January 13, 2004
“Today’s report, The Governments’ Actions on Clean Air, shows that the good intentions expressed at the annual Smog Summits have translated into real pollution-reducing actions at street level,” said Eva Ligeti, Executive Director of the Clean Air Partnership.
$7 million plan to create a more pedestrian friendly
“Good land use planning prevents air pollution from ever being emitted by reducing the need to drive everywhere,” said Ms. Ligeti.
The Town’s initiatives were among several thousand electricity conservation and other programs adopted across the GTA to reduce the pollutant emissions that cause climate change and smog.
Smog pollutants have been shown to trigger asthma attacks and cause asthma in children, and to increase deaths from heart disease. Smog pollutants are responsible for 1,900 premature deaths in
The Town of Markham's S-M-A-R-T Movement program includes a carpool ride-matching service for employees, preferred parking at the Civic Centre for carpoolers, and new bike racks for cyclists, all in an effort to reduce the number of single occupant vehicles arriving at Town worksites. An ongoing electricity conservation program has reduced the Town of
“The same energy efficiency improvements that reduce pollution also save money on municipal electricity bills,” said Ms. Ligeti.
The Town of
By winning the 2003 Repair Our Air Fleet Challenge for the “Best Results in the Municipal Category” and “Best Going Forward Report,” the Town of
In 2003 the Town also established a one per cent environmental land reserve fund. This fund will be set aside year over year to proactively pursue opportunities to preserve environmental lands and help sustain and nurture Newmarket’s natural heritage areas such as wetlands, forests and open space.
The Regional Municipality of York formed York Region Transit (YRT) in 2001 and is working on a plan to increase ridership, relieve traffic congestion and reduce air pollution. YRT has required its bus contractors to limit idling and use only low sulphur diesel fuel. In addition, by the fall of 2005 York Region is expected to shift 7,000 commuter trips per day from the private automobile to public transit through its York Rapid Transit Plan – a 30-year initiative to implement a rapid transit system in York Region with connections to our neighbours in the City of Toronto and the Regions of Durham and Peel.
In one of the latest federal initiatives, Transport Canada has allocated $2.5 million to the GTA municipalities and Hamilton to encourage "smart commuting" to work and school. The money will fund transportation management groups that include major employers and institutions to develop programs to help their employees and students to carpool and use less congested routes and travel times.
Among the many initiatives undertaken by the
Copies of “The Governments’ Actions on Clean Air” are available on line at www.cleanairpartnership.org or by request.
For more information about York Region and links to its nine area municipalities, visit www.region.york.on.ca
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For more information, contact:
, Sandra Staples – (905) 832-5321 Townshipof King McGrath – (905) 477-7000, Ext. 7516 Town of Markham, Victoria
, Wanda Bennett - (905) 895-5193, Ext. 1241 Newmarket
, George Flint - (905) 771-8800, Ext. 2455 Richmond Hill
Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, Andrew McNeely – (905) 640-1910, Ext. 270