Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) and IMAX Corporation received a Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence for using innovative approaches and new technologies to protect the Great Lakes and the environment. The award ceremony took place yesterday at Queen’s Park.
CVC and IMAX Corporation partnered to reconstruct an environmentally friendly parking lot at the IMAX head office. This innovative parking lot uses leading edge technologies and expertise from local green companies Imbrium, Unilock, Aquaforbeech and Fernridge. These technologies decrease flooding and prevent pollutants from entering Lake Ontario, the drinking water source for eight million people.
“We are honoured to receive this award,” said Christine Zimmer, Senior Manager, Protection and Restoration for CVC. “We are very proud to have partnered with IMAX. This project has demonstrated how doing the right thing for the environment can have economic benefits.”
Climate change is a global phenomenon that affects us locally with severe weather, flooding and drought. Severe storms, like the one that hit the Greater Toronto Area on July 8, 2013, cost Ontarians an estimated $900M in insurance claims. Large storms are occurring more frequently. By installing onsite stormwater technologies, IMAX reduced their risk of flooding. This project supports local green businesses, contributes to the green economy and provides more green jobs for Ontarians.
The Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence recognizes and encourages environmental excellence, fosters innovation and raises awareness about the importance of protecting the environment. Since 2011, the program has recognized the environmental achievements of 40 organizations.
“Today we celebrate just a few of the most outstanding efforts of individuals, groups, and companies in protecting our environment,” said the Honourable Glen R. Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change. “We hope the examples we see today inspire others to be innovators in protecting our natural heritage; not only because it’s good for the environment, but because innovation helps build a strong economy, and create new jobs.”
The recipients of the 2013 Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence collaborated with schools, industry leaders and volunteers to restore wildlife habitat, conserve water and energy, and prevent pollutants and nutrients from entering our Great Lakes. The other recipients are:
- County of Simcoe
- Regional Municipality of Durham
- Alderville First Nation Black Oak Savanna
- Murray and Wilma Scott
- Western University
- Teknion Limited
- Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) Ontario
- Manitoulin Streams Improvement Association
Recognizing environmental excellence is part of Ontario’s plan to build a stronger economy, create new jobs and promote innovative ways to protect the environment.
Conservation authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. CVC was established by an act of the province in 1954 with a mandate to protect all natural resources other than minerals in the area drained by the Credit River. We have been working for 60 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River watershed for present and future generations. CVC gratefully acknowledges financial support from our member municipalities for facilities, programs and services: the Regions of Peel and Halton; the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton; the Towns of Caledon, Erin, Halton Hills, Mono, Oakville and Orangeville; and the Townships of Amaranth and East Garafraxa. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
Caption (left to right): Arthur Potts, MPP for Beaches-East York; Christine Zimmer Senior Manager, Protection and Restoration for Credit Valley Conservation; Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray.
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