NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN FOR 7th ANNUAL GREEN TORONTO AWARDS

Who is your "eco-hero" - Nominate them today!

TORONTO, Jan. 5 /CNW/ - Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 Green Toronto Awards, the City of Toronto's environmental awards of excellence, in search of Toronto's champions of the environment. The City's Live Green Toronto program, in partnership with Green Living Enterprises, invites residents to nominate local individuals, companies and organizations leading the way to a greener Toronto.

A winner in each of 10 categories will receive an award and $5,000 that they can use to further their work on the environment or donate to an environmental charity of their choice. Categories for nomination include:

Green Home — NEW! — open to a Toronto resident who is leading change by greening their home
Green Business — NEW! — open to a business that is demonstrating excellence in green practices, strategies and products
Local Food — leadership in creating, managing and promoting local food
Community Projects — any individual, community group, or not for profit organization who act to green our neighbourhoods
Energy Conservation — systems and technologies that reduce and conserve energy
Environmental Awareness — leadership in raising eco-awareness
Green Design — leadership in innovative and sustainable green design and architecture, including eco-roofs
Leadership — individual leadership that is transforming our environment
Water Efficiency — leadership in managing and reducing water use
Youth Leadership Toronto youth (18 and under) leading by example

The deadline for nominations is Monday, February 7 (midnight), 2011. Nominations may be submitted online at www.toronto.ca/greentorontoawards.

The Green Toronto Awards ceremony will take place on Friday, April 15 at 7pm on the Main Stage at the Green Living Show, Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place.

About Green Living Enterprises:
Green Living Enterprises is a pioneer and leader in developing social and environmental marketing programs that keep consumers and clients at the forefront of the green agenda. Green Living Enterprises is a full-service, one-stop solution for green marketing, product and program development, custom publishing, and event management. Green Living Enterprises, an authentically green company, also includes Greenlivingonline.com and The Green Living Show, North America's largest green consumer show, dedicated to easy and workable solutions for leading a sustainable lifestyle. For more information, visit www.greenlivingenterprises.ca and www.greenlivingonline.com.

About Live Green Toronto:
Live Green Toronto is a City of Toronto program that offers residents and businesses a one-stop website with tips, tools and resources to green their lives; grants to green our neighbourhoods; and community animators to inspire community action. Live Green Toronto is a component of the City's Climate Change Action Plan which targets an 80% reduction in Toronto's greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. For more information, visit www.livegreentoronto.ca.

For further information:

Media contacts: 

Green Living Enterprises:Annette Borger, 416-988-7086, aborger@green-living.ca
City of Toronto: Lyne Kyle, Senior Communications Coordinator, 416-397-1410, lkyle@toronto.ca