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December 12, 2005
City of Toronto receives Low Carbon Leader 2005 award
The City of Toronto received the Low Carbon Leader 2005 award from The Climate Group, an independent, non-profit organization based in London, England that is dedicated to advancing business and government leadership on climate change.

The award was given to the top five cities in a ranking of low carbon leaders in business, government and individuals created by Business Week Magazine.

I am extremely proud that the City of Toronto has been recognized as a global leader in emissions reduction, said Mayor Miller. Improving the quality of the environment is fundamental to making Toronto the healthy, livable city we all want to live in.

A panel of nine independent judges selected Toronto based on:

• achieving a 42 per cent reduction in corporate greenhouse gas emissions between 1990-1998, and an additional 20 per cent in 2005 by implementing waste management policies, which converted three landfills to methane capture that produces green energy for the power grid;
• achieving energy and emissions reductions through the Better Building Partnership and the Energy Management Program in both City and private sector buildings;
• investing in public transit, including the recent purchase of hybrid buses; and
• funding and establishing the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, which serves as a model for other cities.

Toronto hosted The Climate Groups Conference of the Reducers in June 2004.

Media contact:
Brendan Agnew-Iler, Office of Mayor David Miller, 416-338-7119 (office), 416-527-3486 (cell)



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