Seven heat pumps perfect for Ontario homes

By |March 8th, 2017|

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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Five principles for unlocking Ontario’s green bank success

By |February 22nd, 2017|

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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5 facts about Ontario’s rising electricity rates

By |December 21st, 2016|

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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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 […]

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Ontario’s gas expansion plan may undermine its own climate strategy

By |September 1st, 2016|

In a TVO series called Climate Watch, climate journalist Tyler Hamilton gathers up the latest Ontario climate news and cutting-edge research on how climate change is shaping the world. Last month, Hamilton investigated the seemingly contradictory policy of gas expansion by the Liberal government. At […]

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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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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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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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