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 May 2009 - Nr. 5

Mayor David Miller, Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone and actor and environmentalist Ed Begley Jr. announced the winners of the 2009 Green Toronto Awards at the Direct Energy Centre on the Green Living Show Main Stage last evening.

The Green Toronto Awards, the result of a partnership between the City of Toronto and Green Living, recognize the individuals, organizations and companies that are helping lead the way to a greener Toronto.

The 10 winners, selected from among the largest number of nominations ever received by the City, were awarded a prestigious Green Toronto Award and $5,000 to donate to a registered charity of their choice.

"We celebrate you for your leadership and the difference you are making right here and right now in Toronto," Mayor Miller said to the Green Toronto Award winners and finalists. "And we celebrate you because who you are as leaders, and what you have accomplished, paves the way for an even greener Toronto tomorrow. Your leadership makes it possible for other individuals, organizations and companies across the city to see new possibilities for themselves as they look to take action to green our homes, communities and workplaces."

And the winners are . . .

Roscoe Handford for her work to transform the neglected Wychwood TTC repair barns into Artscape Wychwood Barns, an eco-friendly paradise:
Community Projects Award, sponsored by Loblaw Companies Limited

Enbridge Gas Distribution for building an innovative hybrid fuel cell plant that produces near zero-emission electricity: Energy Conservation Award, sponsored by Ontario Power Authority

Green Thumbs Growing Kids for making ecological food production part of the inner city school day for children: Environmental Awareness Award, sponsored by Toronto Hydro.

The Now House Project Inc. for its near zero-energy retrofit of a wartime home and goal to inspire the retrofit of a million similar homes across Canada: Green Design Award, sponsored by Enbridge Gas Distribution.

Mahogany Management for its green roof on a supportive housing building for tenants suffering from a history of mental illness: Green Roof Award, sponsored by Stantec.

Enermodal Engineering for designing buildings that reduce energy use and waste and for its role in LEED certification: Leadership Award, supported by Toronto Community Foundation.

Deborah Doncaster for her work that culminated in the development of the Green Energy Act: Market Transformation Award, sponsored by Green Living.

Campbell Company of Canada for its water recovery program, which saves millions of litres of water each month: Water Efficiency Award, sponsored by Toronto Water.

Kipling C.I.’s EcoTeam for engaging students and the broader community in initiatives which meet the needs of the community, in several languages: Youth Award, sponsored by TD Friends of the Environment.

Toronto Food Policy Council for its work to foster partnerships and promote food as a critical environmental issue: Bob Hunter Environmental Achievement Award.

Winning videos from the GreenSceneZ Toronto Youth Video Challenge premiered at the awards ceremony. Through the challenge - the result of a partnership between the City, Planet in Focus, the Toronto District School Board and Toronto Catholic District School Board - six teams of students in grades 7 through 12 won the opportunity to turn their ideas about what it means to live green into 30-second videos.

For more information about the Green Toronto Awards winners and finalists, visit

For more information on the Green Living Show, please visit

For more information about GreenSceneZ Toronto, please visit

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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.


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