Project Site: 176 Larch St

176 Larch Street in downtown Sudbury is a model of co-operation between commercial building owners and users, with the goal of increasing energy efficiency and reducing carbon footprint. The building is owned by Al Vardy, Private Wealth Advisor of Raintree Financial Solutions. Tenants include Sandra Mews and Associates, Eat Local Sudbury, and reThink Green.

“As a landlord, I want to reduce the cost of the electrical and water usage passed onto the tenants.”

-Al Vardy, Landlord & Private Wealth Advisor

Current Milestone
Onboarding: Members learn about the program, and identify immediate sustainability goals and support needs.
Developing: Members gather data about sustainability performance, set a baseline year, and prepare to report on metrics.
Reporting: Members measure and publicly report on sustainability metrics, and prepare detailed action plans.
Targeting: Members set a public sustainability target and implement action plans.

Total Emissions: An inventory of all sources of greenhouse gas emissions is the total amount of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent produced over the entire business operation, compiled to ISO 14064-1 standard. For comparison, 5.23 Tonnes of CO2 are emitted by the average passenger vehicle in one year.

2016 Total (CO2e): 41.36t  

Scope 1 Emissions: These emissions come from direct release of greenhouse gases, primarily from the consumption of fossil fuels from space heating or vehicle use.

  2016 Scope 1: 30.58t

Scope 2 Emissions: Electricity consumption requires generation. A share of Ontario’s energy grid comes from fossil fuel generation, and this share is reflected in Scope 2, or “energy indirect” emissions.

2016 Scope 2: 10.78t


Winterized the third floor office space The Forge, which houses reThink Green, and sealed areas of heat-loss.

Completed an LED lighting retrofit in Eat Local Sudbury’s store and offices.

Assessed the efficiency of the building and identified plans to improve.