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TransformTO Steps: Tackling costly air pollution through investment in low-carbon actions

November 17th, 2017 | By |

When it comes to sources of air pollution in Toronto, transportation is king, according to the most recent report from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. It's time to act and speed up the switch to low-carbon transportation. It's good for public health and for our climate.

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Getting to know the region: Climate action in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

November 15th, 2017 | By |

Following our new $17-million endowment from the Province of Ontario, TAF has been actively engaging key stakeholders to better our regional granting process and hear about climate action initiatives throughout the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area (GTHA).

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COMPASS: Better buildings through streamlined energy reporting and benchmarking

October 15th, 2017 | By |

Energy modelling helps gauge and improve a building’s energy performance before it’s actually built. TAF recently supported the development of a new tool that will help compare and share such energy modelling data across Ontario.

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TransformTO Steps: Toronto set to move towards Zero Emissions Buildings

October 10th, 2017 | By |

As Toronto continues to grow quickly, we need to get emissions from new construction under control if we want to reach our 2050 climate target. That’s why this week's committee decision on the Toronto Green Standard 3.0 for new buildings is so important.

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Net-Zero Toronto Laneway Housing Concept Wins International Design Competition

September 26th, 2017 | By |

Climate innovation made in Toronto: Students from Ryerson University and the University of Toronto recently took the grand prize at the U.S. Department of Energy’s fourth annual Race to Zero Design Competition — with a design for a net-zero laneway house.

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New TAF research reveals carbon impact of electricity conservation

August 24th, 2017 | By |

Quantifying the emissions impact of electricity consumption - and conservation efforts - is crucial for planning climate actions, whether it's a government policy or upgrades and behaviour shifts at home. TAF's latest research greatly improves such quantifications.

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Left in the dark: Ontario municipalities need energy data for meaningful climate action

August 14th, 2017 | By |

A proper carbon emissions inventory is a crucial starting point for city-level climate action. But unfortunately, many cities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), don't have gas and electricity consumption data - but utilities do. That's why TAF asked the Ontario government to make this data public.

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The power of the neighbourhood approach

July 12th, 2017 | By |

When it comes to public projects, does our big-thinking habit get in the way of excellence implementation as we fail to consider local-level impacts and aspirations? Our VP Mary Pickering looks at best practices from recent transit projects in Ontario.

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TAF CEO receives Ministerial Award for Environmental Excellence

July 6th, 2017 | By |

Julia Langer, CEO of The Atmospheric Fund recently received the Ontario Minister's Award for Environmental Excellence. The award for the life-long environmentalist comes at the heels of last year's award for TAF's TowerWise project.

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A big thank-you for TransformTO advisors as Council vote nears

June 30th, 2017 | By |

Just one year ago, a diverse set of experts started working together to advise the TransformTO project - the Modelling Advisory Group. As the climate plan nears a vote by City Council, it was time to say thank-you.