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October 4, 2011
International Greenbuild conference taking place in Toronto this week
This week, the world’s largest green building conference and "expo" is occurring outside the United States for the first time. Toronto was selected by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as the host city for its 10th anniversary conference in recognition of Toronto's ongoing public and private sector accomplishments in green building.

From October 4 to 7, the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo will bring nearly 25,000 delegates from 115 countries to Toronto. The conference is expected to generate about $26 million in economic benefits.

The City of Toronto is sponsoring a Toronto Green Building Guide - produced by the Toronto chapter of the Canada Green Building Council - and is producing a Supplier Directory for the event to elevate the awareness of the projects, companies and policies that have made this city a leader in green building.

"Green buildings are not about new buildings," said Mayor Rob Ford in his introductory message to the Toronto Green Building Guide. "We have conducted extensive energy-efficient retrofits on our public buildings, saving taxpayers millions of dollars on energy costs. Recently, we connected City Hall to Toronto's Deep Lake Water Cooling System and have sought further reduction in costs to the heating and cooling of our City's seat of government by undertaking a major new window replacement project."

The event will provide tours of notable Toronto green locations. The two legacy projects - Evergreen Brickworks' Chimney Court Children's Greenhouse and the Gateway Gardens Project - have been selected to each receive $5,000. The projects explore and celebrate the theme of teaching children about urban food.

The City of Toronto has been an important proponent of green building in Toronto, playing a pivotal role in the development of Evergreen Brick Works and Artscape Wychwood Barns as well as creating a Podium Green Roof at City Hall. Toronto was the first city in North America to adopt a Green Roof Bylaw that requires and governs the construction of green roofs. The City has a number of funds, policies and programs to encourage sustainable, energy-efficient urban development and retrofitting.

More information about Toronto's green sector is available at

Toronto was selected by the U.S. Green Building Council as the host city for several reasons, including its growth in the green building movement. Almost 300 building projects are registered and seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, and 44 green building projects are already LEED-certified in the Toronto area. The RBC Centre, TD Centre and the Telus Tower are among the greenest office buildings in North America and they also utilize Enwave Energy Corporation's innovative Deep Lake Water Cooling system.

Held in conjunction with the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), Greenbuild has hundreds of educational sessions; dozens of master speakers; summits focused on green jobs, residential and affordable green building; and an international marketplace where more than 1,000 companies showcase the most innovative green building products. More information is available at

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.

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