Peel Recognized for Air Quality Improvement Efforts
Certificate Presented at 2010 Clean Air and Climate Change Summit
BRAMPTON, ON. (June 2, 2010) – At the 2010 Clean Air and Climate Change Summit held on June 2, 2010 at Toronto City Hall, the Region of Peel was presented with a Recognition Certificate for its many air quality initiatives that have resulted in emission reductions and cost savings.
The summit brings together municipal, provincial and federal levels of government who are working on actions to improve local air quality. A key outcome of the Summit will be the “Toronto and Region 2010 Inter-governmental Declaration on Clean Air”. The Declaration which was signed by Councillor Eve Adams,outlines joint actions on air quality and climate change. Peel has been a signatory to the Declaration since 2001.
“On behalf of the Region, I’m delighted that Peel is being recognized for its air quality initiatives,” said Councillor Adams when she accepted the Recognition Certificate. “I’m proud of the many significant steps we are taking to improve the lives of the citizens of Peel.”
“Improving air quality is a priority for the Region,” said Paul Callanan, Peel Region’s Director of Environmental Health. “This summit is a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with municipalities in the GTA and other levels of government on actions to improve local air quality.”
In its more than 50 air quality initiatives between 2009-2010, the Region of Peel has taken a leadership role in developing programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, raise community awareness, provide residents with practical ways to reduce their energy consumption and introduce practices that enhance environmental performance. For example,
- incorporating green building standards into paramedic services buildings has resulted in reduced annual greenhouse gas emissions and $20,000 savings in energy operating costs;
- a front-end recycling program rolled out to local schools in 2010 will result in fewer trucks and reduced emissions;
- energy cost savings from Building Automation System (BAS) installations; and,
- solar domestic hot water building retrofits at long term care and police training facilities will create significant energy savings and greenhouse gas reductions.
“Overall, we estimate that the Region’s 2010 Actions to Improve Air Quality will reduce greenhouse gases by just under two tonnes,” said Mr. Callanan.
For more information on Regional air quality initiatives, please call the Region of Peel – Public Health at 905-799-7700 or visit www.peelregion.ca/health/cleanairpeel. Caledon residents can call toll-free at 905-594-2216.