TOTA boasts energy champion
Okanagan Edge Staff - Apr 01, 2021 - People in Business

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Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association is all about sustainability, and Thivya Viswanathan is a big reason why the region keeps winning awards due to its Earth-friendly initiatives.

Viswanathan, who is TOTA’s eco-efficiency analyst, has been named one of Efficiency Canada’s 13 “energy champions.” She works closely with more than 400 tourism and hospitality businesses to help owners and facility managers understand their energy consumption patterns and provide opportunities for cost savings.

“I always felt this connection with nature, and the environment, even as a kid,” Viswanathan, who grew up in India, said in a press release. “I believe living close to nature in my early childhood transformed me into a person who appreciates sustainability and resource conservation.”

Viswanathan, whose role was created thanks to a unique partnership with FortisBC, collaborates with tourism businesses, helping owners and facility managers understand their energy consumption patterns, and informing them on how to get the most bang for their buck.

She also runs an energy assessment program, where she analyzes a business’s equipment virtually and provides them with a summary of energy and cost-saving recommendations, informing them about local energy efficiency rebates as well.

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