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June 3, 2011
World Environment Day celebrations at Toronto's Evergreen Brick Works

The City of Toronto will celebrate World Environment Day 2011 at the Evergreen Brick Works on June 6. Toronto was selected as the North American host city for World Environment Day 2011 by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).

Highlights of the June 6 event will include: key findings of UNEP’s new global report on forests; key findings of a new report on biodiversity in Canada by Sustainable Prosperity; the Toronto and North American winners of the 20th annual International Children’s Painting Competition (ICPC) on the Environment; and the opening of the North American ICPC exhibition at Evergreen Brick Works.

Date: Monday, June 6
Times: 9 to 10 a.m. - News conference
10:30 to 11 a.m. - Tree planting
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Student workshop with Dr. Mae C. Jemison, attended by North Kipling Junior Middle School students and the five ICPC winning student artists
Location: Evergreen Brick Works, BMO Atrium, 550 Bayview Ave.

The press conference will be moderated by Elisabeth Guilbaud-Cox, Head of Communications, United Nations Environmental Programme Regional Office for North America (UNEP RONA), and will include the following participants:
• Honourable Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Natural Resources, Province of Ontario
• Lawson Oates, Director, Toronto Environment Office
• Amy Fraenkel, Director, UNEP RONA
• Geoff Cape, Executive Director, Evergreen Brick Works
• Stewart Elgie, Chair, Sustainable Prosperity
• Roberta Bondar, Canada’s first female astronaut and environmental educator
• Ernie Springolo, Division Head, Bayer Material Science Canada and Co-Chair, Bayer Canada’s Sustainability Council

More information about World Environment Day in Toronto is available at
More information about World Environment Day 2011 overall is available at

About the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Regional Office of North America
UNEP is the leading authority on the environment within the United Nations system. The Regional Office for North America, based in Washington, D.C., serves Canada and the United States. Its mission is to build support in the region for UNEP’s work, to promote effective responses to international environmental challenges and to foster cooperation on environmental issues between North America and the broader international community. To achieve this mission, the Regional Office’s strategy is to promote collaboration between UNEP and all sectors of North American society, including U.S. and Canadian governmental institutions, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and other civil society groups.

About Evergreen Brick Works
Evergreen is a national not-for-profit organization that makes cities more livable. By deepening the connection between people and nature, and empowering Canadians to take a hands-on approach to their urban environments, Evergreen is improving the health of our cities - now and for the future. Evergreen’s new home is a community environmental centre in the heart of Toronto’s ravine system. It is many things: a vibrant public space featuring a local farmers’ market and retail garden centre; a showcase of sustainable design; an educational playground for green living; and an international hub that fosters new ideas in urban innovation.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media Contact
Valerie Cassells
Senior Communications Coordinator



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