Item - 2016.PE15.1

Tracking Status

PE15.1 - TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy Equitable, and Prosperous Toronto

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on December 13, 14 and 15, 2016, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council add the following to the TransformTO Short-term Strategies, set out in Attachment A to the report (November 2, 2016) from the Chief Corporate Officer:

 

a. consider biogas energy recovery and thermal hydrolysis process enhancements for Highland Creek Treatment Plant; and

 

b. include the greenhouse gas reduction potential realized from diverting waste from disposal as a result of the Long Term Waste Management Strategy.

 

2.  City Council approve the TransformTO Short-term Strategies, set out in Attachment A to the report (November 2, 2016) from the Chief Corporate Officer, as amended by Part 1, above.

 

3.  City Council direct City Divisions, Agencies and Corporations with support from the Chief Corporate Officer, to develop business cases as part of the 2018 Budget Process to support the implementation of the strategies outlined in the TransformTO Short-term Strategies, set out in Attachment A to the report (November 2, 2016) from the Chief Corporate Officer, as amended by Part 1, above.

 

4.  City Council direct the City Manager to advocate to the Provincial and Federal governments for program funding, co-delivery opportunities and related policy and regulatory supports necessary to implement the TransformTO Short-term Strategies, set out in Attachment A to the report (November 2, 2016) from the Chief Corporate Officer as amended by Part 1 above and to prepare the City for success in achieving the 2050 target.

 

5.  City Council authorize the City Manager or designate to negotiate and enter into all necessary agreements, including funding agreements, to support the implementation of the TransformTO Short-term Strategies, set out in Attachment A to the report (November 2, 2016) from the Chief Corporate Officer, as amended by Part 1 above, in forms satisfactory to the City Solicitor.

 

6.  City Council request the City Manager to report to the Budget Committee on the business cases outlined in the supplementary report (December 12, 2016) from the Chief Corporate Officer [PE15.1b] for consideration as part of the 2017 Budget Process.

 

7.  City Council direct that a copy of Council's decision be forwarded to the Chief Resiliency Officer for consideration in his or her work plan upon hiring.

Background Information (Committee)

(November 2, 2016) Report from the Chief Corporate Officer on TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-98039.pdf
Attachment A: TransformTO Short-term Strategies
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-98040.pdf
Attachment B: TransformTO Phase 1 Community Engagement Report - Part 1
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-98041.pdf
Attachment B: TransformTO Phase 1 Community Engagement Report - Part 2
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-98042.pdf
Attachment C: TransformTO Technical Backgrounder
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-98043.pdf
(November 17, 2016) Presentation from the Senior Environmental Planner, Implementation and Support, Environment and Energy on Transform TO: Climate Action for Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-98509.pdf

Background Information (City Council)

(December 12, 2016) Supplementary report from the Chief Corporate Officer on TransformTO Short-term Strategies Business Case (PE15.1b)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-99126.pdf
Attachment A: TransformTO Short-Term Strategies Business Cases
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-99127.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(November 11, 2016) E-mail from Patricia Warwick (PE.New.PE15.1.1)
(November 14, 2016) E-mail from Halyna Zalucky (PE.New.PE15.1.2)
(November 16, 2016) E-mail from Heather Marshall, Campaigns Director, Toronto Environmental Alliance TEA (PE.New.PE15.1.3)
(November 17, 2016) E-mail from Ann Russell, Co-Chair Green Neighbours 20 and Emily Greenleaf, Co-Chair, Green Neighbours 20 and Gary Pieters, President CityPlace Residents’ Association and Rory “Gus” Sinclair, Chair, Harbord Village Residents’ Association (PE.New.PE15.1.4)
(November 17, 2016) E-mail from Sharon Howarth (PE.New.PE15.1.5)
(November 17, 2016) E-mail from Dusha Sritharan, Campaigner Toronto Environmental Alliance (PE.New.PE15.1.6)
(November 17, 2016) E-mail from Lyn Adamson, Barry Mitchell, Climatefast (PE.New.PE15.1.7)
(November 17, 2016) E-mail from Karen Buck (PE.New.PE15.1.8)
(November 16, 2016) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (PE.New.PE15.1.9)

Communications (City Council)

(December 6, 2016) Letter from Hamish Wilson (CC.Main.PE15.1.10)
(December 15, 2016) E-mail from Halyna Zalucky (CC.New.PE15.1.11)
(December 15, 2016) E-mail from Chris Winter, Climate Action Canada (CC.New.PE15.1.12)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/cc/comm/communicationfile-64556.pdf
(December 15, 2016) E-mail from Sharon Howarth (CC.New.PE15.1.13)

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Mike Layton (Carried)

That City Council request the City Manager to report to the Budget Committee on the business cases outlined in the supplementary report (December 12, 2016) from the Chief Corporate Officer [PE15.1b] for consideration as part of the 2017 Budget Process.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Dec-15-2016 7:35 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PE15.1 - Layton - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 20 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bailão, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Mary Fragedakis, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson
Total members that voted No: 7 Members that voted No are Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Josh Colle, Michael Ford, Stephen Holyday, Cesar Palacio, John Tory
Total members that were Absent: 17 Members that were absent are Maria Augimeri, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Michelle Holland, Giorgio Mammoliti, Ron Moeser, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Kristyn Wong-Tam

2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Carried)

That City Council direct that a copy of Council's decision be forwarded to the Chief Resiliency Officer for consideration in his or her work plan upon hiring.


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

1a - TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto

Background Information (Committee)

(November 14, 2016) Letter from the Parks and Environment Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation on TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-98426.pdf

PE15.1 - TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy Equitable, and Prosperous Toronto

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Parks and Environment Committee recommends that:

 

1. City Council add the following to the TransformTO Short-term Strategies, set out in Attachment A to the report (November 2, 2016) from the Chief Corporate Officer:

 

a. Consider biogas energy recovery and thermal hydrolysis process enhancements for Highland Creek Treatment Plant; and

 

b. Include the greenhouse gas reduction potential realized from diverting waste from disposal as a result of the Long Term Waste Management Strategy.

 

2.  City Council approve the TransformTO Short-term Strategies, as amended by Recommendation 1 and set out in Attachment A to the report (November 2, 2016) from the Chief Corporate Officer.

 

3.  City Council direct City Divisions, Agencies and Corporations with support from the Chief Corporate Officer, to develop business cases as part of the 2018 budget process to support the implementation of the strategies outlined in the TransformTO Short-term Strategies, as amended by Recommendation 1 and set out in Attachment A to the report (November 2, 2016) from the Chief Corporate Officer.

 

4.  City Council direct the City Manager to advocate to the Provincial and Federal governments for program funding, co-delivery opportunities and related policy and regulatory supports necessary to implement the TransformTO Short-term Strategies, as amended by Recommendation 1 and  set out in Attachment A to the report (November 2, 2016) from the Chief Corporate Officer and prepare the City for success in achieving the 2050 target.

 

5.  City Council authorize the City Manager or his/her designate to negotiate and enter into all necessary agreements, including funding agreements, to support the implementation of the TransformTO Short-term Strategies, as amended by Recommendation 1 and set out in Attachment A to the report (November 2, 2016) from the Chief Corporate Officer, in forms satisfactory to the City Solicitor.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Parks and Environment Committee requested:

 

1.  The Chief Corporate Officer to report directly to City Council on December 13, 2016 with business cases for each of the actions set out in Attachment A - TransformTO Short-term Strategies to the report (November 2, 2016) from the Chief Corporate Officer. 

 

2.  The Chief Corporate Officer to submit the expected second report on TransformTO to the Parks and Environment Committee no later than May 2017 and include as part of the second report, as possible additions to the short-term strategies, an evaluation of:

 

a. A ban or restrictions on gas powered lawn and garden equipment;

 

b. By-law changes to encourage urban agriculture in new development;

 

c. Move to zero carbon district energy option;

 

d. Policies to reduce construction waste;

 

e. Feasibility of installing renewable energy on parking facilities; and

 

f. Requiring climate change warning labels at gas stations in Toronto, under the City of Toronto Act.

