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Harvested insights gleaned from The Sustainability Imperative research projects and other CEL course projects with salience for advancing climate action in Toronto.

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The purpose of the workshop was to discuss the findings emerging from research projects completed by University of Toronto students in community engaged learning (CEL) classes over the past seven years.

In the workshop, participants selected what they felt was the most promising intervention – social equity focused financial mechanisms for advancing neighbourhood scale climate action that keeps wealth in communities – to further explore by way of a backcasting exercise. The exercise began with “painting a picture of the future” and then an exploration of “how we want to get there.”

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UCAP and partners organized three workshops to convene and engage key change-makers in industry, community organizations, and government to surface solutions to the real-world barriers they face in meeting the TransformTO goals in four of the largest emission-producing sectors:  buildings (new and existing), transportation, and energy. The workshops generated roles and responsibilities for action, as well as reports to guide the work to be done. A final workshop focusing on waste is in the planning stage, and is scheduled for early 2024.

Multi-unit Residential Building Workshop Report, Spring 2022

Low Carbon Mobility Workshop Report, July 2023

Low Carbon and Renewable Energy Workshop Report, July 2023

Low Carbon Waste Workshop, Planned for early 2024

Student Work

Future generations of architects, planners, engineers, policy analysts, communications specialists, and more are becoming better versed in sustainability thinking and climate action

These reports were written by groups of students as part of the course GLA 2029 The Sustainability Imperative. The reports address key challenges facing the City of Toronto.

Open the database and search GLA2029 for the complete list of projects or click on the links, below.

Understanding the Social Equity Implications of Decarbonization in Existing Buildings

Neighbourhood & Community-Led Solutions to Building Retrofitting

Innovative Retrofit Programs Jurisdictional Scan

Understanding the Qualitative and Quantitative Benefits of the City’s PollinateTO Community Grants Program

Investigating Incentives and Disincentives in the Transition to Zero Emission Vehicles in Toronto

Scaling and Delivering Climate Solutions

Communicating Transformational Change

Sustainable Procurement

Zero Emissions Construction Product and Knowledge Gaps

Integration of Climate in Asset Management Processes

Jurisdictional Scan of Retrofit Initiatives

Indoor Health Co-Benefit of Building Retrofit Projects

The Importance of Community Collaboration: Strategies for Encouraging Youth Engagement in Sustainable Practices

The Digital World: Addressing Cybersecurity Gaps in TransformTO

The Dimensions of TransformTO’s EV Policies: Equity, Urban Mobility, and the Politics of Sustainability

Paper, Plastic, or Power: Advancing Social Equity and Environmental Sustainability in the TransformTO Net Zero Strategy

Powering the Way to Sustainability: Inequality in Toronto’s Housing and Energy Initiatives

Finding a Home in a Changing World: Evaluating Canada’s Ability to House and Support Climate Migrants through Sustainable Housing Development

The Geopolitics of Sustainability: The Rise of City Diplomacy in Combating Climate Change

Toward A Democratic TransformTO

The Social Implications of TransformTO’s 5G Implementation Strategy

Improving Equitable Political Participation in the City of Toronto:
Indigenous and Youth Participation

A Tale of Two Governments: Comparing green construction policies in Toronto and Ontario

TransformTo’s (TTO) Impact on Mining Communities

Pedaling Ahead: A Plan for a More Bike-Friendly Toronto

Rethinking Urban Mobility: Cities As Important Actors of Innovation

The Innovation of Sustainability: Re-conceiving sustainability practices and policies to make them more resilient and adaptive to disruptive change