Julia Langer

About Julia Langer

Julia Langer is TAF’s CEO.

Dan Leckie Forum Statement 2007

By |October 14th, 2014|

Dan Leckie Forum Statement 2007

The City of Toronto has a real opportunity to demonstrate leadership in high-rise emission reduction by virtue of the size of the MURB sector in Toronto – almost 2,000 buildings. However, the City will need to undertake a coordinated effort […]

Participating in the Natural Gas Demand-Side Management Guidelines

By |August 1st, 2014|

Otto von Bismark famously said that “Law and sausage are two things you do not want to see being made,” and you would be forgiven if you believed this observation could be applied to the upcoming consultations on the revisions to the Natural Gas Demand-Side […]

Toronto City Council wants action on climate change

By |July 24th, 2014|

Last week, Toronto City Council unanimously passed a motion asking city staff to draft a plan outlining how Toronto will meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets.

Perhaps galvanized by the Environmental Commissioner’s recent report on the province’s actions on climate – which the report described […]

Why Toronto should issue green bonds

By |June 23rd, 2014|

Could green bonds be part of the solution to global warming? As an organization that’s in the business of investing in low-carbon activities, we spend quite a bit of time thinking about how the market and various financing options affect the natural environment.

Talk about […]

Profit Centre: Why we invest in sustainability

By |May 13th, 2014|

I receive a phone call nearly every week from someone asking me how the Toronto Atmospheric Fund got into and does “impact investing.”  By impact investing, we’re referring to how we invest TAF’s $23 million endowment in a manner that aligns with our mandate: […]

Are you ready for the next storm? Probably not

By |March 27th, 2014|

From the person on the street to the climate change scientist, most of us – 75% of Canadians according to a recent poll – acknowledge that climate change has precipitated increasingly frequent severe weather events.  Even so, less than 10% of those are taking […]

How energy reporting can reduce emissions, create jobs and save millions

By |March 25th, 2014|

If it’s true that you can only manage what you can measure, then implementing a reporting system where owners of large buildings submit data on their building’s energy use would clearly be a useful tool to drive energy efficiency measures on a big scale.

At […]

After shutting down coal, what’s next?

By |March 13th, 2014|

On a recent snowy evening, we attended a large gathering that included Premier Kathleen Wynne to say “goodbye” to Ontario’s coal-fired energy generation plants. After a 17-year slog led by Jack Gibbons and the Ontario Clean Air Alliance (OCAA), the last of the coal […]

Sustainability permeating business schools

By |March 11th, 2014|

When 420 business students crowd into an auditorium, on Montreal’s first almost-feels-like-Spring Saturday, to talk about sustainability…something is shifting. The Concordia Student Union and John Molson School of Business Sustainability Group collaborated in hosting the very successful “Business Beyond Tomorrow” conference that  attracted four speakers to […]

Innovative financing to tame the energy monster

By |February 12th, 2014|

We’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: One of the biggest sources of urban greenhouse gas emissions is the energy used in big buildings. That’s why TAF has dedicated so much time and money to coming up with creative approaches to reining […]