Drawdown Buildings and Cities Summit: Building our response to global warmi...

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Join Unify Toronto for the fourth of seven Drawdown sector summits. Learn about building and city sector solutions to global warming that are already in place and in action in Toronto. Discover how you can help build humanity's response to global warming by accelerating what is already working. By donation.

Project Drawdown has identified, researched and modeled the 100 most substantive, existing solutions to address climate change, grouped into seven sectors. Put together, they reveal a path forward that can roll back global warming by 2050.

Dense urban human settlement – the cities of the world and the buildings and infrastructure that comprise them – account for a significant percentage of human energy use, mostly for heating and cooling. This makes them a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. Rapid urbanization has led to inefficient design of buildings and infrastructure.

For buildings, the ten Drawdown solutions identified include building automation, green roofs, heat pumps, insulation, LED lighting (both commercial and household), net zero buildings, retrofitting, smart glass, smart thermostats, and solar hot water. For cities, solutions modeled include: district heating, landfill methane, and water distribution.

In this informative and collaborative evening:

  • Learn more about the buildings and cities sector solutions identified and modelled by Project Drawdown

  • Hear from experts who are making change with buildings and cities sector solutions at the individual, corporate and government level:

  • Build a long and local vision for buildings and cities sector solutions in Toronto

  • Offer what you can give and/or request what you need, to help move forward buildings and cities-related solutions in Toronto and reverse our greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Speakers at the Buildings and Cities Summit

1. Lloyd Alter

- Adjunct Professor, Ryerson University

- Design Editor and Contributor

2. Jenny McMinn

- Managing Director - Urban Equation, Sustainability Consultant

3. Mary Pickering

- Mary Pickering, VP, Programs & Partnerships - The Atmospheric fund

4. Jeff Ranson

- Regional director (Greater Toronto area) - Canada Green Building Council

5. Larry Brydon

- Board Director - Building and LandScape Development Association (BILD)

- Vice President business Development and Regulatory Affairs - Cricket Energy Inc

- Board Director and Past Chair - Sustainable Buildings Canada

6. Suzanne Wiltshire

- Business Development Representative - Commercial VRF & ERV Technologies

7. Phil Fung

- Managing Principal, SRS Consulting Engineers

- Professor, Sustainable Buildings Design and Energy Modeling - Humber College

8. Donald Peckover

- Architectural Designer - SUSTAINABLE.TO

Everyone welcome!

This is the fourth of seven sector summits:

April 25 - Food Sector Summit
May 16 - Transport Sector Summit
July 25 - Energy Sector Summit
August 29 - Building and Cities Sector Summit
October 24 - Women and Girls Sector Summit
November 28 - Land Use Sector Summit
January 30 - Materials Sector Summit
For reports on previous summits, go to

More about Project Drawdown and Unify Toronto’s Drawdown program:

Project Drawdown, founded by author and environmentalist, Paul Hawken, is a scientifically based, comprehensive plan to implement the top 100 solutions to reverse global warming by 2050. Reversing climate change is not only possible, but feasible and eminently practical. The New York Times bestselling book sets out the solutions, the math and the economics of how we can actually do this in an inspirational and accessible way.

Unify Toronto's 13-month program aims to generate enough activity to make Toronto a hub of Drawdown activity in North America. It includes a series of introductions to Drawdown, seven sector summits, and a 4-session course, that will put vital information about how we can reverse global warming in your hands, connect you with other change makers, and galvanize your action with a new sense of optimism and agency.

Access details of Unify Toronto’s full Drawdown program at

Find out more about Drawdown at

Learn about the Pachamama Alliance, creators of the Drawdown introduction and course, at

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