Clean Air Foundation Receives Prestigious Environmental Health Award

    TORONTO, June 3 /CNW/ - The Clean Air Foundation has been awarded the
silver Environmental Health Award for its highly successful mercury collection
programs - Switch Out and Switch the 'Stat. The honor was presented to the
organization last night at the Canadian Environment Awards, which recognizes
individuals and groups of Canadians who have made outstanding contributions to
the protection, restoration and preservation of the Canadian environment.
    "This award is a testament to the dedication of our team and partners,"
said Ersilia Serafini, Executive Director of the Clean Air Foundation. "We are
committed to building on the success of both programs and delivering even
greater results as we expand the Switch the 'Stat program beyond Ontario and
take the Switch Out program national this year."
    The Environmental Health Award is part of the Community Awards category.
These awards are given to organizations that provide Canadians with
sustainable choices and the savvy to make responsible environmental decisions.
Each winner puts Canadians' right to a healthy environment first. Clean Air
Foundation has been presented with Community Awards twice before - once in
2005 for its Mow Down Pollution program and again in 2007 for its Car Heaven
    Switch Out currently operates in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta,
Quebec and the Atlantic provinces, and this year will expand to all provinces
and territories across Canada. As a result of funding from Canada's steel and
automotive industries, the program will now allow for the expansion of the
existing infrastructure to collect, remove and manage mercury-containing
switches from retired vehicles, as well as produce educational materials for
recyclers across the country.
    Switch Out is the first program in Canada to address the use of mercury
in vehicles and mercury emissions from vehicle recycling. The program works to
recover mercury from vehicles before they are recycled to prevent its release
into the environment. Since 2001, the program has collected more than
189,000 switches from end-of-life vehicles, saving 160 kilograms of mercury
from being leaked into the environment.
    Created in April 2006, Switch the 'Stat encourages the installation of
energy-efficient programmable thermostats and responsibly recovers older
mercury-containing thermostats. To date, this program has collected more than
10,600 switches from thermostats, thereby recovering more than 27 kilograms of
    Since 2001, Switch Out and Switch the 'Stat have recovered almost
200,000 mercury-containing switches and ensured that more than 185 kilograms
of mercury have not been released into the environment.

    About Clean Air Foundation:

    The Clean Air Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to
developing, implementing and managing public engagement programs and strategic
approaches leading to measurable emissions reductions, air quality improvement
and climate protection. The Foundation manages seven public engagement
programs - Car Heaven(TM), Mow Down Pollution(TM), Keep Cool(TM), Go Solar,
Switch the 'Stat, Switch Out and Cool Shops(TM).

For further information:

For further information: Stephanie Nadalin, Optimum Public Relations,
(416) 306-6561,

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