FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 4, 2015
GREENBELT FOUNDATION HONOURS FORMER PREMIER DALTON MCGUINTY
Award Recognizes McGuinty for Bold Vision in Creating Greenbelt
This evening, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation announced former Premier Dalton McGuinty as the 2015 winner of the Friend of the Greenbelt Award.
"I consider it a great honour to receive the Friend of the Greenbelt Award. I dedicate my award to all those Ontarians who helped me make our Greenbelt a reality, and to all those who are firmly committed to its permanent protection,” said Mr. McGuinty upon receiving the award.
"I consider it a great honour to receive the Friend of the Greenbelt Award. I dedicate my award to all those Ontarians who helped me make our Greenbelt a reality, and to all those who are firmly committed to its permanent protection,” - Mr. McGuinty upon receiving the award.
Ending an era of uncontrolled urban sprawl in an area larger than Prince Edward Island, Mr. McGuinty was one of the most important champions and architects of Ontario’s Greenbelt. In 2005, with the former Premier at the helm, the Ontario government created the world’s largest permanently protected Greenbelt—keeping the province’s farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and sustainable for our children’s children.
The Greenbelt, supported by nine out ten Ontarians, is consistently the province’s most popular environmental initiative according to public polling. The creation of the Greenbelt, along with other policies, such as fully eliminating coal as a source of electricity generation, has seen other organizations, like the Sierra Club, recognize Mr. McGuinty for his contributions to combatting climate change.
"With 2015 marking the 10th Anniversary of the Greenbelt, it is fitting to honour the creator of our province’s nearly 2 million acres of permanently protected farmland and environmentally sensitive areas," said Burkhard Mausberg, CEO, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. "Mr. McGuinty’s bold vision and strong leadership will provide us and future generations with fresh air, clean water, healthy local food, and a thriving economy with good jobs."
Since 2006, recipients of the Friend of the Greenbelt Award have included Sarah Harmer, the Hon. Bill Davis, Plan B Organic Farm, Grape Growers of Ontario, and former Cabinet Minister Steve Gilchrist among other supporters. Recipients have all contributed to the success, protection, and growth of Ontario’s Greenbelt. Mr. McGuinty’s book, Making A Difference will be published in mid-November.