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May 24, 2007
Hamilton and Toronto encourage other municipalities to green their fleets
Today, the cities of Hamilton and Toronto hosted the second annual Green Fleet Expo (GFX) at Liuna Station in Hamilton. The GFX was organized to provide fleet managers across Canada with an opportunity to learn about new and emerging green technology, network with peers and learn about others’ experiences with incorporating environmentally-friendly technologies and practices into their management of vehicles and other motor-driven equipment.

The cities of Toronto and Hamilton have taken a lead in transitioning their fleets to greener alternatives. Both cities have developed and are in the process of implementing green fleet plans. These plans focus on replacing fossil fuel burning vehicles with environmentally-friendly alternatives.

“Since Toronto adopted the Green Fleet Transition Plan, we have reduced our CO2 emissions by 23 per cent from 2003 levels,” said Councillor Paula Fletcher, Chair, Parks and Environment Committee, City of Toronto. “If all of us here today commit to do something, just one thing, to reduce our emissions, we could make a big difference.”

On display at the GFX were various green fleet technologies being applied to vehicles and equipment across the province. Fleet managers from more than 50 municipalities and other officials had the opportunity to test drive green vehicles and learn about the technology, including hybrid, biodiesel and natural gas.

“The anticipated results of Hamilton’s Green Fleet Implementation Plan are remarkable,” said Scott Stewart, General Manager of Public Works, City of Hamilton. “We expect to achieve a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and related air pollution, as well as reduced fuel consumption. We hope our successes will inspire other municipalities to consider transitioning their fleets to greener alternatives.”

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.

Media contacts:
Councillor Paula Fletcher, Chair, Parks and Environment Committee, 416-392-4060;
Samantha Fisher, Communications Officer, 416-392-2708;
Cindy Bromley, Manager, Finance Communications, 416-392-4993;
Kelly Anderson, Public Affairs Co-ordinator, Public Works Department, 905 546-2424, ext. 1430, (cell) 905-973-4230



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