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March 19, 2008
2008 Green Toronto Awards - finalists announced
The Green Toronto Awards’ panel of judges has selected 33 finalists from among more than 120 nominations for the City of Toronto’s environmental awards of excellence. The finalists were selected on the basis of their environmental leadership, achievements and overall contribution to a clean, green and healthy Toronto.

The winners will be announced at the City’s annual Green Toronto Awards ceremony, which will take place at the Green Living Show on April 25. Each of the winners will receive $5,000 to donate to the environmental organization of their choice.

“It’s a tribute to our great city that so many individuals, community groups and organizations are working to protect our environment in so many innovative ways,” said Mayor David Miller. “Their efforts are helping make Toronto a liveable city, and I look forward to announcing the winners at the awards ceremony on April 25.”

The finalists by category are:

Community Projects Award
Clare Rodger, Elizabeth Harris, Transforming Toronto (sponsored by Loblaw Companies Ltd.)

Energy Conservation Award
James Ramesbottom, South Kingsway Village, Upper Broadview Suites (sponsored by EnWise Power Solutions)

Environmental Awareness Award
Cathy Nesbitt, greenTbiz, Planet in Focus (sponsored by Toronto Hydro Corporation)

Green Design Award
Kantelberg Design, Stantec Architecture, The Living Wall Inc. (sponsored by Enbridge)

Green Roof Award
Fairmont Royal York, Gardens in the Sky - Ellis Park, Urbanspace Property (sponsored by Stantec Architecture)

Health Award
Edible Toronto, Jamie Kennedy, Toronto Bruce Trail Club

Leadership Award
Allan Sparrow, Greg Allen, University Health Network (sponsored by Toronto Community Foundation)

Market Transformation Award
Calstone Inc., C.J. Graphics, Local Food Plus (sponsored by The Green Living Show)

Water Efficiency Award
Brookfield Properties, Deborah Dale, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (sponsored by Toronto Water)

Youth Award
Gerald Mak, Greenest City, Solar & Wind Initiatives Towards Change (SWITCH) (sponsored by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation)

Bob Hunter Environmental Achievement Award (for City divisions, agencies, boards and commissions only)
Better Buildings Partnership, Children’s Garden & Exploring Toronto Programs, Toronto Community Housing Corporation

More information about the Green Toronto Awards 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. 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.

Media contacts:
Nancy Ruscica, Acting Manager of Partnerships, Toronto Environment Office, 416-392-2984,
Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone, 416-392-4009,



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