Supporting the transition to resilient, low carbon communities.

 

The changing climate can no longer be ignored. Global temperatures are increasing as a result of human activity. These changes are affecting our communities today and will continue to do so in ways we cannot yet fully appreciate. We need collaborative action to reduce emissions and help keep warming from causing catastrophic disruption to the earth’s ecosystems. Our communities also need to be prepared to respond as the climate changes.

Climate change presents opportunities to rethink the way we design, build and live in urban areas. To envision what we want from our cities and develop the plans to get us there.

Through our work, we help communities identify their biggest challenges to becoming more resilient and sustainable and develop the conversations, research, tools and strategies to make the changes needed to address them.


Tools & Resources

 
   TORONTO 2030 PLATFORM    We developed this online tool to track building performance towards City of Toronto and Federal GHG-emission reduction targets in downtown Toronto (the Toronto 2030 District). It displays emissions from energy use, water use and transportation by individual building, building type and geography.   Launched 2018

TORONTO 2030 PLATFORM

We developed this online tool to track building performance towards City of Toronto and Federal GHG-emission reduction targets in downtown Toronto (the Toronto 2030 District). It displays emissions from energy use, water use and transportation by individual building, building type and geography.

Launched 2018

   EXCESS SOIL BY-LAW LANGUAGE TOOL    This tool supports good soil management practices to minimize soil excavation during construction and allow for reuse on site. It provides examples of by-law language and guidance for Ontario municipalities to use in creating or updating their Site Alteration or Fill By-Laws.  Launched 2016

EXCESS SOIL BY-LAW LANGUAGE TOOL

This tool supports good soil management practices to minimize soil excavation during construction and allow for reuse on site. It provides examples of by-law language and guidance for Ontario municipalities to use in creating or updating their Site Alteration or Fill By-Laws.

Launched 2016

 

Publications

 
   RESILIENT TORONTO PART 2 OUTCOMES    The second Resilient Toronto +PlaceMaker event was designed to create a unique space and approach to civic discourse around the question of how to achieve inclusive climate resilient growth. Several key themes emerged from the dialogue exploring the question of:  what inclusive climate resilient growth can and should look like in Toronto , and are captured in this outcomes summary.  Published 2018

RESILIENT TORONTO PART 2 OUTCOMES

The second Resilient Toronto +PlaceMaker event was designed to create a unique space and approach to civic discourse around the question of how to achieve inclusive climate resilient growth. Several key themes emerged from the dialogue exploring the question of: what inclusive climate resilient growth can and should look like in Toronto, and are captured in this outcomes summary.

Published 2018

   ONTARIO EXCESS SOIL SYMPOSIUM OUTCOMES SUMMARY    We convened the Excess Soil Symposium to discuss solutions and areas of further development required to support beneficial reuse of excess soil in Ontario, with a focus on soil receiving sites. Over 20 speakers (including the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario) and 270 attendees participated in the full-day session in Caledon. This outcomes document summarizes key findings from each session.  Published 2018

ONTARIO EXCESS SOIL SYMPOSIUM OUTCOMES SUMMARY

We convened the Excess Soil Symposium to discuss solutions and areas of further development required to support beneficial reuse of excess soil in Ontario, with a focus on soil receiving sites. Over 20 speakers (including the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario) and 270 attendees participated in the full-day session in Caledon. This outcomes document summarizes key findings from each session.

Published 2018

   RESILIENT TORONTO PART 1 OUTCOMES SUMMARY    This was the first event in a three-part series designed to track the development of Toronto’s new Resilience Strategy. This document captures the update from Toronto’s new Chief Resilience Officer, Elliott Cappell, on the Preliminary Resilience Assessment (PRA) as well as the challenges and required actions identified in the moderated panel discussion.  Published 2018

RESILIENT TORONTO PART 1 OUTCOMES SUMMARY

This was the first event in a three-part series designed to track the development of Toronto’s new Resilience Strategy. This document captures the update from Toronto’s new Chief Resilience Officer, Elliott Cappell, on the Preliminary Resilience Assessment (PRA) as well as the challenges and required actions identified in the moderated panel discussion.

Published 2018

   WATERFRONT TORONTO RESILIENCE AND INNOVATION FRAMEWORK FOR SUSTAINABILITY    This Framework is designed to be the foundation upon which Waterfront Toronto will deliver on its mandate for Environmentally and Socially Responsible Prosperity. It represents a commitment to educating, inspiring and attracting the world to Toronto through developing a 21st century Complete Community.  Published 2017

WATERFRONT TORONTO RESILIENCE AND INNOVATION FRAMEWORK FOR SUSTAINABILITY

This Framework is designed to be the foundation upon which Waterfront Toronto will deliver on its mandate for Environmentally and Socially Responsible Prosperity. It represents a commitment to educating, inspiring and attracting the world to Toronto through developing a 21st century Complete Community.

