Resources – Resilience

Freshwater Canada’s lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands, hold 20 per cent of the world’s freshwater. With such richness comes responsibility to protect watersheds for the wildlife and people who rely on them.
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The Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP) – is a conservation authority-led initiative [Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)] that fosters broader implementation of technologies that protect water resources and reduce our carbon footprint.
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The City of Toronto’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) – coordinates major emergency and disaster planning and management. It is responsible for the City’s corporate emergency preparedness by developing programs and plans to prevent disasters, if possible and reducing the vulnerability of residents to any disaster that cannot be prevented.
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In the face of widespread wildlife loss and climate change, WWF-Canada’s new nation-wide assessment maps gaps in essential wildlife habitat protection and opportunities to protect areas that benefit biodiversity while slowing climate change.
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Efficient Heating and Cooling for Residential and Commercial Buildings – Without the Construction Costs. Subterra Renewables develops and operates thermal energy systems using the latest geothermal and heat recovery technology. We help building developers reduce costs while helping them meet the unique energy needs and carbon reduction goals of their buildings.
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Sustainable Food Systems – The undersigned civil society organizations, in the areas of farming, fisheries, environment, animal welfare, health, consumers, consumer co-operatives, development, social justice, climate, and forestry, are writing to you to seek a new direction in the way food policies are made and priorities are set.
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C40 CITIES is a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change. C40 supports cities to collaborate effectively, share knowledge and drive meaningful, measurable and sustainable action on climate change.

Around the world, C40 Cities connects 94 of the world’s greatest cities to take bold climate action, leading the way towards a healthier and more sustainable future. Representing 700+ million citizens and one quarter of the global economy, mayors of the C40 cities are committed to delivering on the most ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement at the local level, as well as to cleaning the air we breathe.
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Huge Divide in Spending on Climate Change Adaptation Across World’s Megacities
Against a backdrop of a global recession, this might seem like good news. But representing at most 0.33% of a city’s wealth, resiliencebuilding is still a small fraction of total spending.

 

Resilience.org aims to support building community resilience in a world of multiple emerging challenges: the decline of cheap energy, the depletion of critical resources like water, complex environmental crises like climate change and biodiversity loss, and the social and economic issues which are linked to these. We like to think of the site as a community library with space to read and think, but also as a vibrant café in which to meet people, discuss ideas and projects, and pick up and share tips on how to build the resilience of your community, your household, or yourself.
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Two Routes to Resilience by Clark Gilbert, Matthew Eyring and Richard N. Foster
Sooner or later, your company will probably need to transform itself in response to market shifts, groundbreaking technologies, or disruptive start-ups.
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A Green Infrastructure Guide for Small Cities, Towns and Rural Communities
Green Infrastructure – Ontario Coalition
A good reference guide for second-tier municipalities.
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Resilience Needed in Global Food Supply
Scientists say the global food system needs to be more resilient to shocks that can limit supply and drive up prices.
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Distl.Insight Report
Make This City – The State of Urban Manufacturing
How urban manufacturing is reshaping an industry, changing cities, and building local economies
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As cities continue to grow, it puts more pressure on the existing infrastructure. We take a look at how people are using technology to intelligently manage resources, change people’s behaviour and create a more pleasant environment. And how the answer may not even be about cities at all.
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The federal gov’t has announced new monies for resilience for municipalities. Time to come up with our first projects as the pot is there waiting to be used.
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Toronto – Chief Resilience Office
In 2016, the City of Toronto joined 99 other cities as part of 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) – an initiative designed to help cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges that impact our communities.

What Are Trees Worth to Cities?
David Nowak whittles down 30 years of studying the economic value of forests to this advice: If you can only plant one tree, plant it in a city. After all, in an era of overwhelming need for urban infrastructure improvements, trees offer cities some of the best bang for their buck. Trees remove carbon dioxide, filter air pollution, and produce oxygen. They absorb rainwater, UV radiation, and noise. They slow down traffic, improve property values, and reduce human stress and mental fatigue. And they provide shade, which means we have to use less energy to cool down.
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100 Resilient cities – They help cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.
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The Toronto Green Standard – is Toronto’s sustainable design requirements for new private and city-owned developments. The Standard consists of tiers of performance measures with supporting guidelines that promote sustainable site and building design. Tier 1 of the Toronto Green Standard is a mandatory requirement of the planning approval process.
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Canada’s Dietary Guidelines set out Health Canada’s guidelines and considerations on healthy eating. The objectives of the guidelines are to promote healthy eating and overall nutritional well-being, and support improvements to the Canadian food environment.
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Seneca HELIX – is dedicated to developing the entrepreneurial mindset. We accomplish this by providing knowledge, mentorship, sessions, workspace, access to like-minded peer community, and experiential opportunities.
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Sustainable Buildings Canada
Strategies and Technologies for Building Resilience
We also provide training and learning opportunities for organizations seeking the formal recognition of embedding an environmental imperative in their company, and for individuals adding this recognition to their personal resume.
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Resilient Housing: The Resources You Need
IN THE FACE of nature’s powerful forces, creating tough housing that can handle nature’s extremes makes sense. Here are the documents, plans, articles and video guides to help you build or rebuild a resilient home.
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DEEP RESILIENCE:
Our “Hotter, Wetter, Wilder”
Challenge
A Presentation of Seneca College, in association with TD Insurance
23, 24 and 25 October 2018
We know many of the causes including human impact on our climate, more people living in denser urban agglomerations, and the catastrophic effects of fire and rain in what we thought were stable settings.
FULL AGENDA OF THIS EVENT =>
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