Mayor John Tory, Elected 2014

Case Studies

Green roofs and cool roofs – known collectively as 'eco-roofs' – help make Toronto more resilient and better adapted to climate change. Eco-roofs reduce urban heat and its associated energy use. Green roofs also help manage storm water runoff, enhance biodiversity, improve air quality, and beautify the city. In 2009, Toronto established the Green Roof Bylaw and Eco-Roof Incentive Program to transform the roofscape of the city.

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Toronto's Eco-Roof Incentive Program

January 16, 2015 Toronto

The City of Toronto launched the Eco-Roof Incentive Program in 2009 to support the uptake of eco-roofs by building owners, make buildings more sustainable and promote the creation of green jobs. The Program provides grant funding for building owners to install new roofing materials – green roofs with living plants and cool roofs that reflect solar heat – that provide environmental benefits and build resilience.

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The Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF) is making the impossible possible by funding sustainable projects that often cannot be financed through traditional sources. Its successes include Canada’s first municipal combined heat, power, and cooling system (trigeneration); its largest solar power plant; an energy efficiency financing program that targets new condominium construction; and a pilot test of outdoor LED white lighting. Since its inception TAF has reduced CO2 emissions by 500,000 tons and created a funding model that is a world leader.

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