14 years ago, Torontonians started falling in love with their Green Bins! Etobicoke residents were the first to get their Green Bins in September 2002. It all started two years earlier when TEA and the Canadian Union of Public Employees proposed Green Bin pick up to City Council as an alternative to sending valuable organics to the proposed Adams Mine landfill.
News & Updates
Last week, TEA held a unique forum bringing together grassroots leaders to talk about engaging people on climate change. The participants represented communities across Toronto, and worked on a range of issues including poverty reduction, emergency preparedness, housing, settlement services and more.
The just announced Provincial plan to scrap $3.8 billion in renewable energy projects is supposedly aimed at saving ratepayers about $2.45 per month.
Some time in 1991 or 1992, TEA’s first-ever newsletter was produced. It was called TEA Leaves. There were no computer design programs, just a bunch of volunteers who wrote and illustrated it by hand, photocopied it and distributed it to TEA supporters by Canada Post and at events. TEA Leaves chronicled the successes a very young TEA had and became an information source for Torontonians who wanted a greener Toronto.
On September 9th TEA’s Climate Change Campaigner, Dusha Sritharan, appeared before the City of Toronto Parks and Environment Committee to talk about the recent heat waves that have been affecting the city. She addressed the steps that need to be taken to ensure the safety of the city’s residents and green spaces in the face of a changing climate.
Cycle Toronto, the Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) and Walk Toronto applaud the Federal Government for its announcement last week that Toronto is eligible for up to $840 million for sustainable transportation infrastructure, including funds for cycling and walking as well as public transit.
Najiba and Karthika worked in the Malvern community in Scarborough-Rouge Park this summer to discuss waste management strategies and help communities reach their zero waste goals.
Guest Blog by: Michelle Sawka - Project Manager, Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition
Toronto’s urban forest touches most corners of the city, and you probably know some parts of it very well. It includes all of the trees and shrubs growing along streets, in front and back yards, in parks, and in ravines and natural areas.
This summer, Torontonians have been looking for creative ways to keep cool during the heat, haze, and humidity. Already this summer, 12 heat warnings and 7 extended heat warnings have been declared in Toronto. As a City that’s learning to cope with this unusual heat, we know that this is just a taste of what we can expect in future years because of climate change.
The City is currently considering whether and how to license landlords and rental units in an effort to improve living conditions for the half of Torontonians who live in rental housing. This is not only an opportunity to improve living conditions, but also to address some important environmental issues.
For anyone who thinks governments (including the Province) have invested enough money in meeting the transit needs of Toronto and our surrounding neighbours, think again. A new report shows that while governments have already made significant investments, much more needs to be done to finish building and operating a regional transit system.
Tucked away in the Humber Bay Shores is a unique blend of greenery and condominiums. If you look closely you will notice a concrete shed colourfully decorated with butterflies that represent the restoration efforts being made by Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat (HBBH).
Last summer, volunteers from South Etobicoke helped gather air quality data as part of the INHALE Project. All of this data is now available on an interactive map that shares the results with the community to spark conversations about a range of clean air solutions. Urban gardening initiatives are one example that help combat air quality issues and support community food needs.