Monthly Archives: March 2012

The mapping medium is the carbon message

When faced with a huge global issue like climate change, it sometimes feels impossible to understand all the important elements of the issue. But just in time, geography comes to the rescue. Check out the interactive map at This … Continue reading

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Turning social capital into financial capital

Remember when you were in college and you and your friends all went in on a case of beer?  You may have been on the cutting edge of social finance without even realizing it.  Sharing costs in return for a … Continue reading

Posted in Energy efficiency, General, Green finance | Tagged Centre for Social Innovation, , community bond, CSI, , finance, financial capital, , social capital, solarshare, , TEDxToronto, Tonya Surman, Toronto, ZooShare | 1 Comment

80×50 – math moves us

Our blog has a new look and a new title to better express what drives TAF’s work: helping the City of Toronto meet its official target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. Big numbers when you think … Continue reading

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Shaken, not stirred – partnering on new social ventures

What happens when you mix together academia, industry and non-profits and ask them to create social ventures that help the environment? Ontario Centres of Excellence wants to find out. Last week I attended a session in Guelph presented by the … Continue reading

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Glass walls = heating the sky

Great article by Globe & Mail architecture columnist Lisa Rochon focusing on “curtain wall” construction. She spoke to TAF’s Bryan Purcell about how our Green Condo Loan accelerated more energy-efficient condo construction approaches, which helped advance Toronto’s Green Building … Continue reading

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