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October 14, 2003
City of Toronto and Cityscape awarded funding for Green Gooderham and Worts project
  
The City of Toronto, together with Cityscape Holdings, will take steps to
strengthen environmental practices thanks to funding of $100,000 from the Green
Municipal Funds (GMF). Toronto's Urban Development Services and Cityscape will
use the Green Municipal Enabling Fund (GMEF) grant to prepare an environmental
redevelopment plan for a brownfields industrial site at the Gooderham and Worts
complex in Toronto's Distillery District.

Alan Tonks, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Member
of Parliament for York South - Weston, and Mayor Yves Ducharme, President of
the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), announced the funding today.

"The study will contribute to building a healthier, sustainable community in
this District - one that offers residents and visitors the lasting benefits of
an improved environment, community health and economic activity," said Tonks.
"The Government of Canada is pleased to be partnering with the Federation of
Canadian Municipalities in supporting the City of Toronto and Cityscape on this
important project."

The Government of Canada has endowed $250 million to the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities to establish and manage the Green Municipal Funds. The Green
Municipal Funds support partnerships and leveraging of both public and private
sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality and
climate protection.

"Promoting economic development and building a healthier community through
innovative sustainability practices is an important goal of the Green Municipal
Funds," said Mayor Ducharme. "We look forward to the results of the project in
contributing to the further development of the Distillery District."

One of Canada's oldest industrial sites, the 13-acre Gooderham and Worts
complex, which comprises 45 historic structures, is a prime example of
challenge and opportunity for revitalization. As well as conducting a
comprehensive environmental assessment, the study will demonstrate
possibilities for reducing energy and resources and for applying green
principles and conservation techniques across the site. Recommendations may
encompass digital green technologies, low impact building technologies, reduced
water consumption, energy conservation, green construction practices, open
space planning, recycling of construction materials and site re-naturalization.

"The environmental and revitalization plan that Cityscape, which owns the site,
and the City of Toronto will develop for this "brownfield", or former
industrial area, could become a model for many other similar sites and
communities across Canada" said Paula Dill, Commissioner of Urban Development
Services. "Staff in the City Planning and Building Divisions have been working
closely with the partners of Cityscape for some time to facilitate related
planning approvals, building permits and inspections."

To date, 250 GMF projects have been approved for funding of $41 million,
leveraging more than $148 million in total spending to act on cleaner air,
water, soil and climate change.

The funds will enable the City of Toronto to further its environmental
commitments and pursue innovative and sustainable environmental practices.

For more information about the City's environmental initiatives, visit
http://www.toronto.ca, or FCM's Knowledge Network at http://kn.fcm.ca

Media contact:
Lance Alexander, Senior Planner, Urban Development Services, 416-392-7573



 

 

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