Toronto To Share Innovative Environmental Solutions With Chongqing

Posted on Thursday, April 17 at 20:58 by N Say

Toronto to share innovative environmental solutions with Chongqing


CHONGQING, China, April 17 /CNW/ - Mayor David Miller and Chongqing Mayor
Wang Hongju today signed a Letter of Intent to cooperate on environmental
issues.
    Today's agreement is a precursor to a formal International Alliance
Agreement between the two cities that will outline joint efforts that Toronto
and Chongqing will undertake to achieve mutual environmental and economic
benefits.
    "We have a real opportunity through our city to city relationships around
the world to affect environmental change on a global level," said Mayor
Miller. "Where national governments have fallen behind in matters concerning
the very real issue of climate change, we at the city level are taking a
leadership role."
    Both cities will share best practices and approaches to delivering energy
efficiency in buildings (new and retrofitted) and greenhouse gas emissions
reductions so that their respective capabilities can be developed to their
mutual benefit. Among the first initiatives to benefit from the agreement is
Toronto's Tower Renewal Project where Chongqing will work with Toronto to
determine how the goals and principles of the project might be adapted to the
Chongqing context.
    Launching this year, Toronto's Tower Renewal Project initiative combines
energy-efficient insulation of the external walls and balconies of existing
high-rise towers with renewable energy installations, green roofs, on-site
waste management, improved parks, urban agriculture, water efficiency
measures, community meeting spaces and overall community and site
revitalization.
    At today's signing ceremony, Mayor Miller spoke warmly about Toronto's
22-year sister-city relationship with Chongqing, and recalled Chongqing Mayor
Wang Hongju's visit to Toronto in 2006 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of
that relationship.
    "Chongqing represents the future of China," said Mayor Miller. "As
China's largest municipality with an economy that grows more than 15 per cent
annually, residents of Chongqing look forward to a bright future of
opportunity and prosperity. I am particularly pleased that we will be working
together to set the standard for how global cities can innovate to solve urban
problems such as climate change, and energy conservation and efficiency."
    The business mission to three major cities - Chongqing, Beijing and
Shanghai, China - will help Toronto meet significant goals of the recently
released "Agenda for Prosperity" and support Toronto's emergence as a leading
global city of the 21st century through economic growth, internationalization,
creativity and inclusion.

    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine
of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America.
In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality,
innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government
is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. 
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/April2008/17/c6617.html

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