Toronto's Lower Don Lands selected for newly launched Climate Positive Development Program



    
    New Clinton Climate Initiative program to demonstrate economic,
    environmental strategies for sustainable urban growth
    

    TORONTO, May 19 /CNW/ - Waterfront Toronto's Lower Don Lands development
was announced today as one among 16 founding projects of the Climate Positive
Development Program, a Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) program that will
support the development of large-scale urban projects that demonstrate cities
can grow in ways that are "climate positive." Climate Positive real estate
developments will strive to reduce the amount of on-site CO2 emissions to
below zero.
    The Climate Positive Development Program was launched by President
Clinton, Founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation, on May 19, 2009, at the
C40 Summit in Seoul, South Korea. Along with the other founding projects,
Waterfront Toronto - Lower Don Lands will demonstrate Climate Positive
strategies, setting a compelling environmental and economic example for cities
to follow.
    To reduce the net greenhouse gas emissions of their Climate Positive
Development projects to below zero, property developers and local governments
will agree to work in partnership on specific areas of activity. This includes
implementing economically viable innovations in buildings, the generation of
clean energy, waste management, water management, and transportation and
outdoor lighting systems.
    Last year, for the first time, half the world's population (3.2 billion
people) lived in cities, and that figure is expected to grow to 70 percent by
2050. Cities also occupy just 2 percent of the world's landmass, yet are
responsible for more than two-thirds of global energy use and greenhouse gas
emissions. How cities change and grow is therefore a critical component to
tackling the climate crisis.
    C40 Chair David Miller, Toronto Mayor and Waterfront Toronto board
member, said, "We're proud to support the participation of the Lower Don Lands
in the Climate Positive Development Program. This is a fantastic opportunity
to showcase Toronto's experience in livable, sustainable and diverse
neighbourhoods, and help create a network of leading edge 'climate-positive'
communities around the world."
    "Waterfront Toronto is thrilled to be part of the Clinton Climate
Initiative that will advance the innovation and profile of important
sustainable city building projects like the Lower Don Lands," said John
Campbell, President of Waterfront Toronto. "The Lower Don Lands project
proposes an approach to an urbanized river that few cities have taken before.
We are working to re-locate the mouth of a river, restore the river to a
condition that nature would applaud, create new parks along its edges and
build the most carbon neutral new urban neighbourhoods possible."
    The Lower Don Lands is a 125-hectare (308 acres) brownfield waterfront
site east of downtown Toronto. Waterfront Toronto is transforming the area
through innovative and sustainable city building models. Plans include
re-naturalizing the Don River mouth, re-routing it to address flood
protection, and the creation of wetland and natural green space creation in an
urban estuary. The river will be the centerpiece of a new mixed-use
sustainable community.
    The design will achieve climate-positive goals using passive design,
optimizing climatic effects from sun and wind, and prioritizing transit and
multi-mode transportation options. Energy planning raises the bar for building
energy efficiency and in de-emphasizing the reliance on the grid. The design
also includes strategies for water re-use and leading edge information
technology to support sustainable living and working.
    The project is globally unique in size, scope, and complexity. The
integrated design approach with landscape architects, urban designers and
leading sustainability experts brings together infrastructure, public realm,
and scientific approaches to connect the city, lake and river in a dynamic and
balanced relationship.
    By combining CCI's business and finance expertise with the technical
knowledge of the USGBC, the Climate Positive Development program will support
the planning and implementation process for each real estate development and
establish the standards and metrics by which the sites can measure climate
positive outcomes.
    When the initial 16 projects are completed, nearly one million people
will live and work in Climate Positive communities. These communities will be
located in Melbourne, Australia; Palhoca, Brazil; Toronto, Canada; Victoria,
Canada; Ahmedabad, India; Jaipur, India; outside Panama City, Panama;
Pretoria, South Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa; Seoul, South Korea;
Stockholm, Sweden; London, UK; San Francisco, USA and Destiny Florida, USA.

    About the Clinton Climate Initiative

    The William J. Clinton Foundation launched the Clinton Climate Initiative
(CCI) to create and advance solutions to the core issues driving climate
change. Working with governments and businesses around the world to tailor
local solutions that are economically and environmentally sustainable, CCI
focuses on three strategic program areas: increasing energy efficiency in
cities, catalyzing the large-scale supply of clean energy, and working to
measure and value the carbon absorbed by forests. In each of these programs,
CCI uses a holistic approach to address the major sources of greenhouse gas
emissions and the people, policies, and practices that impact them. CCI serves
as the action arm of the C40, an association of large cities around the world
that have pledged to accelerate their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions. To learn more about the work of the Clinton Climate Initiative and
the William J. Clinton Foundation, please visit www.clintonfoundation.org





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For further information: For media enquiries contact: Sheri DeCarlo,
Waterfront Toronto, (416) 214-1344 x 279; Don Wanagas, Director of
Communications, Office of Toronto Mayor David Miller, (416) 338-7134


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