2013 Live Green Toronto Awards - meet the winners!
Meet the fabulous five who were voted Toronto's greenest youth, individual, group, small business and corporation. Meet the winners
, view the videos, be inspired!
Toronto named top sustainable large city: 2011
Toronto is the most sustainable large city in Canada for the second year in a row, according to Corporate Knights Magazine's Sustainable Cities Ranking
. Toronto received the highest marks for Live Green Toronto
, as well as its Green Roof Bylaw, aggressive Climate Change Action Plan, and high voter turnout in 2010.
Toronto named second greenest city in Canada leading fight on climate change
Tho World Wildlife Fund Canada's Earth Hour List
, compiled in partnership with Corporate Knights, highlights positive actions being taken by municipalities to fight climate change. Toronto ranked second with a score of 7.2 out of ten.
City receives national environmental award
On June 16, 2009, the City of Toronto was recognized with a Pollution Prevention Award by the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment. The City won the prestigious honour in the category of greenhouse gas reduction for its efforts to green its own operations. More information on the award
A new report, Diverting News
, discusses the six years of successful separation carried out by the City's Agencies, Boards, Commissions and Divisions through their Waste Diversion Team. The Team was set up by Council directive to help its organizations meet a waste diversion target of 70% by 2010. The Team's waste diversion rate went from 39% in 2004 to 67% in 2010. The Team continues to network to aim for 70% and to ensure all its good work does not go to waste in the future.
City of Toronto Carbon Offset Credits
The City of Toronto generates carbon offset credits through a variety of measures such as energy efficiency retrofits of City-owned buildings, collecting methane at three City landfills, and other projects such as solar photovoltaic installations, Deep Lake Water Cooling and major tree plantings. Learn more about the City's Emissions Trading and Carbon Offset Credits
Find your Carpool Match
Find others looking to share a ride with Carpool Zone - a free, online service that can help you save money, time and more. Get started today!
Live Green Toronto Festival - where green hits the streets!
You'll find hundreds of green products and services, live music, a farmers' market, buskers, a kids' zone and more at Toronto's largest outdoor green festival. If you're green, be seen at the Live Green Toronto Festival
Get your free Live Green Toronto Membership Card!
The Live Green Toronto Membership Card
is available to people who live, work, and shop in the city of Toronto - and it's FREE! Show your card at participating businesses to receive special offers and discounts. The membership card program is one more way that Live Green Toronto
supports and inspires residents and businesses who want to do something right now to make Toronto an even greener city.
Toxics Reduction Grants
Business associations, labour groups and community organizations may apply for a ChemTRAC Toxics Reduction Grant
- up to $25,000 for projects that help reduce the use and release of toxic chemicals in Toronto.
Grants to green your neighbourhood
Community, resident and not-for-profit groups are invited to apply for funds to help green our neighbourhoods and reduce the emissions that contribute to climate change. Grants of up to $25,000 are available for community-led projects
Toronto businesses: install a cool or green roof with a grant
Applications are now being accepted for the Eco-Roof Incentive Program
– cool and green roof grants for commercial, industrial and institutional buildings in Toronto. Eligible green roof projects can receive $50/square metre up to $100,000, while cool roofs can receive $2-5/ square metre up to $50,000.
Help shape the future of electric vehicles
The City of Toronto is investigating ways to advance the use of electric vehicles (EV) in Toronto with the goal of proposing an EV strategy to City Council in 2011. Learn more on our efforts to date
Toronto launches green building initiatives
In 2010, the City of Toronto introduced two initiatives designed to help 'green' Toronto: the Toronto Green Standard and Green Roof Bylaw. Both relate to sustainable site and building design for new development with an aim to reduce Toronto's greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. Learn more
Live Green Toronto – rebates, green experts, grants and more…
Live Green Toronto's expertise, funding and one-stop website full of resources, rebates and tips has everything you need to green your home, neighbourhood and community. Get tips and rebates to help you live green, apply for a grant to green your neighbourhood, and get advice to help you get started. Visit livegreentoronto.ca
Climate Change, Clean Air & Sustainable Energy Action Plan
In July 2007, Council unanimously approved Toronto's Climate Change, Clean Air & Sustainable Energy Action Plan
. This plan outlines how the City of Toronto, and its residents, businesses and communities will cut greenhouse gas emissions, clean the air and help create a sustainable energy future.
Climate Change Adaptation
Ahead of the Storm, Toronto's climate change adaptation framework addresses the need to take pro-active, protective measures to cope with the effects of long-term changes in our weather patterns. Learn more...
GreenScenez Youth Video Challenge - watch the winning videos
Six teams of Toronto students won the chance to turn their great ‘green’ messages into 30-second videos, with the help of professional filmmakers at Planet in Focus. Watch the videos
, and find out what Toronto’s youth have to say about living green.
Smart Commute Toronto-Central promotes alternatives to single occupant vehicle trips
Smart Commute Toronto-Central
works with businesses and employees in downtown Toronto to promote sustainable alternatives to the single occupant vehicle such as walking, cycling, carpooling, public transit and telework. Our goal is to help make commuting easier, healthier and more enjoyable.
Cycling News and events
Get involved in cycling and community group activities! Subscribe to Cyclometer
, the newsletter of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF), will bring you information on climate change and air-quality related projects TAF is supporting, and put you in touch with a wide variety of urban emission reduction ideas and solutions we think need to be shared more widely.
Energy and Waste Management Office
The Energy and Waste Management Office (EWMO) is the City of Toronto's centre of expertise for internal energy conservation and waste management programs. The EWMO works with City Agencies, Boards, Commissions and Divisions to help them meet Council's energy reduction and waste diversion goals. For more information visit the new EWMO website
Home Energy Help for those in need
Home Energy Help
was a pilot program in 2010 and 2011 offered by the City of Toronto and Enbridge Gas Distribution to help those in need reduce their energy use, save money and make their home more comfortable.
Environment links on the City of Toronto Web