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NEW REPORT: Food service businesses in Toronto are willing to change their practices around single-use and reusable foodware April 28, 2022

In 2021, TEA partnered up with the U of T Trash Team on a new pollution prevention project. We wanted to know: “What are the challenges and opportunities related to switching from single-use to reusable foodware materials in local businesses?”

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City Budget Update: Ambitious new climate targets, same old Budget February 24, 2022
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Learning Session: Using regulations and community action to shift from disposables to reuse in Toronto February 24, 2022

Join us next week for a learning session on how we can create a ReusableTO!

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The City is looking for your input on regulations on single-use items. Here’s what you can call for. February 15, 2022

Thanks to strong public demand, Toronto passed a Single-Use and Take Away Items Reduction Strategy last year. Now, the City is seeking input on regulations to reduce single-use foodware items - such as cups, utensils and bags. 

This is a key moment to show support for a Single-Use Reduction Strategy that moves quickly to eliminate unnecessary disposables and makes a real shift towards reusable alternatives! Have your say by March 6th.

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Climate and the 2022 City Budget: Ambitious new climate plan, same old budget February 03, 2022

The 2022 City Budget process is underway, and soon, City Council will be making decisions about funding for critical City programs, services, and infrastructure, from public transit, to housing and shelters, to libraries, to climate action. While Toronto passed an ambitious new Net Zero Strategy in December, more action is needed to make sure this strategy is funded so we can increase our climate resilience and improve the wellbeing of Toronto residents.

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Parklands for Public Good: Open Letter to City Council on the City of Toronto Golf Course Review February 01, 2022

This week, City Council will be discussing the results of the City of Toronto Golf Course Review and will vote on next steps. Read our joint letter below. 

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Submission to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee - Review of City of Toronto Golf Courses January 11, 2022

On January 11th, the Infrastructure and Environment Committee met and discussed a new report with the results of a public consultation on the future use of City-operated golf courses lands and recommendations for alternative community uses for parts of these lands - uses like Indigenous placekeeping, parks and trails, community food growing, expanded community access and natural regeneration. 

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[VIDEO] Solutions in Action: Reducing Waste in Toronto’s High-Rise Buildings December 22, 2021

Since TEA launched our Zero Waste High-Rise Project, we’ve worked with residents and staff of dozens of multi-residential buildings across Toronto to find solutions to their waste challenges. 

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CAMPAIGN UPDATE: Toronto’s new TransformTO Net Zero Strategy December 17, 2021

On December 15th, Toronto City Council passed the TransformTO Net Zero Strategy, officially setting a new target for Toronto of net zero emissions by 2040. While this is a great step in Toronto’s climate ambition, and we had a number of wins to strengthen the strategy, there are still unanswered questions around how the plan will be funded and how these ambitious commitments will become concrete action. Read more about what happened, what we won, and what’s next.

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ANALYSIS: Toronto’s TransformTO Net Zero Strategy November 30, 2021

Toronto is updating its climate action plan, with a new target of net zero emissions by 2040! Last week, the City released the draft TransformTO Net Zero Strategy. Increasing our targets is critical - but implementing the Strategy is key and it will require a robust plan of action and new sources of funding. Read our analysis of the new TransformTO Net Zero Strategy and our recommendations. 

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Toronto is releasing a new TransformTO Net Zero Strategy - here’s what it needs to include November 24, 2021

Toronto is releasing a new TransformTO Net Zero Strategy - an update to the TransformTO climate plan - with a target of net-zero by 2050 or sooner. This is a critical time to ramp up Toronto’s climate ambition and set us on a path to a climate-safe future. 

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Explainer: Toronto’s climate strategies from TransformTO to Net Zero November 23, 2021

We need climate action now. Since a large share of emissions — about 70 per cent — come from cities globally, we are looking to cities like Toronto to adopt strong climate measures and do our part to make a significant impact on global emissions. 

However, it can be challenging to navigate the numerous climate policies, strategies, plans, and programs at every level of government.

TEA has put together this brief explainer blog to break down what exactly we need to know about Toronto’s climate plans and strategies - especially as the City’s new draft TransformTO Net Zero Strategy is due to be released! 

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Join us for "Changing Environmental Engagement Practice: A Webinar on Using a Connected Communities Approach to Grow Local Climate Leadership" October 14, 2021
We’re excited to announce an upcoming webinar, co-hosted by Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) and the Centre for Connected Communities (C3).
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New Resource: The Urban Climate Alliance’s Accountability Framework Handbook July 29, 2021

Cities have a critical role to play in the fight against climate change. TEA is proud to be part of the Urban Climate Alliance (UCA), a coalition of organizations advocating for climate action at the municipal level.

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PUBLIC SPACE FOR PUBLIC GOOD: Share your ideas on the future of Toronto’s City-operated golf courses July 08, 2021

The City of Toronto is reviewing the use of five City-operated golf course locations, and you can share your ideas on how these publicly-owned parklands could be better used in the future to serve the greatest public good. 

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TEA's Submission to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee: Water Users Consultation on Water Fees, Charges and Programs July 06, 2021

July 5, 2021

Re: IE23.6 Water Users Consultation on Water Fees, Charges and Programs

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TEA's Submission to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee: Net Zero Existing Buildings Strategy July 06, 2021

July 5, 2021

Re: IE23.1 Net Zero Existing Buildings Strategy 

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TEA's Submission to the Planning and House Committee - Toronto Green Standard Review and Update June 28, 2021

June 25, 2021

City of Toronto, Planning and Housing Committee 

Re: PH 25.17- Toronto Green Standard Review and Update

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Growing a movement of zero waste high-rises: meet eight new buildings that are taking action June 24, 2021

We’re thrilled to introduce a new group of multi-residential buildings that are taking ambitious action on waste, creating more sustainable buildings, and building stronger communities!

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CAMPAIGN UPDATE: Toronto votes to move ahead with a Single-Use Reduction Strategy June 22, 2021

At its June meeting, Toronto City Council voted to move forward with the first phase of a Single-Use Reduction Strategy targeting disposable cups, bags, utensils and containers! This is a good first step, but it’s only the beginning. Thank you to everyone who spoke up to show support and push Council to take bold and swift action. Here’s what we won and what’s next. 

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