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May 2, 2005
City presents its inaugural Green Toronto Awards
  
Eight environmentally active individuals and groups were honoured tonight as
recipients of the City of Toronto’s first-ever Green Toronto Awards. The eight
grand winners were chosen from among 24 previously-announced recipients of
Toronto environmental awards of excellence in eight categories. About 300
people filled City Hall’s council chamber for the awards event.

Speakers included Mayor David Miller and Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone (Chair of
the Roundtable on the Environment), who hosted the presentations, as well as
featured speakers Bob McDonald (science journalist) and Severn Cullis-Suzuki
(environmental activist). The audience also saw short videos about each of the
eight winning environmental initiatives.

Recipients of the Green Toronto Awards
Leadership category - Jerry DeMarco
Community Projects - thINK FOOD/Phones-for-Food Project
Green Design - Beach Solar Laundromat
Resource Conservation - Enwave Energy Corporation
Youth category - Jennifer Gordon
Environmental Awareness - The Stop Community Food Centre
Health - FoodShare
Market Transformation - Grassroots Environmental Products

Each of the eight winners of Green Toronto Awards will receive $5,000 to donate
to the environmental organization of their choice.

The Green Toronto Awards honour initiatives that are changing the face of the
city by contributing to its environmental health and sustainability. Mayor
David Miller said in his opening remarks, "Greener cities are better places to
live, to do business, and to visit."

Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone said, "I am pleased to support these awards
celebrating residents, community groups, organizations and businesses that are
working hard to make Toronto a green and healthy place to live -- and to keep
it that way."


Recipients of the 24 Toronto Environmental Awards of Excellence

Leadership category (sponsored by the Toronto Community Foundation):
Geoff Cape, Jerry DeMarco and Second Harvest

Community Project category (sponsored by Loblaw Companies Limited):
High Park Community Advisory Council, The thINK FOOD/Phones-for-Food Project
and Toronto Bay Initiative

Green Design (sponsored by Roots):
Beach Solar Laundromat, Norman (Sam) Benvie and Stantec Architecture Ltd.

Resource Conservation (sponsored by Ceres):
Enwave, Green$avers and MintoUrban Communities Inc.

Youth (sponsored by the TD Bank Financial Group):
Eco-Team 2004-2005 (James S. Bell Middle School), Jennifer Gordon and Serve
Canada

Environmental Awareness (sponsored by Toronto Hydro):
Chris McKhool, Citizens’ Environment Watch and The Stop Community Food Centre

Health (sponsored by Ace Bakery):
FoodShare, Hoof & Cycle and Real Food for Real Kids

Market Transformation (sponsored by the Summerhill Group):
Annette Verschuren, Grassroots Environmental Products and Toronto Association
of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA)

Green Toronto Awards Web site: www.toronto.ca/environment


Media contacts:

Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone
Chair, Roundtable on the Environment
416-392-4009

Nancy Ruscica
Co-ordinator
Green Toronto Awards
416-392-2984


 

 

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