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March 29, 2005
City announces recipients of Environmental Awards of Excellence
A panel of 35 judges has chosen 24 local individuals and groups as recipients
of the City of Toronto’s inaugural Environmental Awards of Excellence. The
Green Toronto Awards program received 155 nominations and selected three
projects of exceptionally high achievement for recognition in each of eight

The judges will now narrow the field further by choosing one winner of a Green
Toronto Award from among the three projects honoured with awards of excellence
in each of the eight categories - for a total of eight Green Toronto Awards.
The winners of Green Toronto Awards will be announced at a public ceremony at
City Hall on May 2. 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. Deputy
Mayor Joe Pantalone, who chairs the City’s Roundtable on the Environment,
commented, "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 2005 Environmental Awards of Excellence

Leadership awards (sponsored by the Toronto Community Foundation):
Geoff Cape, Jerry DeMarco and Second Harvest
Community Project awards (sponsored by Loblaw Companies Limited): High
Park Advisory Council, The thINK FOOD/Phones-for-Food Project and Toronto Bay
Green Design awards (sponsored by Roots Canada): Beach Solar
Laundromat, Norman (Sam) Benvie and Stantec Architecture Ltd.
Resource Conservation awards (sponsor to be confirmed): Enwave,
Green$avers and MintoUrban Communities Inc.
Youth awards (sponsored by the TD Bank Financial Group): Eco-Team
2004-2005 (James S. Bell Middle School), Jennifer Gordon and Serve Canada
Environmental Awareness awards (sponsored by Toronto Hydro): Chris
McKhool, Citizens’ Environment Watch and The Stop Community Food Centre
Health awards (sponsored by Ace Bakery): FoodShare, Hoof & Cycle and
Real Food for Real Kids
Market Transformation awards (sponsored by the Summerhill Group):
Annette Verschuren, Grassroots Environmental Products and Toronto Association
of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA)

Green Toronto Awards information on the Web:

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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