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Toronto, June 11 (Canadian-Media): A project project called 'Toronto’s Greenest Neighbourhoods' was launched today by the city of Toronto to promote energy efficiency among the owners of single-family homes, media reports said.
Through its Partners in Climate Action grant program, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change is funding 'Toronto's Greenest Neighbourhoods'.
With the support of these local community groups, the project will run in the following neighbourhoods until November 30, 2018, partnering, engaging and supporting residents directly in their communities.
The community groups and respective neighbourhoods were selected based on interest process.
These neighbourhoods reportedly are: Green Parkdale/Greenest City, Parkdale (Ward 14); The Pocket Community Association, The Pocket (Blake-Jones neighbourhood in Ward 30); and Green 13, (northern part of Ward 13) and Rockcliffe-Smythe neighbourhood (Ward 11).
"Our homes and buildings are the largest source of local greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto so it's important for us to act," said Mayor John Tory. "I encourage all Toronto homeowners to take advantage of the programs and incentives offered by the City of Toronto, the Province and others to make their homes more efficient, comfortable and resilient.”
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Energy efficiency programs and incentives currently available to homeowners include the City's Home Energy Loan Program plus thousands of dollars in rebates on energy efficient heating systems, insulation, windows and more, offered by the Province of Ontario and utility companies.
Today, homes and buildings generate about half of the local greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto.
It has been identified by the City's TransformTO Climate Action Strategy that by 2015, 100 percent of all existing homes need to be 40 percent more energy efficient.