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Canada’s first 2030 District launches in Toronto

Urgent response to climate change: Canada’s first 2030 District launches in Toronto
Joining forces to build a high-performance district, public-private coalition aims to significantly reduce harmful carbon emissions by 2030.
March 30, 2015 – Toronto… With an ambitious plan to tackle climate change, Toronto joins eight progressive cities in announcing the first 2030 District outside of the United States. Encompassing the downtown core from Dupont to Lake Ontario, and the Don Valley to Bathurst, the landmark district will target immediate reductions, working towards 50% lower emissions by the year 2030.
With over 550,000 people living and working within the district’s boundaries, the Toronto 2030 District is the largest to-date, significantly growing the network, which includes Seattle, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Denver, Stamford, San Francisco and Dallas.
These 2030 Districts focus on collectively solving the challenge of urban greenhouse gas emission reductions that government, industry and community organizations cannot achieve on their own.
This unprecedented collaboration is spearheaded by an impressive group of over 30 private and public organizations. Their goal is to create a high-performance district that aligns policy, design and market drivers to accelerate the pace of innovation in dealing with climate change.
Working together, Toronto 2030 District founding sponsors the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) and Sustainable Buildings Canada (SBC), and lead sponsor Enbridge Gas Distribution, along with the members of the district’s advisory board, which includes representatives from Brookfield Office Properties, Avison Young, Integral Group, Energy Profiles Ltd., Jones Lang LaSalle, Diamond Schmitt Architects, Coolearth Architecture, BOMA Toronto, Canadian Urban Institute, the City of Toronto and Ryerson University, want to fast track positive change in the building sector.
To accomplish this they aim to leverage existing local programs, increase information sharing, promote district-wide benchmarking, create economies of scale and build performance data.
“The 2030 District is a forum for collaboration that amplifies the success of existing conservation programs, removes redundancies and fills the gaps by sharing knowledge to build best practices. It establishes a framework for other cities in Canada to follow suit,” says Jeff Ranson, Executive Director, Toronto 2030 District.
The foundation of the initiative is outlined by Architecture 2030 in its 2030 Challenge for Planning. SBC first explored the idea of bringing a 2030 District to Toronto when Architecture 2030 founder, Ed Mazria, spoke at its annual Green Building Festival.
“SBC has been part of the growth of green building in Toronto for some 15 years. Today, there is broad support to make a significant push toward improved environmental performance, and downtown Toronto is ready to be seen as a global leader. The 2030 District is a powerful platform to engage and focus industry,technical, political and community stakeholders in a specified geographic territory to establish and pursue
aggressive targets,” says SBC Chair, Constantine (Taki) Eliadis.
The OAA became a natural founding partner after being the first in Canada to introduce its OAA+2030 Professional Series, a benchmark education program that assists Ontario’s architecture and construction community in eliminating greenhouse gas emissions through sustainable design. “Architects must be leaders in designing and building projects that are sustainable. That means continuing to educate ourselves, but also partnering with other organizations in the building sector to share the responsibility. The 2030 District facilitates a holistic approach to sustainable building, creating community cohesiveness to mobilize change,” says OAA President Toon Dreessen.
The benefits of the initiative are not just local. The district puts Toronto, and Canada, on the map as leaders in dealing with climate change, and also connects the city and its industry partners to a North American-wide network of cities that are all dealing with similar challenges.
“The Toronto 2030 District allows us to harness all of our brain power, knowledge and experience to improve the way we build, manage and operate buildings. Never before have we had a forum like this that brings everyone together to develop better building, construction and operational solutions,” says Steve Ichelson, VP Operations at Avison Young Real Estate Management Services.
The full list of Toronto 2030 District supporters and stakeholders includes:
Avison Young
Brookfield Office Properties
Ellis Don
Infrastructure Ontario
Jones Lang LaSalle
Minto Group
Ryerson University
University Health Network
Canadian Green Building Council Greater Toronto Chapter
Canadian Urban Institute
Canadian Institute for Energy Training
City of Toronto Planning
Enbridge Gas Distribution
Energy Services Association of Canada
Ontario Association of Architects
Ontario Society of Professional Engineers
Sustainable Buildings Canada
Toronto Hydro
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Ameresco Canada
Airtron Canada
The Carbon Accounting Company
Coolearth Architecture Inc.
Cricket Energy
CS&P Architects
Diamond & Schmitt Architects
Ecovert Sustainability Solutions
Energy Profiles Ltd.
Hilditch Architects
Integral Group
Internat Energy Solutions Canada
OZZ Electric
Provident Energy Management
Quadrangle Architects
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About Architecture 2030
Architecture 2030 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research organization with the mission of rapidly transforming the built environment from the major contributor of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to a central part of the solution to the climate and energy crises. Architecture 2030 pursues two primary objectives:
  • The dramatic reduction in global fossil fuel consumption and GHG emissions of the built environment by changing the way cities, communities, infrastructure, and buildings are planned, designed, and constructed; and
  • The regional development of an adaptive, resilient built environment that can manage the impacts of climate change, preserve natural resources, and access low-cost, renewable energy resources

Founding Partner Toronto 2030 District: the Ontario Association of Architects
The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) is a self-regulating organization governed by the Architects Act, which is a statute of the Government of Ontario. The OAA’s mission is to represent, regulate, support and promote the profession of architecture in the interest of all Ontarians, and to lead the design and delivery of built form in the Province of Ontario.For more information, visit:
Founding Partner Toronto 2030 District: Sustainable Buildings Canada Sustainable
Buildings Canada (SBC) has a vision to transform the building industry to achieve higher levels of environmental performance. Since its inception in 2002, SBC has sought to educate, support, and empower building professionals and policy makers in Canada through various projects. SBC aims to be the leading national agency and coordinating body for Canadian professionals seeking to create sustainable buildings.
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