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Mayor David Miller and Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone presented the 2008 Green Toronto Awards to 11 winners at a ceremony this evening. The City’s Green Toronto Awards recognize the individuals, organizations and companies helping to lead the way to a cleaner, greener Toronto.
Members of the general public joined the finalists, sponsors, judges and invited guests at the City’s fourth annual awards ceremony at the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place - a venue well known for its environmental achievements.
A winner was announced in each of the 11 award categories. Each of the winners (with the exception of the City’s own internal award winner) received $5,000 to donate to the environmental organization of their choice, contributed by the award sponsors.
A panel of more than 30 judges selected the 33 finalists, and then the winners, from among more than 100 nominations received.
Mayor Miller said, “We are proud to consider you our partners in helping to make Toronto the greenest, most liveable city in the world. Thank you for your commitment and your leadership. You are a credit to your community and an inspiration to us all.”
• Elizabeth Harris: Community Projects Award, sponsored by Loblaw Companies Limited
• South Kingsway Village: Energy Conservation Award, sponsored by EnWise Power Solutions
• Planet in Focus International Environmental Film & Video Festival: Environmental Awareness Award, sponsored by Toronto Hydro Corporation
• The Living Wall Inc.: Green Design Award, sponsored by Enbridge Gas Distribution
• Urbanspace Property Group: Green Roof Award, sponsored by Stantec Architecture Ltd.
• Toronto Bruce Trail Club: Health Award, sponsored by Nutrisoya
• Greg Allen: Leadership Award, sponsored by Toronto Community Foundation
• Local Food Plus: Market Transformation Award, sponsored by The Green Living Show
• Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre: Water Efficiency Award, sponsored by Toronto Water
• Gerald Mak: Youth Award, sponsored by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
• Toronto Community Housing Corporation: Bob Hunter Environmental Achievement Award
Deputy Mayor Pantalone, the event’s emcee, said, “I’m delighted to see so many individuals, community groups and businesses working to make Toronto a greener and healthier place to live. It’s inspiring to see so much passion and commitment in communities across Toronto.”
More information about the award finalists, sponsors and judges is available at: http://www.toronto.ca/greentorontoawards.
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 more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.
Nancy Ruscica, Acting Manager Partnerships & Innovation, 416-392-2984 (cell: 416-707-5856)