In a recent podcast of the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s Hit Go five-part series, U of T’s Vice-President of Operations and Real Estate Partnerships, Scott Mabury, discussed how the university’s aging buildings and maintenance backlog incentivized the prioritization of resilient infrastructure. This episode explains how to accelerate investments in sustainable infrastructure through a blended model of public and private funding. Other topics of this series focused on the climate economy include cleantech startups, electric vehicles and the infrastructure required to promote EV (Electric Vehicle) adoption, and financing models that overcome risk aversion to green investments among organizations and investors.Listen to “Episode 5 – The Cost of a Green Economy” on Spreaker.
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U of T community members are leading the way toward a more sustainable future! In April 2023, the first episode of the Sustainable Future – Challenge Accepted! video series was released.
Watch all episodes of the video series on YouTube or click the links to each episode below.
Episode 1, Changemakers, features alumni who are championing new discoveries and initiatives in climate innovation, social justice, green tech and more.
In Episode 2, Climate Resilience, UTSC students share their thoughts on eco-anxiety, the global impact of climate change and a path forward to sustainability.
In Episode 3, Green Tech & AI, researchers share how they are using artificial intelligence, machine learning, climate informatics and data crowdsourcing to help inform an equity-based response to the climate crisis.
Episode 4, Climate Justice, explores the climate justice work of Indigenous researchers at U of T, challenges they face and how they are leading change. In the land-based learning part, Liat Margolis – associate professor of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture and CECCS member of the Teaching & Learning Subcommittee – is featured with her co-founder of the Nikibii Dawadinna Giigwag Youth Program at U of T.
Mo Tahvili is a co-founder and chief technology officer of Inwit, a Toronto startup that is dedicated to offering waste-free takeout. Inwit – a recent finalist in U of T’s Adams Sustainability Innovation Prize competition – currently partners with 16 Toronto restaurants to offer takeout meals in reusable stainless steel containers. Mo spoke to U of T News about his experience juggling a marketing business, a startup and computer science studies at the University of Toronto
At the 2022 Adams Sustainability Innovation Prize competition, Arbre won second-place and $7,500 for their company. Arbre is a sustainable sun care brand on a mission to create inclusive and innovative sun protection products.
Kristina Knox and Stephanie Tien co-founders of sun-care startup Arbre recently spoke with U of T News about how their second-place finish paved the way for the launch of their debut product.
A University of Toronto initiative to offset emissions from university-funded air travel is reaching for the skies by ensuring every kilometer flown supports sustainability projects across the three campuses.
U of T News interview with CECCS Director Kristy Faccer about how U of T is building on the five-year foundation laid by the CECCS to scale up our sustainability ambitions in the years ahead.