Toronto - Wondering how you can reduce your carbon footprint? The City of Toronto makes environmental responsibility simple and easy with its range of green programs and initiatives. Attendees will discover how to ‘Live Green’ at Canada Blooms 2008: The Toronto Flower and Garden Show from Wednesday, March 12 to Sunday, March 16, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

“By protecting our environment, Toronto residents also can achieve better health, lower their utility bills, save on discretionary spending, and access better quality food and greener products,” said Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone. “When each of us makes the choice to Live Green, we all help to build a more beautiful, healthier and liveable city.”

Plant and garden lovers can access City programs that will help them make healthy choices, conserve natural resources and strengthen neighbourhoods and communities. Find out about incentives that save money, produce healthy homes and protect our environment. Most of all, Torontonians can discover how to lessen their impact on the environment by doing 10 simple things outlined in the Live Green Toronto program.

Various City divisions have collaborated on Toronto’s Live Green Toronto display. Experts from the following participating divisions will be on hand for the duration of the show to educate residents about various environmental programs and incentives offered by the City of Toronto: Parks, Forestry and Recreation; Energy Efficiency; Environment; Toronto Water; Public Health; City Planning; and Transportation Services.

Lawson Oates, Director of the Toronto Environmental Office, will deliver an interactive presentation on how to Live Green as part of Civic Sunday programming on March 16 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

The City of Toronto’s Live Green Toronto display is located in the Northeast Marketplace, Hall G on the 800 Level of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, 222 Bremner Blvd.

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 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.