Canada's largest employment area goes green with launch of Partners in Project Green: A Pearson Eco-Business Zone



    - Toronto set to become world-class region for environmental innovation -

    TORONTO, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - Partners in Project Green (PPG): A Pearson
Eco-Business Zone officially launched today with the unveiling of the highly
anticipated green strategy that will transform the 12,000 hectares of
industrial and commercial land surrounding Toronto Pearson International
Airport into North America's largest eco-business zone. The initiative is the
culmination of over a decade of partnership between Toronto and Region
Conservation (TRCA) and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) and will
deliver programming to help businesses reduce resource costs, uncover new
business opportunities, and address everyday operational challenges in a green
and cost-effective manner.
    "Through Partners in Project Green, TRCA will be able to continue to work
with industry leaders to promote the adoption of green technology," said Brian
Denney, Chief Administrative Officer for Toronto and Region Conservation. "The
business community can do more by working together than apart. This is a
historic first step to making Toronto the greenest place to do business."
    The Pearson Eco-Business Zone includes an estimated 12,500 businesses,
providing employment for approximately 355,000 people, making it Canada's
largest area for employment. On a yearly basis, this area consumes
approximately 5.8 million Megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity, 46 million
Gigajoules (GJ) of natural gas, and 109 million m(3) of water, resulting in
1.7 million tones of greenhouse gas emissions related to energy consumption.
The area falls under four municipal jurisdictions including The City of
Toronto, Region of Peel, City of Brampton and the City of Mississauga, who
were all strategically involved in the planning. To date more than 200
businesses have been involved in the development of the project.
    "Partners in Project Green is really the first large-scale effort at
addressing climate change in a renewal setting," explained Toby Lennox, Vice
President of Corporate Affairs and Communications at the Greater Toronto
Airports Authority. "It's also significant because it takes an integrated
approach. It doesn't just focus on energy and waste management issues - as
important as they are - it also looks at green space improvements, employee
health and productivity, and ultimately green jobs."
    Partners in Project Green will take on an eco-industrial approach to
create the Pearson Eco-Business Zone. The "eco-industrial" approach centres on
fostering business-to-business networks that gain financial benefits by
working together to green their bottom line, reducing the upfront costs of
innovation, slashing payback times, and improving operations and building
efficiency. This approach is already being advanced around the world and views
business in general as part of the local ecosystem.
    The Pearson Eco-Business Zone will include new development opportunities,
long-term renovation, retrofit and redevelopment and the ability for companies
to work together to identify and select the best green technologies for their
operations. The strategy document unveiled today outlines Partners in Project
Green initiatives including an Eco-Efficiency Program, Green Building Retrofit
Program, Sustainable Transportation initiatives, Green Purchasing Blocks,
By-Product Exchanges and more. A full version of the 109-page document is
available upon request or can be viewed online at
www.partnersinprojectgreen.com.
    For today's event details please go to
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/September2008/30/c9471.html

    About Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA):

    With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA)
helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. Our
vision is for The Living City(R) - a cleaner, greener and healthier place to
live, for you today and for your children tomorrow. For more information, call
416-661-6600 or visit us at www.trca.on.ca





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