Environment & Energy
Worldwide, damage due to climate change, storm damage and flooding has totalled more than 6 trillion since 1980, with weather-related insurance claims increasing on average by 11% per year. Meanwhile, thanks to a changing climate, it is predicted that Toronto will have hotter, drier summers - with many more days of extreme heat - along with wetter, stormier winters.
The City of Toronto established Toronto Atmospheric Fund in 1991 to focus on reducing local greenhouse gas and air pollution emissions. Working with a $23 million endowment from the sale of the long-closed Langstaff Jail Farm, TAF operates as an arms-length agency at no cost to the City. TAF helps the City achieve the targets set out in the Council-approved climate plan and supports energy cost savings through energy efficiency. TAF-supported projects such as a streetlighting retrofit, traffic light LED conversion, and building retrofits have generated $55 million in savings for the city to date.
TAF deploys three programs - Incubating Climate Solutions, Mobilizing Financial Capital, and Mobilizing Social Capital - to address Toronto's major emissions sources: buildings and transportation. Based on a careful study of Toronto's emissions profile, TAF has a strong interest in energy efficiency retrofits in buildings, electric vehicles for fleets, efficient transportation of goods, natural gas alternatives like geothermal, and social innovation to support emission reduction strategies.
TAF was nominated for the 2013 Scotiabank EcoLiving Innovator's Award. The nomination recognized the Energy Savings Performance Agreement as a game-changer in the energy efficiency retrofit market.
Toronto City Council adopted a bylaw last month that sets high environmental standards applicable to all new taxi cabs in the city. New taxis must be either electric, hybrid, run on biodiesel, or have a fuel efficiency better than seven litres of gas per 100 kilometres. TAF advised the City on the development of the green taxi standards, which support the City’s Climate Change, Clean Air and Sustainable Energy Action Plan. Once the new standards are fully phased in, GHG emissions will be reduced by approximately 22,000 tonnes annually and the taxi industry will save $12 million yearly in fuel costs.
TAF is seeking an evaluator to design and implement a thorough evaluation of an ongoing collaborative initiative. Twelve diverse civic groups have been working together to advance a common goal through public awareness campaigns and stakeholder outreach for the past two years. Working in consultation with members of the collaborative group, the contractor will refine evaluation research questions and design a research methodology to address them, ultimately reporting on the findings. Find out more about this role, when and how to apply here (PDF).
Toronto Atmospheric Fund is seeking a facilitation and research services provider to support our strategic planning processes. This person will work with senior staff and researchers to design and implement a strategic planning process that will include preparation of an issues and opportunities paper, two half-day meetings with TAF’s ad hoc Strategic Planning Committee, and preparation of core strategic recommendations.The full description of this role can be seen here (PDF).