Health impacts of climate change may be the secret to inspiring action
9/2018 - Human health is intimately connected to the environment. That's why we partnered with the Ontario Public Health Association to develop a health-focused communications strategy for climate messaging. Find out more in this guest blog from their Executive Director, Pegeen Walsh.
Overheating no more: How smart thermostats improve the lives of over 1,300 residents
2/2018 - TAF's TowerWise project provides multiple benefits through energy retrofits such as jobs, health, and comfort. Smart thermostats give residents control over their comfort in a way that also maximizes the performance of these existing buildings - a win-win solution for building residents, carbon emissions, and energy savings.
Best bang for our climate bucks: Looking beyond cost per tonne
1/2018 - Would anyone ditch all fruits and vegetables and switch to a carbs-only diet because it's the cheapest? Obviously not. Likewise, governments shouldn't solely focus on cost per tonne of emissions reduced when it comes to investing public dollars in climate action. A nuanced approach is what we need.
TransformTO Steps: Tackling costly air pollution through investment in low-carbon actions
11/2017 - When it comes to sources of air pollution in Toronto, transportation is king, according to the most recent report from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. It's time to act and speed up the switch to low-carbon transportation. It's good for public health and for our climate.
Connecting the dots: carbon reduction and other public goods
2/2017 - What if Toronto’s bankers, nurses, and social housing providers all agreed on the same pathway forward for the City? It’s difficult to imagine; working within an increasingly complex system, policy priorities are often in competition with one another. Cyclists and drivers compete for street space and organizations compete for scarce resources. Instead of trying to […]
TransformTO Talks: Nurses speak up for carbon reduction and health
1/2017 - Kim Jarvi is Senior Economist in the Policy Department at the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO). His focus includes environmental, economic, and health policy. Kim sits on the advisory group of the City of Toronto and TAF project, TransformTO. This is the fourth interview in our TransformTO Talks series with multi-sectoral experts. TAF: Can you tell me about […]
What’s the renewal potential for tower sites in the GTA?
9/2016 - 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 maintained. The Tower Renewal Partnership aims to revitalize these apartment towers […]
Community ideas for a low-carbon Toronto
9/2016 - 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. Will everyone have self-driving electric cars and solar powered chicken coops? […]
Toronto’s push to reduce chemical pollution from local businesses
8/2016 - 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 body shop on your street that uses toxic paint? Some […]
Beyond carbon: The true value of energy-efficient buildings
8/2016 - 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 of the importance of buildings and energy efficiency to […]
Carbon reduction = good health
6/2016 - 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 footprint might support – or conflict – with improvements to public […]