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7th Annual GTA Smog Summit

Friday, June 2nd 2006 1:22:43pm

Federal, provincial and municipal governments to sign Toronto and Region Inter-governmental Declaration on Clean Air

Join representatives from all levels of government, and community and business partners at the 2006 Smog Summit to learn more about the state of air quality in the GTA and actions initiated to reduce air polluting emissions.


Wednesday, June 7, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  (See schedule below). Best Practices Exchange: June 7, from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; June 8, from 9:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.  (See schedule below).


Toronto City Hall Council Chambers, 100 Queen Street West, (North-west corner of Queen Street West and Bay Street)


Ontario Minister of the Environment, Laurel Broten

Ontario Minister of Transportation, Donna Cansfield

Mayor David Miller, City of Toronto

Eva Ligeti, Executive Director, Clean Air Partnership

Lino Luison, Vice President, Opportunity Development, Enbridge Gas Distribution

Members of the Greater Toronto Area Clean Air Council (GTA-CAC)

For more information, please contact:

Eva Ligeti, Executive Director, Clean Air Partnership cap@cleanairpartnership.org,
phone: 416.392.6672


The Clean Air Partnership is a registered charity that works in partnership to promote and coordinate actions to improve local air quality and reduce greenhouse gases for healthy communities.


9:00 – 9:05
Welcome from Toronto Mayor David Miller

9:05 – 9:10
Welcome from Enbridge Gas Distribution, - Lino Luison, Vice President, Opportunity Development

Federal Minister of the Environment, Rona Ambrose (tbc)

Climate Change, Smog and Air Quality: Making the Connections– Eva Ligeti, Clean Air Partnership

Provincial Minister of the Environment, Laurel Broten
Provincial Minister of Transportation, Donna Cansfield

Fresh Air Fair and Give Us Your Air Pollution Solution Essay Contest Winner DVD

Roundtable - Municipal Activities and Announcements – The role partnership has played in facilitating the implementation of actions that reduce energy use and improve air quality within their municipality.

Closing Remarks, Adjournment of 2006 GTA Smog Summit, Upcoming Best Practices Exchange and Signing of Declaration

Media Scrum in Members Lounge


11:30 – 1:00
Lunch in Members Lounge

1:00 – 1:30
Welcome to 2006 Smog Summit Best Practices Exchange by Toronto Councillor David Soknacki and Opening Ceremony – Indonesian Shadow Puppet Performance on Air Pollution and Partnerships  

1:30 – 2:15
Keynote address - Ralph Torrie, "The Eye of the Storm or the Eye of the Needle: The Challenge of Climate Change"

2:15 – 3:15
Air Pollution Partnerships

Greater Toronto Area Clean Air Council –Greater Toronto Area Clean Air Council, Eva Ligeti
US Cities for Climate Protection Campaign – ICLEI –Local Governments for Sustainability, Kim Lundgren
Clean Air, Cool Planet - Municipal and State Partnerships in the northeast United States, Christa Koehler

3:15 – 3:35

3:35 – 4:20
Best Practice Clean Air Plans: The role of clean air plans in encouraging the implementation of clean air actions
Canada Best Practice Clean Air Plan – Region of Waterloo, Ontario, Dr. Liana Nolan
United States Best Practice Clean Air Plan - St. Paul, Minnesota, Anne Hunt

4:20– 4:30
Carbon Calculation Exercise & Closing


9:30 – 9:40
Welcome from Toronto Councillor David Soknacki and Opening by Eva Ligeti, Clean Air Partnership

9:40 – 9:50
US Actions to Improve Air Quality - Brian McLean, US EPA

9:50 – 10:50
Best Practices for Financing Clean Air Actions

Federation of Canadian Municipalities – Partners for Climate Protection and Green Municipal Funds, Elisabeth Arnold
Municipal Revolving Funds – City of Toronto
Financing Municipal Energy Efficiency Retrofits – Ann Arbour, Michigan, Dave Konkle

10:50 – 11:10

11:10 – 11:30
Energy Conservation in Ontario - Peter Love, Ontario's Chief Energy Conservation Officer

11:30 – 12:30
Workshop # 1: Green Power Best Practices
Municipal Joint Purchasing of Green Power - Montgomery County, Maryland, Councillor George Leventhal
Production of Green Power - Toronto Exhibition Place, Dianne Young
Bullfrog Power and Town of Caledon

12:30 – 1:30

1:30 – 2:40
Workshop # 2: Energy Efficiency Best Practices
Municipal Energy Efficiency Opportunities - Natural Resources Canada, Gilles Jean
City of Mississauga, LED Traffic Signal Lights Retrofit
ENERGY STAR Policy for New Residential Developments – East Gwillimbury, Mayor James Young
Residential Energy Conservation and Outreach Opportunities – 20/20 The Way to Clean Air, Kevin Haley; York Region; Clean Air Foundation, Ersilia Serafini; and GreenSaver.

2:40 – 3:00

3:00 – 4:10
Workshop # 3: Land Use and Transportation Best Practices
Markham Centre, Smart Growth; VIVA - Town of Markham, Jim Baird  
Green Fleets and Diesel Retrofits - Meaford, Massachusetts, Kim Lundgren
Employee Trip Reduction Program  - Nortel Networks, Sharon Lewinson
Clean Roads to Clean Air – City of Toronto
Transportation Demand Management - Smart Commute Association, Ryan Lanyon

4:10 – 4:50
Workshop # 4: Green Buildings and Green Spaces Best Practices
Green Roofs and Urban Heat Island Mitigation Measures - City of Chicago, Steve Walter
Conservation and Creation of Green Space - York Region, Sandra Malcic

4:50 – 5:00
Closing Remarks