Published 2017

   THE RESILIENT CITY OUTCOMES REPORT    This event explored the importance of addressing interdependencies in urban resilience planning. This report captures the panels responses to questions about the cross-sectoral approaches that are needed to improve the resilience of the Toronto region and how these can be implemented when resilience planning doesn’t always align with political boundaries.  Published 2017

THE RESILIENT CITY OUTCOMES REPORT

This event explored the importance of addressing interdependencies in urban resilience planning. This report captures the panels responses to questions about the cross-sectoral approaches that are needed to improve the resilience of the Toronto region and how these can be implemented when resilience planning doesn’t always align with political boundaries.

Published 2017

   CANADIAN INFRASTRUCTURE REPORT CARD: INFORMING THE FUTURE    This report card analyzes the results of a voluntary nation-wide survey to assess the health of municipal infrastructure in Canada. This is necessary to ensure that the services, quality of life and economic growth provided by this infrastructure can be sustained over the long term.   KEY MESSAGES REPORT   Published January 2016

CANADIAN INFRASTRUCTURE REPORT CARD: INFORMING THE FUTURE

This report card analyzes the results of a voluntary nation-wide survey to assess the health of municipal infrastructure in Canada. This is necessary to ensure that the services, quality of life and economic growth provided by this infrastructure can be sustained over the long term.

KEY MESSAGES REPORT

Published January 2016

 
   A STEP TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE    This discussion paper was written to provoke thought on the need to identify new models for sustainable infrastructure, with the ultimate goal of generating discussion, an exchange of ideas and the formulation of a meaningful contribution from Canada to the UN Habitat’s World Urban Forum to be held in Medellin, Columbia in 2014.  Published 2013

A STEP TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE

This discussion paper was written to provoke thought on the need to identify new models for sustainable infrastructure, with the ultimate goal of generating discussion, an exchange of ideas and the formulation of a meaningful contribution from Canada to the UN Habitat’s World Urban Forum to be held in Medellin, Columbia in 2014.

Published 2013

   ADVANCING INTEGRATED COMMUNITY ENERGY PLANNING IN ONTARIO - THE PRIMER    This primer is designed to help municipalities understand how they can work within the regulatory framework to plan their communities’ energy future. It provides a rationale for why municipalities play a key role in integrated energy planning in Ontario, how municipalities can get started planning an integrated energy future and how to engage local partners.  Published 2013

ADVANCING INTEGRATED COMMUNITY ENERGY PLANNING IN ONTARIO - THE PRIMER

This primer is designed to help municipalities understand how they can work within the regulatory framework to plan their communities’ energy future. It provides a rationale for why municipalities play a key role in integrated energy planning in Ontario, how municipalities can get started planning an integrated energy future and how to engage local partners.

Published 2013

   MISSISSAUGA LIVING GREEN MASTER PLAN    This Living Green Master Plan (LGMP) prioritizes Mississauga's policies and programs into actions to meet the environmental objectives of the City's Strategic Plan. It identifies 49 actions for the City and its partners to implement over the next 10 years.  Published 2012

MISSISSAUGA LIVING GREEN MASTER PLAN

This Living Green Master Plan (LGMP) prioritizes Mississauga's policies and programs into actions to meet the environmental objectives of the City's Strategic Plan. It identifies 49 actions for the City and its partners to implement over the next 10 years.

Published 2012

 
   INTEGRATED ENERGY MAPPING FOR ONTARIO COMMUNITIES (IEMOC) – LESSONS LEARNED REPORT    This was a collaborative initiative that set out to analyze the impacts of population and employment growth; land-use and transportation planning decisions; and building and transportation energy efficiency measures on energy consumption for four Ontario municipalities. The report documents the energy mapping process that was used on the IEMOC project, to outline challenges encountered during the process, and to provide lessons learned.  Published 2011

INTEGRATED ENERGY MAPPING FOR ONTARIO COMMUNITIES (IEMOC) – LESSONS LEARNED REPORT

This was a collaborative initiative that set out to analyze the impacts of population and employment growth; land-use and transportation planning decisions; and building and transportation energy efficiency measures on energy consumption for four Ontario municipalities. The report documents the energy mapping process that was used on the IEMOC project, to outline challenges encountered during the process, and to provide lessons learned.

Published 2011

   AN ACTION PLAN FOR GROWING DISTRICT ENERGY SYSTEMS ACROSS CANADA    The 200 stakeholders that participated in this study, widely agreed that the District Energy (DE) solution was a sensible, if not essential, element to the future of Canadian energy systems. This research provides insight into future visions for DE, better understanding of the perceived and existing challenges to developing or expanding DE systems and views on the most effective means of overcoming these challenges.  Published 2011

AN ACTION PLAN FOR GROWING DISTRICT ENERGY SYSTEMS ACROSS CANADA

The 200 stakeholders that participated in this study, widely agreed that the District Energy (DE) solution was a sensible, if not essential, element to the future of Canadian energy systems. This research provides insight into future visions for DE, better understanding of the perceived and existing challenges to developing or expanding DE systems and views on the most effective means of overcoming these challenges.

Published 2011

 
 

Case Studies 

 
 

Contact

For more information about our Community Resilience & Sustainability work,
contact Amanda Smith: asmith (at) canurb (dot) org, 416-365-1806 x 221