Will road tolls reduce emissions in Toronto?

By |November 25th, 2016|

Yesterday, sparks flew as Mayor John Tory endorsed expressway tolls on the Gardiner and DVP, and the City Manager released a Long-Term Financial Direction Update on new funding sources to be considered by Council, including road tolls and a hotel tax. The report is […]

Secret weapon against climate change: Cities

By |October 24th, 2016|

In celebration of TAF’s anniversary, guest blogger Philip Jessup reflects on 25 years of Toronto climate action. Philip co-chaired Toronto’s environmental committee that first recommended the Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF) to Council, served on its inaugural board, and was its staff director for nine […]

Will Uber debate compromise Toronto’s environmental standards?

By |April 15th, 2016|

While hundreds of speakers line up at City Hall to add their voices to the Uber-taxi debate, the issue of Toronto environmental policy is in the cross-hairs.

Air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation are a major concern for Toronto. While all other […]

From less bad to more good: the low-carbon city of the future

By |April 7th, 2016|

How can we bring optimism and engagement to bear in creating the low-carbon city of the future? John Robinson offered some insightful answers to these questions this week’s 2016 Eric Krause Memorial Lecture at the University of Toronto.

Professor Robinson recently came to Toronto from […]

FCM CEO explains how municipalities are leading climate solutions

By |February 16th, 2016|

Guest blog post by Brock Carlton, CEO, Federation of Canadian Municipalities

One of the first things I noticed when I arrived in Paris for the COP21 conference was the restrained optimism in the meeting rooms.  Sure, delegates were confident that a deal could be reached. But […]

Cities in Paris – a formidable force

By |December 14th, 2015|

The Paris agreement has signaled that governments are committed to a shift toward a low-carbon economy. And its champions are not just the 195 state leaders who struck the deal on Saturday night. One optimistic outcome of this summit, setting it apart from all […]

Trudeau’s climate platform: 6 promises we’re watching

By |October 22nd, 2015|

For the 27 million Canadians living in cities, it’s notable that the new Liberal government has made some important commitments to urban sustainability. The Party’s on-line election platform has an overwhelming raft of content, So we’ve put together a summary of the key elements that focus on climate change, cities, and the low-carbon economy. We hope this record of the tangible commitments made during the election can act as a reference point for measuring this government’s progress over time.

A new City program to help green tech innovators succeed

By |October 8th, 2015|

Last week, Toronto City Council passed the Green Market Acceleration Program (GMAP) for a two-year pilot period. Run collaboratively by the Toronto Office of Partnerships and Economic Development and Culture, GMAP will allow local businesses to apply to the City to use city infrastructure for applied research, proving concepts and demonstrating new technologies developed here in Toronto.

Lab results are in! Top recommendations for Ontario’s climate strategy

By |August 31st, 2015|

What do you get when you corral representatives from industry, labour, non-profits, First Nations, academia, and healthcare in a room to discuss climate strategy?  Believe it or not, you can round up a pretty clear consensus on how to tackle climate change in Ontario.

That’s […]

New report makes the pitch for mid-rise

By |May 14th, 2015|

Mid-rise development is a critical component of livable, transit-connected, low-carbon communities. A new report by the Pembina Institute and the Ontario Home Builders' Association outlines the multiple benefits of mid-rise development and proposes five key strategies for supporting it in the Greater Toronto Area.