You’re Invited to Community Conversations About “TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto” on April 25 & 27 and May 3 & 9, 2016

The following video presents What YOU Can Do About Climate Change:

“Reducing your carbon footprint just got easier. This video uses animations and humour to teach people how they can personally help prevent global warming.
This is just one of the free educational products available in the “Climate Insights 101″ series. Created by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) — a collaboration of British Columbia’s four research intensive universities.”

The City of Toronto has set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by the year 2050 to help reduce the most negative impact of climate change.

“TransformTO is a project that will engage Toronto residents and businesses in imagining the transformative changes we will need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 80%, while at the same time improving public health, enhancing our local economy, and reducing social inequalities….

Reducing our emissions to address climate change will involve a community-wide effort. TransformTO will be co-created with ideas, advice and input from residents, businesses, community organizations, and research institutions, and analysis will help us identify what is technically feasible as we look to create the best path to a low carbon future.

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Two separate but related documents will be created:

  • A short-term strategy (2017-2020) outlining the actions that will allow Toronto to meet its 30% greenhouse gas emissions target by 2020 through policy and programming.
  • A long-term (2020-2050) approach that will identify how we can reduce emissions by 80% by 2050 while generating a healthier, more prosperous and equitable city.

TransformTO community conversations: 

Events will begin with an open house from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a presentation and conversations from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Seating is limited. Please register online.

  • Monday, April 25 at Metro Hall, 55 John St. Register
  • Wednesday, April 27 at Ken Cox Community Centre, 28 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr. Register
  • Tuesday, May 3 at Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr. Register
  • Monday, May 9 at North York Memorial Hall, 5110 Yonge St. Register

Residents can learn more about TransformTO and register to attend at: toronto.ca/transformto.

NEWS RELEASE

12-Apr-2016

Residents invited to community conversations to help shape Toronto’s low-carbon future

Residents are invited to help shape Toronto’s future as a low-carbon city by participating in a series of community conversations in April and May, as part of TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto. Continue reading “You’re Invited to Community Conversations About “TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto” on April 25 & 27 and May 3 & 9, 2016″

Canada’s Draft 2016-2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy to Create a Sustainable Economy & Protect the Environment: Canadians, Give Your Comments Before June 24, 2016

The following video presents Obama, Canadian PM to Reveal Climate Change Strategy for 2050:

The tense US-Canada relationship is thawing as President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau collaborate on climate change policies. At the start of Trudeau’s state visit to Washington on Thursday, the leaders released a joint statement on climate change and the Arctic. They pledged to work closely to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The agreement reflects the sharp turn Canada made in environmental policies when it elected Trudeau in October. His predecessor had placed the expansion of Canada’s oil and gas industry at the center of the country’s relationship with the U.S. The new climate statement says Canada and the U.S. will reveal its strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions for the middle of the century.

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Environment and Climate Change Canada is looking for your input on the draft 2016-2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy.

  • Goal: Taking Action on Climate Change
    In order to mitigate the effects of climate change, reduce GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions levels and build resilience to climate change.
  • The new strategy outlines how 37 federal government departments and agencies are working to create a sustainable economy and protect the environment for the next three years.
  • The strategy also outlines the Government of Canada’s environmental sustainability contributions to the 2030 Agenda, a set of global sustainable development goals.
Planning for a Sustainable Future. The draft 2016-2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy includes 5 goals, 36 measurable targets, and 37 federal departments and agencies. The 5 goals are: Taking action on climate change; Clean technology, jobs and innovation; National parks, protected areas and ecosystems; Freshwater and oceans; Human health, well being and quality of life.
Planning for a Sustainable Future. The draft 2016-2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy includes 5 goals, 36 measurable targets, and 37 federal departments and agencies. The 5 goals are: Taking action on climate change; Clean technology, jobs and innovation; National parks, protected areas and ecosystems; Freshwater and oceans; Human health, well being and quality of life.

“I am inviting all Canadians to take a look at the draft Federal Sustainable Development Strategy and help us improve it. Your feedback will ensure that our plan reflects the knowledge and perspectives of Canadians and will help us shape the final strategy.”

– The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Canada’s strategy for sustainable development

  • The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) is the government’s plan and vision for a more sustainable Canada. A draft 2016–2019 strategy was recently released for consultation.
  • Tell Environment and Climate Change Canada what you think of the draft 2016–2019 strategy, at http://www.fsds-sfdd.ca/#/en .
  • Please share the above link to the draft strategy with others, so they can comment too.
  • You can also visit the Let’s Talk Sustainability discussion space to join in on the conversation about sustainability.

Public input is essential in building a solid strategy. We want to hear from a wide range of Canadians and get your views on what a sustainable Canada looks like. We also want to hear your ideas about what sustainability targets government should aim for over the next three years—and how those targets can best be measured and reported.

The 2015 Progress Report on the FSDS was tabled in Parliament in February 2016. This report provides available scientific information about the progress made under the 2013–2016 FSDS. It tells us where we are today and the sustainable development challenges ahead.

