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TEA Accomplishments


For over 25 years, TEA has been campaigning locally to find solutions to Toronto's urban environmental problems. And we're proud of what we've been able to accomplish along with our members and supporters.

In the 1990s we built an organization where Torontonians could work together to advocate for real change. We started with  volunteers and then hired professional staff who helped focus community initiatives to bring about policy change at Toronto City Hall. By the late 1990s, our efforts began paying off with tangible green policies. Since then, we've celebrated lots of victories.

Click on the "25 Years..." Timeline image for a click-able pdf with links to TEA's archive!

Here are some of our victories:

2013: TEA convinces City Committee to focus on waste diversion, not waste disposal in new plan to deal with Toronto’s garbage.

2013: TEA rings alarm bells about a new city report that shows extreme heat coming to Toronto by 2040 due to climate change.

2013: TEA’s membership hits 37,000

2012: TEA delivers 24,000 letters and petition signatures to City Council asking for transit expansion to be put back on track. Council agrees.

2012: TEA launched a new logo to better reflect our current Mission and Vision.

2012: TEA’s membership hits 30,000

2012: First set of ChemTRAC data on local business chemical use release to public as required by Community Right to Know Bylaw. TEA works with communities to get data into the hands of Torontonians.

2011: TEA fights to save 44 Community Environment Days and other important environmental programs during 2011 Core Service Review and 2012 Budget votes. 

2011: TEA mounts major campaign to inform Torontonians about the Mayor’s “new” transit plan that costs more and delivers dramatically less service to Torontonians.

2011: TEA's Good Neighbour Campaign in Scarborough pushes local company to address community pollution concerns.

2010: TEA plays a key role in making sure six environmental priorities are part of the municipal election campaign.

2010: TEA convinces City Council to ask the Province to expand the Greenbelt into Toronto through the public lands in the Rouge, Don and Humber River Valleys.

2010: TEA advocated to shut down the last City-owned biosolids incinerator in Toronto and won! The Highland Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant will no longer be one of the largest polluters in Toronto.

2009: TEA launches TTCriders.ca - a public transit advocacy group that gives transit riders a voice.

2008: TEA publishes first-ever Culturally-Specific Local Food guides that provide information about where Torontonians can buy fresh, locally grown food used in Chinese and South Asian cuisine.

2008: City passes first ever Community Right to Know Bylaw in Canada that will require businesses - from dry cleaners to funeral homes and auto-body repair shops - to reveal their discharges of 25 priority chemicals.

2008: City Council adopts a Buy Local Food First procurement policy for City Agencies that includes a target to buy 50% local food as soon as possible.

2007: TEA launches Secrecyistoxic.ca, an innovative website that allows Torontonians to learn about toxic concerns and green businesses in their neighbourhood. NOW Magazine awards Secrecyistoxic.ca as ‘Best Community Initiative’.

2007: City adopts smog and climate change plan including key recommendations made by TEA over the past 10 years.

2007: TEA holds Smog Hike to honour 1700 annual victims of smog

2006: TEA succeeds in getting Mayor David Miller and other candidates to include important environmental goals in their election platforms.

2006: TEA launches its Community Right to Know Campaign, calling on Toronto to adopt a bylaw that discloses the use, storage and release of toxic chemicals in our neighbourhoods.

2005: TEA awarded ‘Best Environmental Organization’ in NOW magazine’s Best of Toronto 

2005: TEA works with tenants to launch an innovative tenant-led energy conservation program at an east-end Toronto Community Housing neighbourhood. The program wins a prestigeous "Green Toronto" award.

2005: TEA co-founds the Low Income Energy Network (LIEN) to address the burden of home energy costs on low-income families and to advocate for low-income energy efficiency and conservation programs. The Ontario government adopts and implements many of LIEN’s recommendations.

2004: TEA convinces City to increase TTC ridership and expand transit service.

2003: TEA & allies succeed in getting the City to pass a pesticide ban on private property. 

2003: TEA awarded ‘Best Defender of Local Ecology' in NOW Toronto magazine’s Critics Picks 

2002: TEA works with a coalition of community groups to stop attempts to privatize Toronto's public water system.

2002: TEA is instrumental in developing Toronto’s Wet Weather Flow Master Plan, which outlines a 25 year work-plan to improve Toronto’s beaches, rivers and waterways by reducing pollution resulting from combined sewers and storm water run-off.

2002: TEA gets public and politicians to take seriously 10 years of underfunding to the TTC.

2002: City finally implements TEA plan for Green Bins.

2001: TEA launches the Beach Watch campaign to help educate beach goers about the sources of Beach pollution and the need for homeowner water conservation.

2000: TEA works with local citizens in Toronto and Kirkland lake to stop City plan to ship Toronto's garbage to the Adams Mine in Kirkland Lake.

2000: City adopts first-ever Environmental Plan, with key input from TEA.

1998: City adopts TEA’s Smog Alert Action Plan to reduce smog emissions on smog days.

1996: TEA forms Rocket Riders to advocate for public transit.

1994: TEA’s critique “A Curbside Tale: How Taxpayers Were Left Holding the Blue Box” gets national attention in the Globe and Mail

1994: TEA has active campaigns to reduce garbage, clean up city sewage, reduce pesticide use, develop a green local economy, and share knowledge with a local environmental group in Ecuador

1993: Issue 1 of TEA Leaves, TEA’s newsletter gets made by hand and sent to TEA supporters.

1992: TEA starts public information campaign to promote green lawns that don’t rely on toxic pesticides

1991: TEA starts the annual Ecobunk Awards, a tongue-in-cheek look at greenwashing.

1990: Province wants to burn garbage TEA says NO! in a new garbage report.

1989: Organizes a recycling education program that helps lower Blue Box contamination rates.

1988: TEA is born on February 20th at a meeting at 519 Church Street when bylaws and a constitution are adopted by the members.

1987: TEA is conceived of at a February Greening the City Conference organized by Pollution Probe held in Scarborough.


Open the file below for a printable timeline of some of TEA's accomplishments over the past 25 years.


TEA 20th Timeline.pdf1006.49 KB
TEA 25th Timeline with links.pdf502.25 KB