Finalists announced for the 2007 Green Toronto Awards



    TORONTO, March 9 /CNW/ - The Green Toronto Awards' panel of judges has
narrowed down 178 nominations to 30 finalists for this year's awards. A winner
in each of the 10 categories will be announced at the City's annual Green
Toronto Awards reception at City Hall on May 1.
    All the finalists were selected on the basis of their outstanding
achievements and contributions to making Toronto a healthy, green city. The 10
winners of Green Toronto Awards will each receive $5,000 to donate to the
environmental organization of their choice.
    "I'm inspired by the efforts of so many Toronto groups and individuals
who are committed to making this city a greener, healthier place to live,"
Mayor David Miller said after the finalists were announced this week. "The
judges faced a challenging, but no doubt invigorating, task in choosing the
finalists in each category. I'm looking forward to helping to announce the
winners at the awards event on May 1."

    Finalists by category:

    Community Projects (sponsored by Loblaw Companies Ltd.): East Toronto
    Climate Action Group; smartliving St. Lawrence; Toronto Green Community

    Energy Conservation (sponsored by AutoShare): Metro Label; Riverdale
    Initiative for Solar Energy (RISE); University of Toronto

    Environmental Awareness (sponsored by Toronto Hydro Corporation):
    Dr. You-Zhi Tang; Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF);
    Carmen Miloslavich

    Green Design (sponsored by Enbridge): Altius Architecture; Parkdale
    United Church; St. Gabriel's Church

    Green Roof (sponsored by the Clean Water Foundation): Levitt Goodman
    Architects with Perennial Gardens Corp.; NOW Magazine; Ryerson University

    Health (sponsored by Genuine Health): Carol Coiffe; Dr. David Pengelly;
    Local Flavour Plus

    Leadership (sponsored by the Toronto Community Foundation):
    Georgie Donais; Dr. David Bell; Planet in Focus

    Market Transformation (sponsored by Bullfrog Power): EnviroTower;
    Metro Toronto Convention Centre; Zipcar

    Water Efficiency (sponsored by Toronto Water): Scotia Plaza;
    South Kingsway Village; Unilever

    Youth (sponsored by TD Bank Financial Group): Chaminade College School;
    Earl Haig Junior Public School; Guildwood Junior Public School

    In addition, the environment-related programs or projects of a City
division, agency, board or commission will be recognized with an Environmental
Achievement Award. The three finalists this year are Toronto Hydro
Corporation's Summer Challenge program, Toronto Water's Operational Support,
and the City's Waste Diversion Team.
    More information is available on the Green Toronto Awards website at
www.toronto.ca/greentorontoawards.
    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of more than 2.6 million people. It is the economic
engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North
America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for
quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto's government is
dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

    Visit our website at www.toronto.ca





For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Nancy Ruscica, Co-ordinator,
Green Toronto Awards, (416) 392-2984


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