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November 5, 2008
City announces Live Green Toronto grant recipients Fourteen community groups receive funds to help ‘green’ Toronto
  
Mayor David Miller announced today the recipients of the 2008 Live Green Toronto funds designed to help residents - through their neighbourhood and community groups - take action on climate change.

Almost $700,000 was awarded to 14 groups for a variety of community-based projects, which include renewable energy initiatives, local food production, green roofs and more. A total of 50 applications were originally submitted.

“Live Green Toronto is all about engaging the people of Toronto in taking action on climate change and improving the sustainability and liveability of our great city,” said Mayor Miller. “These funds are designed to help people take collective action to reduce emissions and help spread the live green message through the neighbourhoods and communities of Toronto. I thank each of you for your leadership and commitment to making Toronto the greenest and most liveable city it can be.”

For 2008, City Council approved funding of $200,000 for the Community Investment Program to build capacity within local communities and neighbourhoods to identify, develop and initiate actions that will reduce greenhouse gas and smog-causing emissions; and $500,000 for the Capital Projects Fund to help implement capital asset projects that result in significant reductions in emissions, which the local community has identified and is engaged in supporting.

The funds are a component of the City’s Live Green Toronto program, which was launched last year to engage the public in taking action on climate change at home, work and on the road. In addition to the funding programs, Live Green Toronto offers a one-stop website with rebates, tips and resources to help Torontonians live green, and Community Animators who will work with neighbourhood and community groups starting in December to help them turn their green ideas into actions that make a difference in the fight on climate change.

Recipients of the Community Investment Program funds are: Harbord Village Residents’ Association; Laurier Avenue Residents supported by the Don Vale Cabbagetown Residents’ Association; Greenest City; The Toronto United Church Council; Green Here; Culture Link; Not Far From the Tree; and Black Creek Conservation Project of Toronto.

Recipients of the Capital Projects Funds are: The Topham Eco-Team/Now House Project Team; FoodShare; Bay Corridor Community Association; Stop Community Food Centre; Hugh Garner Housing Cooperative; and FoodCycles.

In 2009, Live Green Toronto funding for community-based green initiatives will increase to $2.2 million. The first round of funding applications will begin in February, and the second in July.

Live Green Toronto is a component of the City’s Climate Change, Clean Air and Sustainable Energy Action Plan, which was unanimously adopted by Council in 2007. The action plan includes more than 100 actions to green Toronto and targets an 80 per cent reduction in the emissions that contribute to climate change by 2050.

More information about Live Green Toronto and its funding programs is available at http://www.livegreentoronto.ca.

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. In the past three years, 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.

Media contact:
Kyle Leetham, Program Manager, Toronto Environment Office, 416-397-5746, kleetha@toronto.ca


 

 

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