Toronto’s push to reduce chemical pollution from local businesses

By |August 25th, 2016|

Guest blogger Zia Islam is a P. Eng at Toronto Public Health

You may be familiar with stories about the big bad industrial companies releasing toxic chemicals into the air, but what about the mom and pop dry cleaner that cleans your shirts, or the auto […]

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Beyond carbon: The true value of energy-efficient buildings

By |August 22nd, 2016|

Transforming the built environment = investing in prosperous, healthy and equitable communities

Joint blog by Vivian Chung, policy research and engagement coordinator at TAF and guest blogger Dylan Heerema, analyst with the buildings and urban solutions program at the Pembina Institute in Vancouver.

There is growing recognition across the country […]

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Are we there yet? The state of transit investment in the GTHA

By |August 16th, 2016|

$39.9 billion has been committed to regional transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), leaving a $28.8 billion gap in funding for capital costs.

With 35% of Ontario’s emissions coming from transportation, TAF has been supporting advocacy for improved regional rapid transit as a funder and […]

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3 reasons Toronto’s new waste plan is leading edge

By |August 9th, 2016|

Toronto’s garbage is about to get greener. Our city’s waste currently generates 2.27 million tonnes of CO2eq GHG emissions annually.  In order to achieve Toronto’s city-wide GHG targets, we’ll need to significantly reduce emissions from the waste system. Unfortunately, after many years of steady […]

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Canada ranks tenth of 23 countries in energy efficiency

By |July 26th, 2016|

Germany, Italy, and Japan ranked the top countries in the world when it comes to using energy efficiently. And Canada?

We’re middle of the pack, an un-inspiring tenth.

Countries like Poland, Turkey, and Indonesia bring up the rear (and Saudia Arabia is dead last).

The 2016 International Energy […]

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Carbon reduction = good health

By |June 29th, 2016|

Just a year ago, the Toronto Board of Health approved a report that promoted an active role for Toronto Public Health in responding to climate change. Part of this mandate included developing an understanding of how measures Toronto might take to reduce its carbon […]

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Breaking ground on gas absorption heat pumps

By |June 22nd, 2016|

By upgrading the way these two buildings provide hot water, we can help save 46 tonnes eCO2 every year.

Since the release of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan, we’ve been hearing a lot about heat pumps and their potential to replace natural gas. TAF has […]

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Ontario climate action plan: follow the carbon

By |June 10th, 2016|

Time to act!

The time has come to face climate change head-on, invest in practical solutions, and reap the environmental and economic benefits. Premier Wynne made this message clear when she revealed Ontario’s new Climate Change Action Plan on Wednesday. Responding to reporters who questioned […]

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How your driving habits affect vehicle emissions

By |May 30th, 2016|

Ian Morton is the CEO of Scout Environmental

Two drivers travel down the street in the same model car; and yet by the end of the road one driver has spent more money than the other. Why is that? If you’re getting strong flashbacks to […]

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ABCs of counting GHGs: Will EVs impact our emissions?

By |May 26th, 2016|

In the first installment of our GHG quantification series, ABCs of Counting GHGs, we looked at different scenarios of mandating net zero buildings.  Now we’ll take a look at how electric vehicles (EVs) can help us achieve Ontario’s ambitious emissions reductions targets, recently legislated […]

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