focused, quality-assurance program of its kind in North America, the CRB Program assists Ontario residents (tenants) in identifying well-run, well-managed apartment buildings and homes. We are now strengthening that ‘quality’ commitment to Ontario rental-housing consumers with the introduction of 10 new environmental-operating standards. These new standards will set the base-line for environmental-operating practices across our industry,” said FRPO’s President & CEO Scott Andison.

“Within the next few months over 950 multi-residential apartment buildings housing over 225,000 residents will be an active part of this ‘grassroots’ environmental program. This no doubt will contribute to lower energy consumption and create greener apartment communities across Ontario,” he added.

To celebrate this sustainability milestone, residents, Councillor John Parker (Ward 26 Don Valley West) and FRPO executives gathered at WJ Properties’ 7 St. Dennis Drive, to reinforce their commitment to environmental sustainability and greener apartment living for residents and their families.

“I am very impressed with the Certified Rental Building Program. Certification helps renters in a community have confidence in the buildings in which they live,” said Councillor Parker. “I am very pleased that the Program has now come to our Flemingdon Park community.

“The recently-added ‘Living Green Together’ new environmental operating standards will contribute to reducing energy consumption, improving waste diversion and recycling, and creating greening apartment communities across the City. I encourage all City of Toronto residential property managers and landlords to follow FRPO’s CRB Program’s new environmental practices.”

“We have long been proud supporters of the CRB Program. As it has now grown to include new environmental standards, we are delighted to be the first property manager in the City of Toronto to be in compliance with them,” said WJ Properties’ President Allan Weinbaum. “We look forward to working with our residents and staff to create greener living communities.”

Said FRPO’s Director of Certification Ted Whitehead, “The success of the CRBP’s Environmental Standards depends on our members working effectively together with their residents to strengthen and support a greener environment. By engaging and encouraging residents to do the small painless things to conserve energy like turning down the thermostat, or turning off lights when they leave for work, or recycling their garbage and waste correctly, then everyone wins! We can create a culture of environmental caring and greener apartment communities across Ontario.

“Within the next few months, over 225,000 residents living in CRBP apartment buildings will be an active part of this ‘grassroots’ environmental program and this will no doubt contribute to lower energy consumption and create greener communities across Ontario,” he added.