Monthly Archives: April 2013

Sustainable or stranded?

Peter Knight, President of Generation Investment Management LLP was the guest speaker at TAF’s packed 2013 annual meeting event.  Generation manages a significant portion of TAF’s endowment and Peter, formerly chief of staff to Al Gore, co-founded the company with … Continue reading

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Nailed it! Toronto exceeds Kyoto target

Back in 2007 when City Council passed the Climate Change and Clean Air Action Plan, we set what seemed like an ambitious target for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions: 6% below 1990 levels by 2012 — equivalent to Canada’s target … Continue reading

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Giving The Big Move a Big Push

This week’s CivicAction Forum assembled 300 civic, non-profit, business and academic leaders to discuss the transportation challenges facing the GTHA. It was great to be there and I came away with five key insights. We are at a pivotal moment. … Continue reading

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Want greener taxis? Let the City know.

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, everyone has an opinion about Toronto’s taxis. On a professional level, I see them as an important part of a sustainable transportation system that includes walking, cycling, public transit, carpooling and carsharing. On a personal … Continue reading

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The Glass Box and the Toronto Green Development Standard

The plethora of high-rise condo developments sprouting up around Toronto is raising a growing number of questions, chief among them – are these buildings sustainable? Many of these buildings feature window-wall systems. Basically, while the floors and supports are made … Continue reading

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