  

3. The Chief Corporate Officer, in consultation with the General Manager, TTC, to include as part of the expected second report to the Parks and Environment Committee on Transform TO, a review of the impact of TTC fare cost on ridership with a recommendation on how to achieve greater ridership on existing transit routes.

 

4. The Chief Corporate Officer to report to the Parks and Environment Committee by the end of the second quarter 2017 on:

 

a.  recommendations for new energy efficiency standards for new construction under Tier 1 of the Green Building Standards with the goal of net neutral buildings; and

 

b.  a strategy to expand the uptake of the Sustainable Energy Plan Financing loans and increase technical support for the Better Building Partnership.

 

The Senior Environmental Planner, Implementation and Support, Environment and Energy gave a presentation to the Parks and Environment Committee on TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto.

Origin

(November 2, 2016) Report from the Chief Corporate Officer

Summary

Initiated in 2015, TransformTO is a community-wide, cross-corporate initiative designed to engage residents, experts, stakeholders and all City Divisions, Agencies and Corporations on how Toronto can achieve a low-carbon future that meets the needs of all Torontonians. In March 2015 the Parks and Environment Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation was created to guide and support the project. TransformTO is co-managed by the Environment and Energy Division and the Toronto Atmospheric Fund.

 

Between March 2015 and July 2016 over 2000 Torontonians participated in TransformTO conversations about our low-carbon future. TransformTO is undertaking comprehensive technical analysis of strategies and actions to get Toronto to our long-term low-carbon target of reducing emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050.

  

Toronto will not meet Council's 2050 goal without significant action and investment. There is a 8.7 million tonne gap between our projected GHG emissions in 2050 and our low-carbon target. Over the next 34 years transformative changes to the City’s core urban systems - transportation, building design and operation, energy systems and waste management - will be necessary.

 

In 2007 City Council adopted the progressive Climate Change and Clean Air Action Plan, positioning Toronto as a leader and innovator in climate action. The programs and policies developed and championed here are emulated across North America and internationally.  Many of the programs and policies from the 2007 Climate Change and Clean Air Action Plan and the 2009 Sustainable Energy Strategy continue to reduce GHG emissions, however we will need to aggressively expand and enhance these while adding others over the intervening 33 years to meet the 2050 goal established by Council. To date, GHG emissions in Toronto have dropped by over 24 percent since 1990. TransformTO is the next step along Toronto's climate action path.

 

This report presents a package of short-term strategies to expand and accelerate our existing innovative programs and policies to maximize their emission reduction potential to 2020. In the short-term we need to exceed our 2020 target to put us closer to the necessary trajectory to Council's 2050 low-carbon target. This report also identifies the building blocks of our long-term low-carbon strategy as Council needs to align its decisions today with Toronto's long-term low-carbon goals.

  

Successful implementation of the proposed package of Short-term Strategies in Attachment A will lead to between 455,000 and 857,000 tonnes of additional GHG reductions by 2020, beyond the emission reductions already anticipated from Toronto's existing programs and policies (see Figure 1).

 

For further information see Figure 1 in staff report: Toronto's measured and projected GHG emissions to 2050 and impact of proposed TransformTO Short-term Strategies. 

Background Information

(November 2, 2016) Report from the Chief Corporate Officer on TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-98039.pdf
Attachment A: TransformTO Short-term Strategies
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-98040.pdf
Attachment B: TransformTO Phase 1 Community Engagement Report - Part 1
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-98041.pdf
Attachment B: TransformTO Phase 1 Community Engagement Report - Part 2
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-98042.pdf
Attachment C: TransformTO Technical Backgrounder
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-98043.pdf
(November 17, 2016) Presentation from the Senior Environmental Planner, Implementation and Support, Environment and Energy on Transform TO: Climate Action for Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-98509.pdf

