What is our vision for Toronto in the year 2050? How will we reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent? These questions and more were the focus of the TransformTO Community Conversations and events in 2016 and 2017. Community feedback helped to inform the City’s pathway to a low-carbon future and provide insight on climate action priorities.

This year, the City is taking community engagement one step further by creating a TransformTO Reference Panel on Climate Action. Through this panel, the City will bring together a group of residents to learn about, discuss, and provide input on TransformTO climate action priorities for the next four years.

More details about this reference panel and all community engagement reports can be found below.

A Residents’ Reference Panel is a group of randomly selected residents tasked with examining an issue in-depth and making consensus recommendations to governments on behalf of their fellow residents.

Beginning in June 2019, the City will send a letter to 12,500 randomly-selected households inviting recipients to volunteer for the Panel. From the pool of volunteers, 32 members will be randomly selected to ensure broad representation from across the city.

Over three days this summer, members of the Panel will learn more about the ways Toronto can take action on climate change and work together to make recommendations about what actions the City should take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the next four years.

Reports and updates will be provided.

On April 7, 2016, we invited 70 members of the environmental and social innovation community to reflect on pathways to deep carbon reduction in Toronto.

The Synthesis & Summary reports outline the ideas that emerged.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Scarborough Civic Centre on November 26, 2016. The event was a success, with over 250 attendees joining us in person and via Periscope.

Our panelists for this event included:

Marianne Hatzopoulou, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, UofT
Adam Arnold, Program Management Lead, UrbanTrans North America
Hilary Holden, Director of Transit and Sustainable Transportation, City Planning, City of Toronto
Ashley Curtis, Director of Transportation Infrastructure Management, Transportation Services, City of Toronto

Materials from the event:

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the North York Memorial Community Hall on October 29, 2016. Over one hundred residents shared their opinions on Energy and Buildings in Toronto by attending the event, contributing to TranformTO interactive activities at the event and filling out the TransformTO Workbook.

Our panelists for this event included:

Michael Brooks, REALpac
Katie Harper, Project Neutral
Leslie Malone, Acadia Centre

Materials from the event:

Preparing Toronto for an Extreme Weather Future – Community & Infrastructure Resilience

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Innis Hall, University of Toronto, on September 24, 2016.

Our panelists for this event included:

Seana Irvine, Evergreen
Dr. Lucy Cummings, Faith and the Common Good
Dr. Patricia McCarney, World Council on City Data; Global Cities Institute, University of Toronto
Grant Humes, Toronto Financial District BIA

Materials from the event: