A recent partnership between Project Neutral, a project of Tides Canada, and the Windfall Ecology Centre, an Ontario-based ENGO, has brought climate change mitigation to the streets of Toronto. Together, the two organizations have started Getting to 80, a community climate protection initiative.
Getting to 80 is about developing ways to engage and efficiently retrofit entire communities to reach Toronto’s GHG emissions targets. The Windfall Centre–Project Neutral partnership will hopefully become a globally-recognized example of a locally-sourced solution that can be applied to neighborhoods across Canada and around the world.
In 2007, the City of Toronto published the Climate Change, Clean Air and Sustainable Energy Action Plan1 to encourage residents, businesses and communities to cut greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) to clean the air and ensure a sustainable energy future for Toronto. The Action Plan aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the urban area by 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050; hence the program name Getting to 80.
The program is currently undergoing Phase 1, which offers residents of Toronto Wards 13 & 30 up to $2000 in incentives when making energy upgrades to their home. These initial incentives are being provided by Enbridge and eligibility can include efficiency upgrades to heating systems, water heating, and insulation to name a few.
Learn more about Getting to 80 and donate to Project Neutral so they can continue to create grassroots, neighbourhood-based efforts that respond to climate change and work towards thriving, healthy communities.