City of Toronto unveils Phase I of its Climate Change and Clean Air Action Plan and Sustainable Energy Plan|
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After extensive public and stakeholder engagements, the City of Toronto’s Climate Change and Clean Air Action Plan and Sustainable Energy Plan will take the first step toward approval at the Parks and Environment Committee.
On Monday, June 18 at 4 p.m. the Parks and Environment Committee will hold a special meeting to allow the public to learn more about, and comment on, the action plan that will see the City and its residents take action on climate change. The report before the committee brings together two ongoing City initiatives, the Climate Change and Clean Air Action Plan and Toronto’s Sustainable Energy Plan.
“This is a pivotal time for Torontonians. The City of Toronto is committing to concrete, aggressive actions in these documents, actions that will begin in 2007 and go forward for years to come,” comments Mayor David Miller. “By approving this report, we are acting on climate change and working to turn back the clock.”
The plan outlines a series of recommendations that build upon existing programs and policies, and calls for the creation of funding programs for new programs and initiatives that encourage energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives. If passed by Council, recommended actions will start in 2007.
“We all need to rise to the challenge of climate change, and the time to do that is now. City staff, businesses, energy providers and residents need to work together to ensure Toronto’s climate change goals are met,” says Councillor Paula Fletcher, Chair, Parks and Environment Committee. “The City of Toronto is taking the first step by creating and approving the plan, but all parties need to take action to ensure we succeed.”
The public will soon be able to access the report online at http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/2007/agendas/pe.htm, or pick up a copy of the report at City Hall, in City Clerk’s Office, call 416-392-6662 to request a copy.
Members of the public are welcome to make a five minute presentation to the Parks and Environment Committee on June 18, starting at 4 p.m. To register to speak to the committee, visit the City’s website for information on how to register, http://www.toronto.ca/city_council/deputation.htm, or call the City Clerk’s Office 416-392-6662. For more information visit http://www.toronto.ca/changeisintheair/index.htm.
The staff report identifies things we can do right now, recommendations include:
• Accelerating and expanding existing City programs.
• Committing $85 million to support action.
• Creating programs and allotting funds to support individual residents and neighbourhoods such as:
- Live Green Toronto
- $42 million for an Energy Conservation Fund
- $20 million for a Renewable Energy Fund, and
- $1 million for neighbourhood tree-planting/green roofs.Creating standards to require and regulate green roofs in Toronto.
• Making Toronto the renewable energy capital of Canada by investing in renewable energy in various ways, including:
- Requiring 25 per cent of energy needed for City operations coming from renewable energy, and
- Expanding Deep Lake Water Cooling.
• Greening all the City’s fleets, as well as fleets in the community.
The Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer will report back with a funding structure for the Plan. Some programs and initiatives identified in the recommendations will be funded through various means including potential partnerships with other orders of government and partners in the energy efficiency and climate change sectors including the Ontario Power Authority, Toronto Atmospheric Fund, Toronto Hydro Energy Service and the Clinton Foundation.
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.
Stuart Green, Deputy Director of Communications, Mayor’s Office, 416-338-7119
Lawson Oates, Director, Toronto Environment Office, 416-392-9744
Rob Maxwell, Manager, Energy Efficiency Office, 416- 392-1452
Nicole Dufort, Communications Manager, 416-392-2963
Cindy Bromley, Communications Manager, 416-392-4993