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What’s the renewal potential for tower sites in the GTA?

By |September 30th, 2016|

Almost one million people live in several thousand concrete tower blocks throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Many of these apartment buildings, built between the 1940s and 1980s, are inefficient and in deteriorating condition. Many are also surrounded by spaces that are underused and poorly […]

Community ideas for a low-carbon Toronto

By |September 12th, 2016|

The City of Toronto is committed to a 2050 deadline to reduce GHG emissions 80% below 1990 levels. Changes we have to make to achieve that target will likely make this future low-carbon city look very different, but it’s hard to know just how. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

Dan Leckie Forum Statement 2006

By |October 14th, 2014|

Dan Leckie Forum Statement 2006

Participants in the May 29, 2006, Dan Leckie Forum, sponsored by the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, recommend that the City of Toronto and its ABCs:

Establish a corporate renewable energy target that articulates clear and achievable goals.
Support the target with an implementation strategy […]

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 […]