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Green Infrastructure Investments Yield Higher Return for Taxpayers 

Mar 23, 2012


Media Advisory

Attention: Queen's Park Press Gallery, News Assignment Desks, Environment reporters

Ontario faces very real challenges - a struggling economy, aging and inefficient infrastructure, an obesity epidemic and associated health costs, and as the Environment Commissioner made clear recently, pending threats from climate change. A new report by the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition and Ecojustice proposes a shift in how we think about - and legislatively define - infrastructure so that it will yield a multitude of economic, health and environmental benefits.

Health, Prosperity and Sustainability: The Case for Green Infrastructure in Ontario will examine how other jurisdictions in North America are leveraging tangible benefits from public policies and investments in green infrastructure, and will make specific, practical recommendations to the provincial government on how to realize similar benefits.

Who: Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition representatives:

          Deborah Martin-Downs, Director of the Ecology Division, Toronto and Region Conservation 
          Steven Peck, President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities 
          Paul Ronan, Executive Director of the Ontario Parks Association

What: Release of Health, Prosperity and Sustainability: 
         The Case for Green Infrastructure in Ontario

When: 9:15 a.m., March 26, 2012

Where: Room 149 Queen's Park Media Studio 
           Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Queen's Park, Toronto

Note: Media wishing to attend the press conference but not currently accredited by the Legislative Assembly Media Gallery must pre-register with Gerald Christopher, Press Gallery Coordinator at room 387. Gerald can be reached at 416-325-7922 or gerald_christopher@ontla.ola.org.

About the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition 

The Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition is an alliance of more than 80 environmental non-government organizations, innovative businesses, community agencies and academic institutions. More information about the Coalition and green infrastructure in general can be found at www.greeninfrastructureontario.org.

More information about Ecojustice is available at www.ecojustice.ca.


For more information please contact: 
Christopher Holcroft 
Empower Consulting, for Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition 

Green Infrastructure Ontario

Click here to view a video about the report or to download a copy of the Health, Prosperity and Sustainability Report.

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