Grade 5 students help Toronto Pearson celebrate Earth Day


    TORONTO, April 17 /CNW/ - On Friday, April 18 at 2:00 p.m., grade five
students from Dunrankin Drive Public School in Malton will be putting on their
gloves and helping Toronto Pearson perform a 20-Minute Makeover. The group
will be cleaning up a portion of land that will be used for a new walking and
cycling trail running through the airport property. Mississauga Councillor Eve
Adams will be leading the children on their clean up project which is as a
result of a new partnership between the GTAA and the City of Mississauga.
    "We are excited that the city has expanded their 20-Minute Makeover
program to include the airport lands. These children will be working on a part
of the Etobicoke Creek Trail that will eventually be opened up to the public
and will become a part of their community. They can take pride in their role,"
said Lloyd McCoomb, President and CEO of the GTAA.
    Since the GTAA assumed the operations of Toronto Pearson, efforts have
been underway to restore both the Etobicoke Creek and Spring Creek, which are
located on airport property. Work has included rebuilding eroding streambanks,
removal of barriers to fish migration and planting seedling trees throughout
the Spring Creek valley.
    As part of the 20 kilometre Etobicoke Creek Trail, which runs from Lake
Ontario to Steeles Avenue in Brampton, the GTAA has designated 3.7 kilometres
of trail on airport property to be opened to the public in 2009 as a
multipurpose recreational trail. The Etobicoke Creek Trail connects to the
Waterfront Trail which is part of the TransCanada Trail.
    The GTAA takes pride in our expansive environmental program and is
committed to reducing the airport's environmental footprint on the community.
Other key parts of the program include stormwater management, monitoring and
studying air quality, ecology, and reducing the carbon footprint of the
airport. Toronto Pearson was the only airport in North America to participate
in last month's Earth Hour.

    The GTAA is the non-share, not for profit authority that operates Toronto
Pearson. All revenue generated by the GTAA is reinvested back into the
airport. In 2007, 31.5 million passengers travelled through Toronto Pearson.




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