TransformTO Events

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.

TransformTO Community Conversations

Nearly 200 interested Torontonians participated in four City-hosted Community Conversations across Toronto in April and May to share their visions for Toronto in 2050.

The most common themes were:

  • More walkable, close-knit and complete communities
  • Better transit, pedestrian and cycling infrastructure
  • More green space (parks, green roofs, green walls, community gardens)
  • More renewable energy (solar, geothermal, wind)
  • More energy-efficient buildings (mandatory retrofits and energy-efficient new construction requirements)
  • Waste minimization and reuse

Many community members stated that behaviour and lifestyle changes will be critical to achieving the 80% greenhouse gas emission reduction target. Please read the full Summary Report of City-Hosted Events for more information.

Conversation resources and presentation:

Previous Events

Four TransformTO Community Conversations were hosted by the City of Toronto in April and May. The events were very well received with nearly 200 Torontonians joining us to share their vision of a low-carbon Toronto in 2050.

In addition to the City-hosted events, community groups across the city also organized their own local TransformTO events and conversations. Over 250 residents provided input through these events.

In the Fall of 2015, TransformTO hosted three TalkTransformation! Speaker Events. At each event, topic experts and community members were encouraged to share their ideas on emissions reduction in Toronto. The events were attended by over 300 residents. 

The feedback gathered from the community will be summarized and analyzed into an engagement report. The engagement report will be an input into TransformTO's technical scenario modelling. Together the engagement results and scenario modelling will inform the Climate Change Action Plan update that will be presented to City Council at the end of 2016.

About Centre for Social Innovation Event on April 7, 2016

About TalkTransformation Event #3 on November 26, 2015

ExpandTransportation: Low Carbon Mobility in Toronto

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Scarborough Civic Centre on November 26th. 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:

About TalkTransformation! Event #2 on October 29, 2015

ExpandEnergy and Buildings in a Low-Carbon Toronto

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the North York Memorial Community Hall on October 29th. 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:

About TalkTransformation Event #1 on September 24, 2015

ExpandCommunity & Infrastructure Resilience

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. 

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: