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June 7, 2006
City outlines future plans to improve air quality at Smog Summit
  
At the 7th annual Smog Summit, held today at Toronto City Hall, Mayor David Miller announced the City of Toronto’s latest commitments to improving the health of our environment for present and future generations.

In 2006, City Council approved $6 million in new funding for energy retrofit work at City recreation centres in 2006 and 2007. It is anticipated that the energy retrofits will result in reduced carbon dioxide emissions, reduced operating costs, facility improvements and increased energy efficiency. The estimated 20 per cent reduction in energy consumption should produce annual savings of $750,000.

Toronto is also investing in solar energy pilot projects at two City-operated swimming pools and two fire halls, as well as solar wall projects at Scadding Court Community Centre and a Toronto Police Service facility.

The City will add 25 new technologically advanced sweepers in 2006 and 2007. The sweepers remove and capture over 90 per cent of fine particulate road dust without creating dust clouds. It is the fine particulate matter that can contribute to respiratory and cardiovascular problems.

Since 2003, Toronto’s investment in energy retrofit programs has totalled $30 million.

“The Smog Summit is a terrific example of partnerships for clean air where governments work together to improve air quality,” said Mayor David Miller. “I am extremely proud of the leadership role that Toronto has taken in this area.”

The Smog Summit began in 2000 as a meeting where federal, provincial and City of Toronto officials could explore best practices for reducing smog, air pollution and greenhouse gases. It has now grown to include other municipalities in the Greater Toronto Area committing to specific actions that reduce smog, identifying mutually beneficial opportunities and sharing best practices.


Media contacts:

Stuart Green
Deputy Communications Director
Mayor’s Office
416-338-7119

Priscilla Cranley
Strategic and Corporate Policy
Office of the City Manager
416-392-0372

Martin Herzog
Strategic and Corporate Policy
Office of the City Manager
416-392-5491


 

 

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