Federal Government Building Goes Green, Named After Prominent
Saskatchewan Politician Alvin Hamilton
OTTAWA – The Honourable
Carol Skelton, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar,
officially opened a newly renovated energy-efficient, eco-friendly
Government of Canada building. The newly renovated building, home to
six federal departments, will be renamed after Alvin Hamilton, one of
Saskatchewan’s most respected and dedicated federal politicians.
"In honour of
his service to Canada, I am very proud to officially name this building
the Alvin Hamilton Building,” said Minister Skelton. “Alvin Hamilton
supported a vision for Northern development, implemented the
construction of the South Saskatchewan River dam and recognized the
contributions of Saskatchewan’s ethnic and religious minorities. As an
advocate for energy conservation and reducing pollution, Alvin Hamilton
would be very proud of this Government of Canada Building”.
was a member of John Diefenbaker’s government, serving as Minister of
Northern Affairs and Natural Resources (1957-1960) and Minister of
Agriculture (1960-1963). He is most famous for his successful
negotiation of the first wheat deal between Canada and mainland China.
of Canada is committed to making federal buildings more eco-friendly in
order to curb emissions. The Alvin Hamilton Building is a perfect
example of this commitment with its water and energy efficient design.
The building is the first project in Saskatchewan to seek a Leadership
in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification.
All together, the retrofit is expected to reduce the buildings energy
consumption by 44% with 50% of its power coming from renewable sources.
will continue to look at innovative ways to make federal buildings
energy efficient and help lead the way in reducing our power
consumption,” Minister Skelton said.
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