Items of Interest

Toronto businesses must report use of toxic chemicals

Dr. David McKeown, Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto, is reminding businesses that the City’s Environmental Reporting and Disclosure Bylaw (Municipal Code 423) took effect January 1. The bylaw is part of a new City program called ChemTRAC, which requires local business owners to track and report their use of toxic chemicals.

To meet that goal, the ChemTRAC program, in addition to tracking and reporting requirements, will

• support local facilities with green business strategies, and

• provide residents with information about toxic chemicals in the community.

ChemTRAC reporting requirements will be phased in over three years. The first phase starts tracking toxic chemical use and release in 2010, and begins annual reporting in 2011. The business sectors in Phase 1 include food and beverage manufacturing, printing and publishing, power generation, chemical manufacturing, wood industries and water treatment.

In 2011, Phase 2 business sectors are required to track their chemical use and release, and report in 2012. These businesses include chemical wholesale, dry cleaning, laundry services, funeral services, waste management and remediation, medical and diagnostic laboratories, auto repair and maintenance.

Phase 3 captures all other business sectors covered by the bylaw. These sectors are required to begin tracking in 2012 and reporting in 2013.

For more information, visit http://www.toronto.ca/chemtrac, e-mail chemtrac@toronto.ca, or phone 416-338-7600.

Cyclists take to the Martin Goodman Trail for Coldest Day of the Year Ride

Councillor Adrian Heaps, Chair of the City of Toronto’s Cycling Committee (Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest), and other cycling enthusiasts will participate in the “Coldest Day of the Year Ride”- riding their bikes on the Martin Goodman Trail to demonstrate the benefits of biking in winter.

Councillor Heaps will speak prior to the ride.

Date: Saturday, January 30

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Location: Martin Goodman Trail

Near Sunnyside Pavilion Café

1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W.

City of Toronto’s environmental awards of excellence – the Green Toronto Awards

Nominations are now open for the City of Toronto’s environmental awards of excellence – the Green Toronto Awards. Submit your nomination and help us recognize the people, organizations and companies leading the way to a cleaner, greener Toronto. Winners will receive a prestigious Green Toronto Award and $5,000 to donate to the charity of their choice.

The deadline for nominations is February 12, 2010.

Award categories

Nominations are accepted in nine award categories. We are excited to introduce a new award category this year – Local Food.

Community Projects

Energy Conservation

Environmental Awareness

Green Design

Green Roof

Leadership

Local Food

Water Efficiency

Youth

More details about all the award categories are available at www.toronto.ca/greentorontoawards

Online nomination form

Submit your nominations using our online form. It’s easy! More information about how to apply and an online nomination form is available at www.toronto.ca/greentorontoawards.