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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Environmental Sustainability Performance

At SickKids we believe that healthy patients need a healthy planet, so over the years we have made a serious commitment to decreasing our energy consumption, waste production, and reducing our carbon footprint. Led by the KidsGoGreen team, SickKids promotes a socially responsible work environment that contributes to a safe, green and sustainable lifestyle and a healthier planet.

Current green initiatives:

  • Reduce waste and pollution by increasing the amount of material that is diverted from landfill, and the amount waste that is generated.
  • Invest in energy efficient technology and behaviour.
  • Promote healthier and environmentally sustainable modes of transportation options such as walking, cycling, transit and carpooling.


  • 2017 Canadian Green Building Council LEED Gold Commercial Interior, PGCRL
  • 2015 Greening Health Care Five Percent Club Award, Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning (PGCRL)
  • 2014 Greening Health Care Leadership Award
  • 2014 Ontario Hospital Association Energy Conservation Award
  • 2014 Canadian Green Building Council LEED Gold New Construction, PGCRL
  • 2009 Greening Health Care Five Percent Club Award, McMaster
  • 2009 Greening Health Care Five Percent Club Award, Annex
  • 2009 Greening Health Care Five Percent Club Award, Atrium
  • 2003 Natural Resources Canada's Office of Energy Efficiency, Energy Innovators Initiative

Energy Performance

In compliance with Regulation 397/11 made under the Green Energy Act, 2009, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is required to make public its annual energy consumption and resulting greenhouse gas production. The first year of required data reporting is 2011. These results can be found in the following documents:

Green Energy Act Reports

Current Events

This Saturday March 25 at 8:30 p.m. will be the 10th anniversary of Earth Hour, an annual event that encourages the public to unplug for an hour to bring awareness to our impact on climate change. During Earth Hour, we encourage you to spend 60 minutes reflecting on what we can do to protect the plant.

In the spirit of Earth Hour this Saturday, think about what you can do to reduce your electricity consumption both at work and at home. 

SickKids will be participating in Earth Hour this year by turning off as many lights as possible! We will be turning off the lights in the following areas: 

  • Exterior lights on Elizabeth Street and corridors facing Elizabeth Street on all floors 
  • McMaster-Atrium bridge
  • North-south Atrium corridors between units
  • All window lights in the seating area of the Terrace Café
  • Exterior lights on University Avenue, including the lights around the Endless Bench, SickKids sign and driveway lights, old Emergency entrance lights
  • The Rotunda
  • The fountain lights in the Atrium

These all add up! Please think about what you can do to reduce your energy consumption this weekend, and every day! 

Visit the Earth Hour Site for more information on Earth Hour and its events.  

To learn more about what Earth Hour has achieved in the past ten years, click here