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April 22, 2003
Forum recognizes corporate environmental leadership
  
Works and Emergency Services - The City of Toronto's Better Buildings
Partnership (BBP), and the Sustainable Enterprise Academy at the Schulich
School of Business, York University, will host the Sustainability Leadership
Forum and BBP Environmental Awards of Excellence, a breakfast forum for
business leaders, on Wednesday, April 23, from 7:30 to 10 a.m., at the Toronto
Board of Trade, First Canadian Place.

The purpose of the event is twofold.

First, the BBP will formally recognize and present awards to Toronto building
owners and managers who, through their participation in the BBP program, have
made retrofits to their buildings that have contributed to the reduction of
carbon dioxide emissions. Among the winners of the BBP Awards are:
Toronto-Dominion Centre; First Canadian Place; the Toronto Public Library;
Celebrity Place Condominiums; and the Hospital for Sick Children.

Second, the event offers executives the opportunity to realize business value
from sustainable development. Through learning and leadership, these business
leaders can help transform their organizations into sustainable and more
profitable enterprises that generate shareholder, social and environmental
value - the new "triple bottom line" of business. During the breakfast event,
organizations that have demonstrated best practices to increase shareholder,
social and environmental value through the adoption of sustainability
initiatives will be presented with the Sustainability Leader Award. These
winners include: Cadillac Fairview Corporation, Peter Sharpe, President and
Chief Executive Officer (CEO); Dofasco Inc., John Mayberry, President and CEO;
DuPont Canada, Douglas Muzyka, President and CEO. Dr. David Suzuki, scientist,
educator and broadcaster, will be presented with the Sustainability Educator
Award.

Developed in 1996, the BBP is a public-private program that promotes and
implements energy efficiency and building renewal retrofits in commercial,
institutional and multi-residential buildings. The City of Toronto is committed
to sustainability initiatives that address the challenges of global climate
change and has adopted a goal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 20 per
cent, relative to the 1990 levels, by 2005. As a key contributor to this goal,
BBP projects to date have resulted in the cumulative reduction of more than
600,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. This reduction is equivalent to
removing almost 200,000 cars from the road for a year.


Media Contact
Energy Efficiency Office
416-392-1110

 

 

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