Continue reading “Canada’s Draft 2016-2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy to Create a Sustainable Economy & Protect the Environment: Canadians, Give Your Comments Before June 24, 2016”

Toronto Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation: Your Input at Meeting Mar.2, 2015

This is an update to the previous blog, Climate Change Strategy Discussion Paper for Ontario, Canada: Consultations in Feb. & March + Submit Your Comments by March 29, 2015.

This video presents Al Gore speech on climate change & environment in Toronto, Ontario.

  • Al Gore speech at the Mars Discovery District in Toronto, Ontario.

Due to the problem of Climate Change, the City of Toronto has established a goal of greenhouse gas emission reductions of 80% by 2050.

  • Toronto’s reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions, from the 1990 levels of approximately 22 million tonnes per year city-wide, are:
    • 6 percent by 2012 (1,320,000 tonnes per year),
    • 30 percent by 2020 (6,600,000 tonnes per year),
    • 80 percent by 2050 (17,600,000 tonnes per year.

The First Meeting

March 2, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Toronto City Hall, Council Chambers
100 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Contact Carol Kaustinen at pec@toronto.ca, 416-338-5089

  • The first meeting will set a Terms of Reference for the Committee.
  • You can help them by either submitting written comments or delivering a deputation in person at the meeting.
  • For more details on how to participate, please contact Carol Kaustinen at pec@toronto.ca, 416-338-5089 or visit the City’s Clerk’s website.

To assist you in preparing your submission, Toronto asks you to consider the following questions:

  1. The Subcommittee will make recommendations to the Parks & Environment Committee based on research and community engagement. By the end of the Subcommittee’s term – December 31, 2016 – what do you feel the Subcommittee should have accomplished and/or created?
  2. How would you or your group like to be involved and engaged in the Subcommittee’s work?

Please click here for more info about Toronto’s action on climate change and the city’s related reports.

PRESS RELEASE

12-Feb-2015

Toronto residents invited to the first meeting of the City’s climate change subcommittee

Residents are invited to attend the first meeting of the City of Toronto Parks and Environment Committee’s Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation on March 2.

Recognizing the importance of climate change, the City established the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.

The subcommittee will make recommendations to the Parks & Environment Committee to help achieve that goal based on research and community engagement. Continue reading “Toronto Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation: Your Input at Meeting Mar.2, 2015”

Home Energy Loan Program (HELP): A Three-Year Pilot Program for Certain Homeowners in Toronto

City of Toronto: Home Energy Loan Program (HELP)
City of Toronto: Home Energy Loan Program (HELP)

The City of Toronto in Ontario, Canada, just launched the Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) to serve as a new financing tool to help homeowners improve their home’s energy efficiency and save money.

As a three-year pilot program, HELP includes the following benefits:

  • Ten million dollars in funding for the single-family residential program is available to support improvements such as upgrading to a high efficiency furnace, insulation upgrades, and energy efficiency windows and doors.
  • Qualifying homeowners avoid the large upfront cost of home energy improvements and pay for them over time.
    • Qualifying homeowners can apply for a low interest loan for energy efficient improvements, then pay back the City over time via installments on their property tax bill.
  • You may pay off your HELP loan at any time, without penalty.
  • You benefit from low interest rates and longer repayment terms, compared to conventional financing.
  • Homeowners improve the energy efficiency of their homes, reduce energy consumption and cut costs.
  • Equal access to financing regardless of homeowner income level, low fixed-interest rates and longer repayment terms of up to 15 years.
  • HELP financing, aka Local Improvement Charge (LIC), is attached to the property, not to the property owner.
    • If you sell the property before the loan is repaid, the new owner will assume the balance of the loan and continue to repay it through the property tax bill.
  • Monetary incentives can be deducted from the total amount of your HELP loan.
    • Incentives of up to $2,000 are available from Enbridge Gas, including a rebate to cover the cost of your home energy assessments.
    • And an incentive of up to $650 is available from Toronto Hydro for replacing your furnace and air conditioner with high efficiency units.
  • Toronto will achieve an 80 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2050.
    • Buildings, including homes, account for about 44 per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions.

HELP is a pilot project, available in specific neighbourhoods in Toronto.

If the first three digits of your home postal code are listed below, HELP financing is available to you:

Continue reading “Home Energy Loan Program (HELP): A Three-Year Pilot Program for Certain Homeowners in Toronto”

Toronto: Bravo for Being the “2011 Most Sustainable Large City in Canada”

Toronto: Bravo for Being the 2011 "Most Sustainable Large City in Canada"
Toronto: Bravo for Being the 2011 "Most Sustainable Large City in Canada"

Toronto, Ontario, Canada: News Release

February 9, 2011

Toronto named Canada’s most sustainable large city for a second year in a row

The City of Toronto is the most sustainable large city in Canada, according to Corporate Knights Magazine, which released its 2011 Most Sustainable Cities Ranking today at the FCM (Federation of Canadian Municipalities) Sustainable Cities Conference in Victoria, B.C. This is the second year that Toronto has received this honour.

To create the ranking, Corporate Knights assessed cities using 28 indicators in five categories: Ecological Integrity, Economic Security, Governance and Empowerment, Infrastructure and Built Environment, and Social Well-Being.

Continue reading “Toronto: Bravo for Being the “2011 Most Sustainable Large City in Canada””