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February 1, 2010
2010 Green Innovation Awards are open for nominations
Nominations are now open for the 2010 Green Innovation Awards - a new award that offers up to $50,000 in seed money to help develop and bring new and innovative green products and solutions to the Toronto marketplace.

The Green Innovation Awards are the result of a partnership between the City of Toronto and the Toronto Community Foundation, and are made possible through the generous support of Toronto Community Foundation fundholders.

"The incredible passion Torontonians have for a greener city is matched by their ingenuity in finding ways to make it happen," said Toronto Mayor David Miller. "All residents with great green ideas and the ambition to market them should be encouraged to apply for funding through the 2010 Green Innovation Awards."

Rahul K. Bhardwaj, President and CEO of the Toronto Community Foundation, shares Mayor Miller’s enthusiasm for this new partnership. "Our Toronto's Vital Signs Report tells us that as a city, we're making significant strides towards a greener community - but we require greater investment in green technologies, products and services,” he said. “We know that Torontonians care deeply about the environment, and many have innovative ideas. By providing entrepreneurial Torontonians the support to get these green ideas off the ground, the Green Innovation Awards are a great response to our environmental challenges. We're pleased to partner with the City of Toronto to help make it happen."

Ideas and projects eligible for funding may include any new technology, product and/or service that will make Toronto a greener and more liveable city and
- reduce greenhouse gases
- improve air quality
- reduce waste
- improve water or energy efficiency
- engage Toronto’s residents, businesses and communities in pro-environmental behaviour change, and/or
- help the City of Toronto adapt to changes caused by climate change.

Successful applicants will be invited to pitch their green idea and funding request to a panel of judges. Award recipients will be announced at the Green Toronto Awards on Friday, April 23 at the Green Living Show, Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place.

The deadline to enter is March 12, 2010.

For more information about the 2010 Green Innovation Awards, including terms and conditions, visit

Toronto Community Foundation is one of Canada's largest charitable foundations. Community vitality has been our purpose, promise, and passion since 1981, when we started connecting donors to community needs and opportunities. We help people invest in Toronto, making it the best place to live, work, learn and grow. We monitor the quality of life in our city through our Toronto's Vital Signs Report. We provide the leadership and guidance to bring people together from all parts of our community. We exist for Toronto - for now and for always. Visit

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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contacts:
Carole Boivin, Vice President, Donor Services, Marketing & Communications, Toronto Community Foundation. 416-921-2035 ext. 212,
Valerie Cassells, Senior Communications Coordinator, 416-392-8306,



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