Communications

(November 11, 2016) E-mail from Patricia Warwick (PE.New.PE15.1.1)
(November 14, 2016) E-mail from Halyna Zalucky (PE.New.PE15.1.2)
(November 16, 2016) E-mail from Heather Marshall, Campaigns Director, Toronto Environmental Alliance TEA (PE.New.PE15.1.3)
(November 17, 2016) E-mail from Ann Russell, Co-Chair Green Neighbours 20 and Emily Greenleaf, Co-Chair, Green Neighbours 20 and Gary Pieters, President CityPlace Residents’ Association and Rory “Gus” Sinclair, Chair, Harbord Village Residents’ Association (PE.New.PE15.1.4)
(November 17, 2016) E-mail from Sharon Howarth (PE.New.PE15.1.5)
(November 17, 2016) E-mail from Dusha Sritharan, Campaigner Toronto Environmental Alliance (PE.New.PE15.1.6)
(November 17, 2016) E-mail from Lyn Adamson, Barry Mitchell, Climatefast (PE.New.PE15.1.7)
(November 17, 2016) E-mail from Karen Buck (PE.New.PE15.1.8)
(November 16, 2016) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (PE.New.PE15.1.9)

Speakers

Dusha Sritharan, Campaigner, Toronto Environmental Alliance
Emily J. Alfred, Waste Campaigner, Toronto Environmental Alliance
Sharon Howarth, on behalf of Patricia Warkwick
Karen Buck
Matias Marin
Chris Winter, Climate Action Canada
Ann Russell, Green Neighbours 20
Hamish Wilson
Sharon Howarth
Lyn Adamson, Co-Chair, ClimateFast

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Carried)

That:

 

1.  The Chief Corporate Officer submit the expected second report on TransformTO to the Parks and Environment Committee no later than May 2017 and include as part of the second report, as possible additions to the short-term strategies, an evaluation of:

 

a. A ban or restrictions on gas powered lawn and garden equipment;

 

b. By-law changes to encourage urban agriculture in new development;

 

c. Move to zero carbon district energy option;

 

d. Policies to reduce construction waste;

 

e. Feasibility of installing renewable energy on parking facilities; and

 

f. Requiring climate change warning labels at gas stations in Toronto, under the City of Toronto Act.


2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Carried)

That:

 

1.  The Chief Corporate Officer report directly to City Council on December 13, 2016 with business cases for each of the actions set out in Attachment A - TransformTO Short-term Strategies.


3 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Mike Layton (Carried)

That:

 

1.  City Council add the following to the TransformTO Short-term Strategies, set out in Attachment A to the report:

 

a. Consider biogas energy recovery and thermal hydrolysis process enhancements for Highland Creek Treatment Plant; and

 

b. Include the greenhouse gas reduction potential realized from diverting waste from disposal as a result of the Long Term Waste Management Strategy.

 


4 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Mike Layton (Carried)

That:

 

1.  The Chief Corporate Officer, in consultation with the General Manager, TTC, include as part of the expected second report to the Parks and Environment Committee on Transform TO, a review of the impact of TTC fare cost on ridership with a recommendation on how to achieve greater ridership on existing transit routes.

 

2.  The Chief Corporate Officer report to the Parks and Environment Committee by the end of the second quarter 2017 on recommendations for new energy efficiency standards for new construction under tier 1 of the Green Building Standards with the goal of net neutral buildings.

 

3.  The Chief Corporate Officer report to the Parks and Environmental Committee by the end of the second quarter of 2017 on a strategy to expand the uptake  of the Sustainable Energy Plan Financing loans and increase technical support for the Better Building Partnership.


5 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Mike Layton (Carried)

1a - TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto

Origin

(November 14, 2016) Letter from the Parks and Environment Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

Summary

The Parks and Environment Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation on November 14, 2016 considered a report (November 2, 2016) from the Chief Corporate Officer on TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto.

 

The Parks and Environment Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation also:

 

1. Directed the Chief Corporate Officer to submit the expected second report on TransformTO to the Parks and Environment Committee no later than May 2017 and include as part of the second report, as possible additions to the short-term strategies, an evaluation of:

 

a. A ban or restrictions on gas powered lawn and garden equipment;

 

b. By-law changes to encourage urban agriculture in new development;

 

c. Move to zero carbon district energy option;

 

d. Policies to reduce construction waste;

 

e. Feasibility of installing renewable energy on parking facilities; and

 

f. Requiring climate change warning labels at gas stations in Toronto, under the City of Toronto Act.

Background Information

(November 14, 2016) Letter from the Parks and Environment Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation on TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-98426.pdf
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council