City honours winners of the 2007 Green Toronto Awards|
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Mayor David Miller and Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone presented Green Toronto Awards to the winner in each of 10 environmental categories at a City Hall ceremony last night. Invited guests and interested members of the general public filled the Council Chamber for the third annual Green Toronto Awards ceremony.
The 2007 Green Toronto Awards program, which honours local environmental efforts and achievements, received 178 nominations. A large panel of judges selected three organizations or individuals as the finalists in each of the 10 award categories, then selected the winners - who were announced at the event.
Mayor Miller said; “Your efforts and achievements provide tangible benefits as well as providing good examples to motivate others in the broader community who learn about what you are doing. Those efforts add up and make a difference. That’s why I am a strong supporter of the annual Green Toronto Awards - and an admirer of all the nominees and award recipients.”
The 10 winners of Green Toronto Awards each received $5,000 to donate to the environmental organization of their choice, courtesy of the award sponsors.
• Dr. David Bell won in the Leadership category sponsored by the Toronto Community Foundation
• Chaminade College School won in the Youth category sponsored by TD Bank Financial Group
• Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF) won in the Environmental Awareness category sponsored by Toronto Hydro Corporation
• Metro Toronto Convention Centre won in the Market Transformation category sponsored by Bullfrog Power
• Dr. David Pengelly won in the Health category sponsored by Genuine Health
• Riverdale Initiative for Solar Energy (RISE) won in the Energy Conservation category sponsored by AutoShare
• Ryerson University won in the Green Roof category sponsored by the Clean Water Foundation
• smartliving St. Lawrence won in the Community Projects category, sponsored by Loblaw Companies Ltd
• St. Gabriel’s Church won in the Green Design category sponsored by Enbridge Gas Distribution
• Unilever won in the Water Efficiency category sponsored by Toronto Water.
An environmental achievement award for projects undertaken by City agencies, boards, commissions or divisions was presented to the Toronto Hydro 2006 Summer Challenge program.
Deputy Mayor Pantalone, the event’s emcee, said; “I’m always delighted to be a part of this annual awards program celebrating residents, community groups and businesses that are showing initiative and creativity in their efforts to help make Toronto a greener and healthier place to live. The nominees and award winners were inspiring in 2005 and 2006, and now again in 2007. Let’s keep it going.”
More information about this year’s award finalists, sponsors and judges is available on the Green Toronto Awards website, at http://www.toronto.ca/greentorontoawards.
Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.
Nancy Ruscica, Co-ordinator, Green Toronto Awards, 416-392-2984
Rob Andrusevich, Strategic Communications, 416-397-4149