April 11,2005

Toronto chooses first Environmental Awards of Excellence winners

A panel of 35 judges has chosen 24 local individuals and groups to receive Toronto's first Environmental Awards of Excellence. Three projects in each of eight categories are being recognized, and the judges will now narrow the field further by choosing one winner of a Green Toronto Award from each category's recipients. The eight winners of Green Toronto Awards, who will be announced at City Hall on May 2, will receive $5,000 to donate to the environmental organization of their choice.

The Green Toronto Awards honour initiatives that are changing the face of the city by contributing to its environmental health and sustainability. The awards program received a total of 155 nominations.

The recipients of the 2005 Environmental Awards of Excellence include businesses, community and youth groups and non-profit organizations.

Leadership awards (sponsored by the Toronto Community Foundation): Geoff Cape, Jerry DeMarco and Second Harvest Community.

Project awards (sponsored by Loblaw Companies): the High Park Advisory Council, The thINK FOOD/Phones-for-Food project and the Toronto Bay Initiative.

Green Design awards (sponsored by Roots Canada): Beach Solar Laundromat, Norman (Sam) Benvie and Stantec Architecture.

Resource Conservation awards (sponsor to be confirmed): Enwave, Green$avers and MintoUrban Communities.

Health awards (sponsored by Ace Bakery): FoodShare, Hoof & Cycle and Real Food for Real Kids Market.

Transformation awards (sponsored by the Summerhill Group): Annette Verschuren (Home Depot Canada president), Grassroots Environmental Products and Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA).

Youth awards (sponsored by the TD Bank Financial Group): Eco-Team 2004-2005 (James S Bell Middle School), Jennifer Gordon and Serve Canada.

Environmental Awareness awards (sponsored by Toronto Hydro): Chris McKhool, Citizens' Environment Watch and The Stop Community Food Centre.

More information on the Environmental Awards of Excellence and the Green Toronto Awards is available on Toronto's Web site, www.toronto.ca/environment.

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