Greening Greater Toronto Earns Green Toronto Award for Leadership

TORONTO, April 18 /CNW/ - CivicAction's Greening Greater Toronto is thrilled to accept the City of Toronto's Green Toronto Award for Leadership. This award recognizes the leadership of more than 1,000 people who have volunteered their wisdom and resources to Greening Greater Toronto's work since it launched three years ago.

The Leadership award, generously sponsored by the Toronto Community Foundation, is presented to an individual, organization, or company that has gone above and beyond in helping transform the city's environment.  Greening Greater Toronto received the award in recognition of its work to overcome the barriers to environmental progress in the Toronto region.

The award celebrates Greening Greater Toronto's portfolio of four key projects: the Commercial Building Energy Initiative, bringing office building landlords and tenants together in a unique collaboration to reduce office energy use; the Green Procurement initiative, which aims to leverage purchasing decisions to reduce organizations' environmental impact; the Greening Canada Fund that supports communities and the environment by helping Canadian corporations invest in local energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that produce carbon offset credits; and the recently launched Living City Report Card, the most in-depth analysis of the environment and the activities that drive environmental health of any Canadian city region. Developed in partnership with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, the Report Card raises awareness of what organizations, governments and residents need to do to improve the region's environmental performance.

"We so appreciate this recognition of our role in helping transform the way we build and sustain our region," said Linda Weichel, Managing Director of Greening Greater Toronto.  "We'd like to thank the judges, the award sponsor, Toronto Community Foundation, our voluntary leaders who serve as our co-chairs and our more than 200 partners across the region. Their collaboration and commitment reflects the true spirit of leadership, and has directly contributed to the success of our work."

This leadership will continue to inform Greening Greater Toronto's work as it develops its priorities for future action based on research, consultation and discussion at CivicAction's recent Greater Toronto Summit 2011.

The City's environmental awards of excellence recognize the individuals, organizations and companies helping to lead the way to a cleaner, greener and more liveable Toronto. The awards were presented at the seventh annual Green Toronto Awards ceremony, held at the Green Living Show at Exhibition Place on April 15.  Read the City of Toronto's release here.

About Greening Greater Toronto:
Greening Greater Toronto (www.greeninggreatertoronto.ca) is an initiative of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance (www.civicaction.ca), is a multi-sectoral coalition of thousands of civic leaders committed to acting collectively to tackle tough issues and big opportunities facing the Toronto region. More than 200 partners from corporations, government, and the non-profit sector have joined the Greening Greater Toronto initiative and support the vision of a flourishing region renowned for its environmental action and innovation.

SOURCE CivicAction

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Media Contact:
Rebecca Geller
Communications and Events Officer, CivicAction
rebecca.geller@civicaction.ca
(416) 992-4966 (cell)
(416) 309-4480 x509 (work)


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