Tell Mayor David Miller how to build a cleaner, greener City



    TORONTO, April 25 /CNW/ - How should the City of Toronto tackle climate
change? Online commentary suggests the City should consider:
    
    -  stopping businesses from wasting energy by leaving their doors wide
       open during the summer
    -  revising its limousine bylaw to allow hybrid limousines
    -  supporting greater investment in clean technology and regulations
    -  issuing fines for major polluters
    -  investigating alternatives to the internal combustion engine.
    

    "This is exactly the kind of feedback we need and want," said Mayor David
Miller of the comments posted on the City's website. "It's clear that the
environment is important to Torontonians. Climate change will be addressed in
both big and small ways, and everyone's participation is essential. Join me at
the Climate Change Action Forum on April 29."
    "I encourage all Torontonians to help develop the City's Climate Change
and Clean Air Action Plan and let us know how you can contribute," added
Councillor Paula Fletcher, Chair of the City's Parks and Environment
Committee. "Attend the Forum or participate online at
www.toronto.ca/environment ."
    Torontonians are encouraged to attend the April 29 Forum and talk about
the 27 actions identified in Change is in the Air: Toronto's Commitment to an
Environmentally Sustainable Future. Mayor David Miller wants to hear from you
on:

    
    -  What actions should the City take to reduce Toronto's greenhouse gas
       emissions and address climate change?
    -  How can the City of Toronto help you live a more environmentally-
       friendly lifestyle?

    In addition, participants can visit the Open House, an hour of interactive
displays that will include a Hybrid TTC bus, a City Fleet display that
includes a Smart Car and a hybrid vehicle, and up to 20 other displays that
showcase City of Toronto environmental initiatives.

    Climate Change Action Forum

    Date:        Sunday, April 29
    Time:        Open House: noon to 1 p.m.; Forum: 1 to 4 p.m.
    Location:    Direct Energy Centre, Hall C, Exhibition Place

    Participants can register by calling Access Toronto at 416-338-0338. TTY
416-338-0889.

    The two questions can also be answered by:

    Online comment card: www.toronto.ca/environment
    E-mail: changeisintheair@toronto.ca
    Telephone: 416-338-0338
    Mail:  Toronto Environment Office
           City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.
           21st Floor, East Tower
           Toronto, ON, M5H 2N2

    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to
a diverse population of about 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 contacts: Lawson Oates, Director, Toronto
Environment Office, (416) 392-9744; Stuart Green, Deputy Director of
Communications, Office of the Mayor, (416) 338-7119; Cindy Bromley,
Communications Manager, (416) 392-4993


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