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May 24, 2008
Mayor announces Live Green Toronto - a five-year program to inspire and support neighbourhood actions for a greener Toronto
  
Mayor David Miller joined thousands of Torontonians at the Green Toronto Festival today to announce the launch of Live Green Toronto - a major five-year, $20-million dollar program to promote and support neighbourhood and community-based actions to reduce emissions, clean our air and protect our climate.

“Live Green Toronto will take action on climate change to a whole new level in Toronto once again making us a world-leading city on climate change,” said Mayor Miller. “The program provides the support, funding and expertise needed for grassroots community-based actions to cut greenhouse gases and clean our air. It is unique in that it will provide Torontonians with the opportunity to turn their great green ideas into action, resulting in the greening of our neighbourhoods and communities making Toronto the most liveable city it can be.”

A key component of Toronto’s Climate Change, Clean Air and Sustainable Energy Action Plan, which targets an 80 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, Live Green Toronto will significantly enhance residents’ ability to undertake community based projects that make a real difference, and help create a more liveable and sustainable Toronto.

Live Green Toronto will support community-initiated and based projects such as those that increase water conservation, tree planting, energy efficiency, renewable energy production, local food production and green roofs, through three key elements:

1) Funding and incentives:
- The Live Green Toronto Community Investment Fund ($200,000 each year for the next five years), will provide seed money of up to $25,000 per project to help communities develop and implement green initiatives.

- The Live Green Capital Projects Fund ($2 million each year) will provide partial funding for community-based capital projects, to a maximum of $250,000 per project.

- Applications will be available at http://www.livegreentoronto.ca as of June 2.

2) Community animators will provide advice and guidance to help community groups take their green ideas from concept to implementation. The process of selecting the community animators has started and they will be in place by the end of July 2008.

3) A dedicated Live Green Toronto website (http://www.livegreentoronto.ca ) will offer residents one-window access to rebates, tools and programs at the municipal, provincial and federal levels.

The City’s annual Green Toronto Festival has grown in just three years from a one-day event at Nathan Phillips Square, to a two-day celebration at Yonge-Dundas Square.

More information about Live Green Toronto 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 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 contact:
Lawson Oates, Director, Toronto Environment Office, 416-392-9744, 647-400-6951 (cell), loates@toronto.ca


 

 

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