Item - 2015.PE3.6

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on May 5, 2015 without amendments.
  • This item was considered by the Parks and Environment Committee on April 15, 2015 and adopted without amendment. It will be considered by City Council on May 5, 2015.

PE3.6 - Transformation Toronto 2050 - Terms of Reference

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on May 5, 6 and 7, 2015, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council direct the Chief Corporate Officer to undertake the Transformation Toronto 2050: The Path to a Low Carbon Future initiative according to the Terms of Reference as outlined in the report (March 30, 2015) from the Chief Corporate Officer.

 

2.  City Council authorize the Chief Corporate Officer to enter into funding agreements to receive up to a maximum of $250,000 per annum and/or other related agreements (e.g. non-disclosure agreements) with community and not-for-profit foundations, government agencies, utility companies, and other partners, in forms satisfactory to the City Solicitor, to support research, program design and implementation activities in connection with this initiative, as required.

 

3.  City Council request the Chief Corporate Officer to report to the Parks and Environment Committee with updates on the development of the Transformation Toronto 2050: The Path to a Low Carbon Future initiative at key milestones and that the resultant strategic actions be submitted to City Council for approval.

Background Information (Committee)

(March 30, 2015) Report from the Chief Corporate Officer on Transformation Toronto 2050 - Terms of Reference
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-78667.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(April 15, 2015) Submission from Karen Buck (PE.New.3.6.1)

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) May-05-2015 10:42 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PE3.6 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 41 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Frank Di Giorgio, Rob Ford
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Vincent Crisanti, Chin Lee

PE3.6 - Transformation Toronto 2050 - Terms of Reference

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Parks and Environment Committee recommends that:

 

1.  City Council direct the Chief Corporate Officer to undertake the Transformation Toronto 2050: The Path to a Low Carbon Future initiative according to the Terms of Reference as outlined in the report (March 30, 2015) from the Chief Corporate Officer.

 

2.  City Council authorize the Chief Corporate Officer to enter into funding agreements to receive up to a maximum of $250,000 per annum and/or other related agreements (e.g. non-disclosure agreements) with community and not-for-profit foundations, government agencies, utility companies, and other partners, in forms satisfactory to the City Solicitor, to support research, program design and implementation activities in connection with this initiative, as required.

 

3.  City Council request the Chief Corporate Officer to report to the Parks and Environment Committee with updates on the development of the Transformation Toronto 2050: The Path to a Low Carbon Future initiative at key milestones and that the resultant strategic actions be submitted to City Council for approval.

Origin

(March 30, 2015) Report from the Chief Corporate Officer

Summary

Climate change is well understood to be the greatest environmental challenge of the 21st century. The changes occurring in the global climate pose serious threats to our natural environment, our health, our jobs and economy. The challenge is great, but if we continue on the path towards a low carbon future there will be many new opportunities to create a more prosperous, liveable, connected and equitable Toronto.

 

In July 2007, Toronto City Council unanimously decided to address the challenge of climate change when it adopted the target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent against 1990 levels by the year 2050. Toronto has made great strides towards that goal and it is estimated that emissions were 25 percent below 1990 levels in 2012, well exceeding the short-term target of a 6 percent reduction by 2012.  This achievement is recognized in part in the 2015 Sustainable Cities Index report, where Toronto is recognized as the most Sustainable City in North America taking into account economic, social and environmental criteria.

 

In order to maintain and improve Toronto's standing globally, new strategies and actions are required by all orders of government, residents and businesses to continue to curb emissions. If we act as part of a global effort to reduce carbon emissions, Toronto can help reduce the impacts of a changing climate on our city.

 

Transformation Toronto 2050: The Path to a Low Carbon Future” is a proposed process for co-creating with residents, businesses, community organizations, research institutions and other orders of government the path to be taken to achieve the goal of a 80 percent reduction in emissions. This proposal, if adopted, will result in the development of a short-term strategy (2017-2020) for achieving the interim target of a 30 percent reduction in emissions by 2020 and a long-term (2020-2050) approach identifying how we can reduce emissions by 80 percent, while generating a more prosperous economy and liveable and healthier Toronto.

 

The actions and strategies that will emerge from “Transformation Toronto 2050: The Path to a Low Carbon Future” will build upon and replace the existing climate change mitigation strategies found in the Climate Change Action Plan (adopted in July 2007) and The Power to Live Green: Toronto’s Sustainable Energy Strategy (adopted in November 2009). Existing research and work, plus best practices from other cities will inform the project. Addressing climate change is a whole community effort and this process will use innovative approaches for co-creating with the Toronto community and other partners the steps and pathways needed to continue on the path towards a low carbon, prosperous, equitable, connected and healthier Toronto.

Background Information

(March 30, 2015) Report from the Chief Corporate Officer on Transformation Toronto 2050 - Terms of Reference
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-78667.pdf

Communications

(April 15, 2015) Submission from Karen Buck (PE.New.3.6.1)

Speakers

Karen Buck

Motions

Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor Mike Layton (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council