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Resilience in 2050: An interview with futurist Sanjay Khanna

April 4th, 2017 | By |

Sanjay Khanna is a futurist, speaker, and thought-leader who sits on the advisory group of the City of Toronto and TAF project, TransformTO.  This is the fifth interview in our TransformTO Talks series with multi-sectoral experts.

 

TAF: Can you tell us about your current work and interest in the topic […]

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Financing the 21st century: How to follow the money in a low-carbon economy

March 22nd, 2017 | By |

In the lead up to the GLOBE Capital leadership summit, CEO Mike Gerbis reflects on the challenges and opportunities for investors in today’s low-carbon economy. For two decades Mike has advised Canadian corporations, institutions and government on how to create long-term value by addressing […]

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7 heat pumps perfect for Ontario homes

March 8th, 2017 | By |

Heat pumps, the unsung hero of the energy world, are mechanical devices that can harvest renewable thermal energy for space heating and cooling. They’ve been identified globally as a key solution to building and retrofitting low-carbon buildings, and they help consumers save on energy […]

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5 principles for unlocking Ontario’s green bank success

February 22nd, 2017 | By |

When the Ontario Climate Change Action Plan landed last spring, a notable element was the commitment to establish an Ontario green bank to support deployment of low-carbon solutions. Since then, speculation has swirled: what role will it play? How will it be structured?  Why […]

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Connecting the dots: carbon reduction and other public goods

February 15th, 2017 | By |

What if Toronto’s bankers, nurses, and social housing providers all agreed on the same pathway forward for the City? It’s difficult to imagine; working within an increasingly complex system, policy priorities are often in competition with one another. Cyclists and drivers compete for street […]

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What single action could transform urban transportation in the GTA?

January 26th, 2017 | By |

What single action could transform urban transportation in the Toronto region?

That was a question posed yesterday morning to a panel assembled by the Transit Alliance focused on greening up Toronto.

As we continue to struggle with the seemingly unsolvable problems of transit funding, planning, and […]

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TransformTO Talks: Nurses speak up for carbon reduction and health

January 24th, 2017 | By |

Kim Jarvi is Senior Economist in the Policy Department at the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO). His focus includes environmental, economic, and health policy. Kim sits on the advisory group of the City of Toronto and TAF project, TransformTO.  This is the fourth interview in our TransformTO […]

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ABCs of GHGs: Are we underestimating the impact of electricity conservation?

January 10th, 2017 | By |

In order to decide which GHG reduction strategies to pursue, TAF looks at the quantity of reductions each approach has the potential to achieve. Central to these calculations are the emission factors – i.e. how much carbon is associated with each unit of energy […]

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5 facts about Ontario’s rising electricity rates

December 21st, 2016 | By |

As we come upon the darkest time of the year, the cost of keeping the lights on continues to be a hot topic. With two rate hikes in the last six months, many people in Ontario are feeling the burn of rising electricity prices. […]

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“Microtransit” has potential to slash GHG emissions

December 8th, 2016 | By |

What if you want to commute by GO train but the station is too far to walk from your home and the parking lot is always full? Chances are, you’ll ditch the train and take your car, cursing traffic along the way.  Or, if […]