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Toronto and Region Conservation Announce Recipients for the 2013 Living City Awards

Nov 08, 2013


For Immediate Distribution

(Toronto, November 8, 2013) -  The 2013 Living City Awards were presented last night at the annual Living City Environmental Dinner to organizations who exemplify Toronto and Region Conservation's (TRCA's) vision for The Living City, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity. There are three awards that represent each of The Living City objectives for healthy rivers and shorelines, regional biodiversity and sustainable communities.

 The Charles Sauriol Environmental Leadership Award is a new award this year. This award is presented to an individual who exemplifies TRCA's vision for the Living City, who practices sustainable methods in their everyday life and who influences the community around them.

 The Living City Award:  Healthy Rivers and Shorelines

Awarded to Kleinburg North Landowners Group and The Sorbara Group for "The Humber North Extension" and "Prairiewood" projects.

 Both the Humber North Extension Area and the Prairiewood project represent groundbreaking Low Impact Development (LID) subdivisions in both Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville respectively. Each project incorporates a variety of best practices to better manage water stormwater runoff at the source rather than through conventional runoff controls.

 The Living City Award:  Regional Biodiversity

Awarded to Coca-Cola Canada for the support of "Tommy Thompson Cell 2 Fish Habitat and Wetlands Creation Project"

In recognition of Coca-Cola's $500,000 in funding to transform an industrial confined disposal facility at Tommy Thompson Park into a 9.3 hectare wetland.  The Cell 2 Wetland Creation Project will improve sediment and water quality; create important habitat for fish and wildlife; and provide the public with greenspace for nature-based activities.  

 The Living City Award:  Sustainable Communities

Awarded to Willis Energy Services for their commitment to "Mentoring to Placement for Environmental Professionals Program"

 Willis Energy Services has taken their commitment to diversity to a new level by engaging with the Mentoring to Placement (M2P) program at TRCA to bring on board three internationally trained professionals in both short and long term placement opportunities with their Toronto office. This benefits the environmental sector by helping to ensure the skills of internationally trained professionals can be applied on projects that address energy conservation and sustainability.

 Charles Sauriol Environmental Leadership Award

Awarded to Mr. Paul Golini for his commitment to "Environmental Sustainability"

 Mr. Golini is the Executive Vice President of Empire Communities and the past chair of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD).  Mr. Golini is a supporter of sustainable building and has been quoted in the Toronto Star saying that we must "...embrace sustainability for what it is and not fear it as a sort of black hole that it sometimes becomes."



About Toronto and Region Conservation


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