Toronto, July 17, 2007 - With City Council’s unanimous passage of the first phase of Toronto’s Climate Change, Clean Air and Sustainable Energy Action Plan last night, Toronto is poised to implement the most ambitious environmental plan in North America.
“Climate change is the issue of our time - of all time - and it’s up to cities to lead on this important issue,” said Mayor David Miller. “With this plan we will begin to change for the better the way we live, work and travel about our great city. Torontonians are ready to act and it’s up to us to provide them with the tools they need to make a difference.”
The plan, which was made a priority by Mayor Miller and crafted with substantial public and stakeholder input, will see the City of Toronto and its residents, businesses and communities take action to cut greenhouse gas emissions, clean the air and ensure a sustainable energy future. It is designed to not only achieve the Kyoto greenhouse gas reduction target but substantially exceed it.
In addition to actions to green the City’s internal operations, the Plan delivers a number of programs and initiatives that will benefit residents, businesses and community groups including:
- a Live Green Toronto program to encourage Torontonians to adopt more environmentally friendly lifestyles and reduce energy use at home
- a framework to renew Toronto’s concrete high-rise residential buildings
- a pilot program for residential solar hot water heating
- a “one-window” source of information on federal, provincial, municipal, private sector and community programs related to energy and the environment
- a plan to promote local food production and increase community gardens
- community energy planning
- a plan to double Toronto’s tree canopy
- a plan to shift taxis and limousines to low emission or hybrid technology.
The Plan sees initial funding of $42 million for energy conservation measures, $20 million for renewable energy projects and $22 million for retrofitting City facilities.
Toronto’s Climate Change, Clean Air and Sustainable Energy Plan: Phase One is available on the City’s website at http://www.toronto.ca/environment
or by calling Access Toronto at 416-338-0338. Phase Two of the Action Plan will build on the actions in Phase One and help move the City even closer to its goals. Phase Two will go to City Council in the spring of 2008.