Minto receives the 2007 Leadership Award for City Livability from the Canadian Urban Institute!



    TORONTO, June 15 /CNW/ - MintoUrban Communities is among the recipients
of the 2007 Leadership Awards presented by the Canadian Urban Institute.
Minto, a real estate development construction and management company dedicated
to sustainable development and healthy environments was presented with The
City Livability Award. This award honours outstanding individuals and
corporations that have made meaningful contributions to the quality of urban
life by creating more livable spaces in Toronto.
    Minto's winning submission demonstrated leadership in improving city
livability by addressing five major urban environmental issues: Natural
Resource Conservation; Air Quality; Waste Diversion; Education; and Market
Transformation.
    Minto continues to set new standards for buildings that are sustainable
and energy efficient. In 2005, Minto committed to designing and building all
of its' high-rise communities as LEED(R) Canada (Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design) rated buildings. LEED(R) is a third party verification
standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. In 2005
Minto's new development Radiance@MintoGardens, located in North York, was the
first and is still the only LEED(R)-Canada Silver certified condominium in the
country.
    "Minto's approach is to put our customers and the environment first.
That's why our goal is to build all our future apartments and condominiums to
the LEED(R) standard of design and construction," said Alan Greenberg,
President, MintoUrban Communities Inc.
    "Through healthy-living building practices, LEED(R) buildings provide
better air quality and a more comfortable and healthy indoor environment for
residents, as well they realize substantial cost savings on their utilities."
said Andrew Pride, Vice-President of Minto Energy Management.
    Minto has also been selected among the very best in the country to
construct an environmentally friendly home as part of the CMHC Equilibrium
Housing Initiative. Inspiration(TM) The Minto Eco-Home is currently under
construction in Manitock, Ontario and will deliver on the goal of the CMHC
Initiative to create healthy, energy-efficient housing that produces as much
energy as it consumes on a yearly basis.
    Minto energy innovations are unique and extensive, reducing overall
consumption by over 35% compared to code. The MintoInspired HRV (heat recovery
ventilation) delivers fresh, filtered air to each suite and circulates healthy
air throughout for improved ventilation and living comfort. The energy saving
"All off Switch" turns off all ceiling lights and exhaust fans with the flick
of one switch.
    Other environmental features in new Minto developments include renewable
passive solar energy; rainwater harvesting; low flow showerheads and dual
flush toilets; energy efficient appliances; motion sensor controls on common
area lighting; compact fluorescent lighting; ease of use of public transit by
being located close to the subway line; the installation of multi stream waste
systems; green power through renewable energy certificates.
    Minto has seen results that are clear and measurable - waste diversion
rates exceed 70% due to innovative and convenient multi-stream waste systems,
and over 50% less water consumption has been tracked over a typical new
building (saving 30,000,000 litres of water annually).

    
    As an industry leader, Minto has been recognized with:

    -   2007 Minto Roehampton Tree Planting Ceremony with Mayor Miller to
        celebrate Canada newest and greenest rental building

    -   2007 Minto is asked to be part of the CMHC Equilibrium Housing
        Initiative and begins plans to build Inspiration The Minto EcoHome

    -   2005 & 2006 City of Toronto, Green Toronto Award of Excellence;

    -   2006 Globe Award of Excellence in Urban Sustainability, Finalist;

    -   2005 Natural Resources Canada Energy Efficiency Award.

    -   2004 Environmental Building of the Year for MintoYorkville from the
        Urban Development Institute
    

    Minto is honoured to accept the 2007 City Livability Award and is
committed to demonstrating environmental leadership that will improve the
quality of life for their residents while playing an integral part in creating
a healthier more livable Toronto.





For further information:

For further information: Andrew Pride, MintoUrban Communities Inc., t.
(416) 977-0777, t. (416) 913-2077, energy@minto.com; Diane Wallace, Corporate
Communications, MintoUrban Communities Inc., t. (416) 596-6194,
dwallace@minto.com

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