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June 2, 2010
City of Toronto Wins National Municipal Environment Award
Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators Recognizes Building Green Initiatives

Toronto, ON - Two initiatives intended to “green” Toronto’s new building stock have earned the City national recognition. The Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) has presented the City of Toronto, ON with its 2010 CAMA Environment Award for the Toronto Green Standard and Green Roof Bylaw. The award was presented on June 2 at CAMA’s national conference held in Toronto, ON.

On January 31, 2010, the City of Toronto introduced two initiatives: the Toronto Green Standard and Green Roof Bylaw. The Toronto Green Standard is a two-tiered set of performance measures that promote sustainable development and reduce CO2e. Toronto’s Green Roof Bylaw is expected to save the City millions in stormwater infrastructure costs, and reduce the impacts of urban heat island effect by helping to lower local ambient temperatures.

“CAMA is pleased to recognize the administrative excellence demonstrated by the City of Toronto in introducing new efforts to protect the environment,” said Chris MacPherson, president of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators, CAMA board member for New Brunswick, and Assistant City Administrator for the City of Fredericton, NB. “This is the kind of leadership which will make a difference in combating climate change.”

To be compliant with the new green standard, all planning applications for new development are required to meet Tier 1 performance measures and targets addressing various environmental issues. Developers may also chose to meet Tier 2, a voluntary higher level of environmental performance, and be eligible for a development charge refund of 20 per cent.

Toronto’s Green Roof Bylaw is the first bylaw in North America to require and govern the construction of green roofs on new residential, commercial and institutional developments with a minimum Gross Floor Area of 2,000 m². Industrial buildings have until January 31, 2011 to include such provisions. Green roofs could save the City between $40 million and $120 million in stromwater infrastructure costs.

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“A total of 29 award submissions were received from across Canada,” said Ron Shaw, Chair of CAMA’s Awards Committee, CAMA Director-at-Large and Chief Administrative Officer for Stratford, ON. “Year after year these awards attract an amazing calibre of entries.”

CAMA’s Environment Award recognizes the commitment of a municipality to environmentally sustainable governance, to protecting the environment and to combating climate change. Awards are granted to programs, projects or services that have made a significant and positive impact on the environment. Because Canada has a unique mixture of small and large communities, awards are granted according to population - for municipalities under 20,000 and those over 20,000.

About CAMA:

A Canada-wide network and the national voice of senior municipal administrators, the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) strives to nurture and build municipal administrative excellence by providing its more than 400 members with knowledge sharing and learning opportunities, access to best practices, and valued input into policies and programs aimed at ensuring healthy and thriving communities across Canada.

Media Contacts:
CAMA: Wayne Knorr, CAMA Communications, 506-474-3389 (cell)
Toronto: Bruce Hawkins, Communications, 416-392-3496



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