Trudeau’s climate platform: 6 promises we’re watching
10/2015 - 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.
Toronto Community Housing retrofits help residents and the climate
10/2015 - TAF’s new $4.2 million TowerWise Retrofit Project will finance and implement energy efficiency upgrades in seven Toronto Community Housing buildings across Metro Toronto, Scarborough, Etobicoke, and North York. In addition to expected greenhouse gas reductions of 30%, the project will be complimented by a slew of other benefits.
Closing the loop – local geothermal heat pump performance
8/2015 - Homes and businesses in the Greater Toronto Area are experiencing deep energy savings by harvesting ground heat with geothermal heat pump (AKA geoexchange) systems. With energy savings of 30-70% and 20-95% for space heating and cooling respectively, it is no wonder this emerging technology is experiencing increased interest across Canada.
Four climate challenges for Alberta’s new government
7/2015 - Wasting no time following Premier Notley’s commitment to craft a climate action plan, the Pembina Institute convened about one hundred thought-leaders from around the country in Calgary this week. I was honoured to be invited to the roundtable to share insights we’ve gained reducing emissions in the City of Toronto.