Torontonians can sign the Hopenhagen Petition on site
TORONTO, Dec. 15 /CNW/ - Sears Canada Inc. (TSX: SCC) is pleased to join with the City of Toronto on climate change initiatives by hosting a "Live Green Toronto" booth at the Yonge and Dundas entrance of its Toronto Eaton Centre store. The booth will be at this location for two days only, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 15 and 16, 2009.
At the Climate Summit for Mayors in Copenhagen, Mayor David Miller will represent Toronto at the site of the United Nations Climate Change Conference which is taking place December 7th to 18th, 2009. The Mayor will continue to champion the leadership and actions taken by cities around the world and in Toronto where the City has lowered its own greenhouse gas emissions by more than 40% since 1990. Toronto's goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.
Mayor Miller is Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. A recommendation from the mayors of the world to the heads of state of the world will be a central part of the U.N. Conference.
For its part, Sears Canada is taking a leading role to contribute to a more sustainable environment. Sears established a 5-year goal in 2008 to reduce its energy consumption by 20%, which it is on track to achieve. The Company has reduced the volume of paper it uses in its catalogue and retail store advertising by 28% since 2007. In its relationship with its customers, Sears performs home energy audits and provides high efficiency and ENERGY STAR(R) rated appliances to help reduce energy use. Sears Canada was named by Natural Resources Canada as ENERGY STAR Retailer of the Year for two years in a row, 2008 and 2009. Sears has won the award three times since the Award's inception in 2003, having won in its inaugural year.
"We are pleased to help showcase the good work that Mayor Miller and the City of Toronto are doing on the climate change front," said Dene Rogers, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sears Canada Inc. "The Sears store entrance at Yonge and Dundas provides a high-traffic location which Torontonians frequent in massive numbers during the weekday, especially at this time of year. If our donation of space helps communicate Mayor Miller's message on climate change to a broader audience than would otherwise be possible, much would be accomplished during this time of heightened awareness on climate change throughout the world."
The booth will be staffed by representatives from the City of Toronto and Sears Canada between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. City of Toronto personnel will be on hand to inform the public on the Live Green Toronto program while Sears associates will be available to answer questions on the products and services it can offer to Canadians to help them live greener and healthier lifestyles.
A laptop connected to the internet will also allow the public to sign the online petition called "Let's Turn Copenhagen into Hopenhagen". The Hopenhagen petition is sponsored by the United Nations and will be presented, along with every name supporting it, to world leaders at the Conference. So far, there are over 1.8 million names attached to the online petition.
"I thank Dene Rogers and the Sears Canada team for helping us spread the climate change message to the citizens of Toronto at this very significant time in our history," said David Miller, Mayor of Toronto. "I encourage every Torontonian to make their voices heard by world leaders attending the Climate Change Conference by signing the Hopenhagen petition. They can do this at Sears over the next two days or sign-up online at www.livegreentoronto.ca."
Toronto's innovative environmental solutions will be showcased in the "Future Cities" Pavilion at the Summit, along with nine other leading cities of the world. A 3-minute video will showcase many of Toronto's innovative environmental solutions including our Deep Lake Water Cooling system, the largest of its kind in the world. The system uses cold water from Lake Ontario to reduce the energy demand for air-conditioning in high-rise buildings in downtown Toronto, including City Hall, by up to 90 per cent and delivers additional environmental benefits. This video, produced by Toronto's ARC Institute, will be on display continually Tuesday and Wednesday at Sears.
Sears Canada is a multi-channel retailer with a network of 196 corporate stores, 195 dealer stores, 38 home improvement showrooms, over 1,800 catalogue merchandise pick-up locations, 108 Sears Travel offices and a nationwide home maintenance, repair, and installation network. The Company also publishes Canada's most extensive general merchandise catalogue and offers shopping online at www.sears.ca.
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For further information: For further information: Contact for Media: Stuart Green, Deputy Director of Communications, Office of Mayor Miller, (416) 338-7119; Vincent Power, Sears Canada, Corporate Communications, (416) 941-4422, firstname.lastname@example.org