Toronto residents invited to TalkTransformation! event on reducing emissions from transportation

The City of Toronto's TalkTransformation! event series continues on November 26 with a conversation focused on reducing emissions from transportation, the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto.

TalkTransformation! is a component of TransformTO, an initiative that will create a detailed action plan to reduce Toronto's greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2020 and a longer-term vision to achieve the City's 80 per cent reduction target by 2050. To date, city-wide emissions have been reduced by 25 per cent from 1990 levels.

"Toronto and other cities the world over are taking action to cut greenhouse gas emissions to address climate change," said Councillor Gord Perks (Ward 14 Parkdale-High Park), Chair of the City's Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation. "As we look to become one of the most sustainable cities in the world, and to improve our health, prosperity and equity at the same time, I encourage everyone to get involved."

The event will be moderated by Matt Elliott, urban affairs columnist with Metro Toronto. Featured speakers will include:

  • Marianne Hatzopoulou, Transportation Engineering Research Group, University of Toronto, on the relationships between transportation, greenhouse gas emissions and health
  • Adam Arnold, UrbanTrans North America, on transportation demand management strategies and solutions
  • Hilary Holden, City Planning, City of Toronto, on the City's transit planning and sustainable transportation promotion, and
  • Ashley Curtis, Transportation Services, City of Toronto, on the City's transportation infrastructure planning and management.
This free public event – taking place in the council chamber at Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr. on Thursday next week – will begin with interactive activities at 6:30 p.m. and a panel discussion from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Members of the public are encouraged to register for the event and to share their ideas with the City on this topic and others by completing the online workbook at http://toronto.ca/transformto.

Toronto's Environment and Energy Division and Toronto Atmospheric Fund are co-leading TransformTO. In 2016, the process will include stakeholder engagement and broader public consultations.

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