Get involved in Toronto's Climate Change Action Forum

    TORONTO, April 13 /CNW/ - On Sunday, April 29, Torontonians are invited
to join Mayor David Miller to begin developing the City's Climate Change and
Clean Air Action Plan.

    At the Action Forum, participants will have an opportunity to:

    -   Learn more about the environmental issues, challenges and
        opportunities relevant to climate change in the City of Toronto.

    -   Provide feedback on the City's 27 proposed actions to reduce
        greenhouse gas and smog emissions, which include:
              - retrofitting 50% of single family homes and small businesses
                for energy efficiency by 2020
              - reducing personal use of small engines such as leaf blowers
                and gas mowers
              - expanding and extending programs that support renewable

    -   Tell us what they can do to make a difference.

    "We are inviting the citizens of Toronto to get involved in developing
and implementing a Climate Change and Clean Air Action Plan that will see
everyone - residents, communities, businesses, industry and the Toronto
government - work together, take action and do our part," said Mayor David
Miller. "Reducing greenhouse gases is the issue of our time. Maybe of all
    The City's framework for public engagement on climate change, called
Change is in the Air: Toronto's Commitment to an Environmentally Sustainable
Future, was released last month. It provides ideas on the strategies,
policies, programs and projects needed to meet the City's ambitious reduction
targets, and identifies 27 potential actions that the Toronto Government,
residents, businesses and industry can take to tackle climate change and
improve air quality.
    Toronto is proposing to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the Toronto
urban area by 6% by 2012 (based on 1990 levels), 30% by 2020, and 80% by 2050.
It is also proposing to reduce smog-causing pollutants by 20% by 2012.
    Participant-feedback from the Action Forum will be integrated into a bold
and comprehensive Clean Air and Climate Change Action Plan to reduce Toronto's
greenhouse gas emissions and smog-causing pollutants.
    More information about the Climate Change Action Forum and the City's
framework, Change is in the Air, is available on the City's website at

    Climate Change Action Forum will take place:

    Date:        Sunday, April 29

    Time:        Noon to 1 p.m. - Open House with energy efficiency
                 exhibits and information
                 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Action Forum

    Location:    Exhibition Place, Direct Energy Centre, Hall C

    Participants must register in advance by calling Access Toronto at
    Comments and feedback on the 27 proposed actions can also be sent to the
City via e-mail at: or phone: 416-338-0338.

    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.

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For further information:

For further information: Lawson Oates, Director, Toronto Environment
Office, (416) 392-9744; Stuart Green, Deputy Director of Communications,
Mayor's Office, (416) 338-7119; Cindy Bromley, Communications Manager, (416)

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