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May 16, 2007

Toronto partners with Clinton Climate Initiative in green building retrofit program
The City of Toronto was named today as one of 16 world cities partnering with the Clinton Climate Initiative in a global Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit Program.

This program brings together four of the world’s largest energy service companies (ESCOs), five of the world’s largest banks, and some of the world’s largest cities in a landmark program designed to reduce energy consumption in existing buildings.

Mayor David Miller, in New York City for the C40 Large Cities Climate Summit, attended the official launch of the program as a guest of President Bill Clinton, founder of the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI).

“In Toronto we know that 60 per cent of our greenhouse gas emissions come from the heating and cooling of buildings so an initiative like this one is tremendously important to doing what we can to reduce the city’s environmental footprint,” said Mayor David Miller. “The City and the Clinton Foundation are working together on retrofitting City Hall and making it a showcase for sustainability and I’m pleased we will now be able to spread that good work across Toronto. As one of 16 cities to be identified as first phase partners, we have an opportunity to do what Torontonians expect and demand of their governments.”

As part of the Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit Program, cities will develop a program to make their municipal buildings more energy efficient and provide incentives for private building owners to retrofit their buildings with energy saving technologies.

The CCI retrofit program will be consistent with, and work within, city procurement and tendering rules. Participation in the program will be open to local banks and companies, who will be invited to contribute to the funding pool and to expand the list of green products used in retrofits.

“Climate change is a global problem that requires local action,” said President Clinton. “The businesses, banks and cities partnering with my foundation are addressing the issue of global warming because it’s the right thing to do, but also because it’s good for their bottom line. They’re going to save money, make money, create jobs and have a tremendous collective impact on climate change all at once. I’m proud of them for showing leadership on the critical issue of climate change and I thank them for their commitment to this new initiative.”

The CCI initiative will allow the city to build on a program called the Better Buildings Partnership which has been in place in Toronto since 1996. It encourages and facilitates energy efficiency retrofits in buildings through technical assistance, funding for new construction projects and extending loans to public sector buildings for retrofits.

About the Toronto Government
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 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

About the Clinton Climate Initiative
Building on his long-term commitment to preserving the environment, President Clinton launched the Clinton Foundation’s Climate Initiative (CCI) in August 2006 with the mission of applying the Foundation’s business-oriented approach to the fight against climate change in practical, measurable and significant ways. In its first phase, CCI is working with the C40 Large Cities Climate Leadership Group to accelerate efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. CCI team members have visited nearly all of these cities and are working with them to define projects and take action.

Media contact:
Stuart Green, Office of the Mayor, 416-338-7119

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