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June 21, 2004
City takes major step to retrofit buildings and reduce energy use
  
Today at the fifth annual Smog Summit, held at Metro Hall in Toronto, Mayor
David Miller announced the City of Toronto's latest commitments to reducing
energy use, and thereby reducing smog.

One of the signatories of the Toronto and Region 2004 Inter-governmental
Declaration on Clean Air, the City has launched the Energy Retrofit Program,
which will increase the funding available to retrofit City buildings and
facilities to $25 million. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has
provided an $8.75 million low-interest loan to help finance these retrofit
initiatives.

The City also announced a $10.2 million retrofit of 100 City arenas, partly
financed by $2.52 million of the FCM loan. These retrofits are expected to pay
for themselves over approximately eight years as energy use declines.

Mayor Miller said, "This is a major step for the City, but with so many old
structures, the City has a lot more retrofit work ahead of it."

In addition, Toronto now conducts Energy Efficiency Building Audits of the
Toronto Community Housing Company's 800 houses. Partnering with the Toronto
Atmospheric Fund and Green$aver, a not-for-profit organization, the City will
perform energy audits and retrofits on these affordable housing units.

The Smog Summit began in 2000 as a meeting of federal, provincial and Toronto
officials to explore best practices for reducing smog, air pollution and
greenhouse gases. It has now grown to a meeting of governments in the Greater
Toronto Area (GTA) committing to specific actions that reduce smog, identifying
mutually beneficial opportunities and sharing best practices.

"Along with the other commitments that Toronto has announced today, I am very
pleased that the Toronto Public Health's 20/20 The Way to Clean Air has now
evolved into a GTA-wide effort," said Mayor David Miller. "This year, 20/20
resources will also be adapted for the Toronto District School Board's
EcoSchools initiative."

Media contacts:
Martin Herzog, Strategic and Corporate Policy, Chief Administrator's Office,
416-392-5491
Jill McDowell, Health Promotion Consultant, Toronto Public Health (20/20
Program), 416-392-4882



 

 

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