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Brighter NightsTM Toronto Hydro co-hosted four Brighter NightsTM community events in 2014 to help increase safety and energy efficiency in priority neighbourhoods across the city. The program is a joint effort with the City of Toronto’s Community Crisis Response Program, Toronto Community Housing, Toronto Police Service and local volunteers. Volunteers and agency representatives visited neighbourhoods, replacing over 1,000 bulbs with energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) — which cost little to keep on overnight while helping make the neighbourhood safer. Volunteers also raised awareness about the importance of disaster preparedness and distributed emergency starter kits including a flashlight, battery-powered radio and an emergency checklist. Since 2012, we’ve visited more than 25 communities and installed approximately 5,000 CFLs to help brighten these priority neighbourhoods. CIBC Run for the Cure The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s CIBC Run for the Cure helps fund innovative research, health education and advocacy programs that aim to reduce the incidence and mortality rate of breast cancer. In 2014, Toronto Hydro’s team raised $4,195 for this worthy cause. Protecting Toronto’s tree canopy Trees help us conserve energy by providing shade and reducing air conditioning demands. They naturally clean the air by absorbing carbon dioxide and help prevent erosion and excess water run-off, protecting our equipment. It’s no wonder that we’re committed to preserving Toronto’s tree canopy — trees are natural conservationists and can help customers manage their bills and collectively reduce our city’s emissions. We host an annual tree planting event with non-profit organization, LEAF — Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests — to engage our employees in this important cause. In 2014, 278 employees and their families planted 300 native trees and shrubs in Scarborough’s Dean Park. Since 2003, Toronto Hydro employees have planted approximately 3,400 trees. Partnering with the TDSB to raise funds for bike racks in public schools In the fall of 2014, Toronto Hydro launched the Team Up for Green Program with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) to increase participation in some of our programs and services while raising money for new bike racks for schools. Customers were invited to sign up for paperless billing, pre-authorized payment or peaksaver PLUS® to earn Toronto Hydro incentives for TDSB public schools. The program generated more than 9,400 sign-ups for Toronto Hydro programs and services, and we donated approximately $78,500 towards bike racks for TDSB schools. 66 TORONTO HYDRO 2014 CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY REPORT


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