Toronto, July 11, 2007 - Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone (Ward 19, Trinity Spadina) was on hand today at City Hall to accept Toronto’s new designation as Canada’s first LED City.

LED City, launched in February 2007 in Raleigh, North Carolina with the support of Cree, Inc., focuses on fostering and sharing information and experiences among participants. By participating in the initiative, Toronto will benefit from Raleigh’s knowledge, while sharing the vast knowledge it has accumulated through current projects in the city. Future LED cities will also be able to benefit from this vast knowledge.

“I fully expect that deploying LED technology throughout Toronto will significantly reduce energy use, fight climate change, cut costs, and make our city even safer, ” said Deputy Mayor Pantalone. “Toronto already has a lot of knowledge to share, from the evolution of simple LED Christmas lights which began to adorn street trees in select BIAs in 2003, to the now wondrous artistic affair that is the Toronto Cavalcade of Lights; from the innovative streetlight program currently being showcased at Exhibition Place, to the amazing LED display which has recently enhanced Toronto’s favourite landmark, the CN Tower - now the world’s ‘largest free standing beacon’ for the future of LED technology.”

"Climate change is the issue of our time, perhaps of all time,” said Mayor Miller. “The latest generation of LED lighting is an excellent example of the type of cutting edge energy efficiency technology that will help Toronto remain among the leaders in the fight against climate change.”

Deputy Mayor Pantalone was joined by project leaders John Kiru, Executive Director of TABIA (Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas), Brian Owen and Chantal Brundage of TABIA’s environmental arm, GreenTbiz and Gregory Merritt, Director of Corporate Marketing for Cree, Inc.

The LED City initiative was developed by Cree, Inc. in partnership with Raleigh, North Carolina and made possible in Toronto through a committed partnership between TABIA and the City of Toronto.

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.