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Green Technologies Can Bolster Ontario's Economy

Sep 21, 2011

 For Immediate Release

 Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011 - Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley has earned a reputation, both in Chicago and across the nation, for improving Chicago's quality of life, strengthening its economy and helping Chicago become one of the most environmentally-friendly cities in the world. On Tuesday, Oct. 3, 8:30 a.m. at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, Daley will share his experience boosting economic growth by focusing on jobs and businesses of the future, including green technologies.

The workshop, which is open to the public, is presented by Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) in partnership with CSA Standards, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA), Region of Peel, Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and Region of York. The workshop will include a panel discussion and tours of leading-edge green technologies. Visit http://www.creditvalleyca.ca/low-impact-development/making-it-work/ to register or for information.

"Climate change influences both the environment and the economy," said Christine Zimmer, Manager of Protection and Restoration at CVC. "Natural disasters across the world have resulted in $265 billion in economic losses in 2011, so far."

"The Greater Toronto Area has experienced three 100-year storm events and five 50-year storm events in the past eight years," added Zimmer. "The economic cost of extreme weather events has resulted in water damage insurance claims soaring to 50 per cent from 20 per cent of all property-related claims in Canada in the past nine years, based on losses reported by Insurance Bureau of Canada."

Daley is Chicago's longest serving mayor (1989 - 2011). During his tenure, Daley earned a reputation for establishing a Green Business Strategy to help companies save money by becoming more sensitive to the environment; developing a Green Permit Program that expedites building permits and waives fees if developers use green techniques; and creating a comprehensive and detailed Chicago Climate Action Plan, to help lower greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change.

"In this changing economy and climate, we need to adapt our management approaches and overcome our perception of risk and fear of being innovative," said Zimmer. "By adopting a holistic approach to water management we can realize the benefits to investment, quality of life and the economy."

Conservation authorities work in partnership with municipalities to protect people and property through flood warning, guiding development and implementing green development. CVC has been working for more than 50 years with municipalities and public stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River area.

 

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INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Phil James P. Eng.

Water Resources Engineer

Credit Valley Conservation

Phone: 905-670-1615 ext. 234

pjames@creditvalleyca.ca

 

Christine Zimmer P.Eng., MSc (Eng)

Manager, Protection and Restoration

Credit Valley Conservation

905-670-1615 ext. 229

czimmer@creditvalleyca.ca         

 

MEDIA CONTACT:                                                                   

Marta Marychuk                                                            

Acting Supervisor, Communications                              

Credit Valley Conservation                                            

905-670-1615 ext. 224

mmarychuk@creditvalleyca.ca  

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