Building Networks to Shake Up Systems


Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA)

For over 30 years, TEA has campaigned locally to find solutions to Toronto’s urban environmental problems. As a not-forprofit organization, it advocates on behalf of all Torontonians for a green, healthy and equitable city. It acts as an environmental watchdog at City Hall, and work with residents and communities across the city, encouraging the participation of local people on local issues.

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Facts (270 × 60 px)

Toronto is projected to experience 66 days with temperatures above 30°C, every year and as early as 2040, due to our changing climate.

Source: Preparing for Extreme Weather, City of Toronto

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In 2022, TEA began working with Community Resilience to Extreme Weather (CREW) on a project in St. James Town focused on strengthening local capacity to prepare for, and respond to, heatwaves in high-rise buildings. TEA and CREW are working with local volunteers, who bring the lived experiences of being racialized, newcomers and tenants with low incomes, to develop heatwave protocols for their buildings.


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Top Right: TEA’s Zero Waste High Rise Project

Bottom Left: Peer learning on how to reduce building waste


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