In July 2015, in the lead-up to the Climate Summit of the Americas, the Clean Economy Alliance brought together businesses, industry associations, labour unions, agricultural groups, health advocates, environmental organizations, First Nations, academics and policymakers to discuss and provide input into Ontario’s climate change strategy. Held at Evergreen Brickworks, the Ontario Climate Change Lab was a daylong workshop that developed recommendations for complementary policies that could move Ontario toward a low-carbon, clean economy.
The Ontario Climate Change Lab featured facilitated panel discussions with subject-matter experts in each of the economic sectors responsible for greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario: electricity generation, transportation and land use, and emissions from buildings and industry. The workshops also looked at a number of cross-cutting themes that needed to be addressed in order for the climate strategy to be successful: fostering clean tech and innovation, the role of cities and municipalities, building capacity for climate action, and the health impacts of climate change.
Each panelist delivered short presentations that offered three recommendations for Ontario’s climate strategy. Following a moderated discussion and audience participation, workshop participants voted for the one recommendation they thought most important for inclusion in the strategy. The Clean Economy Alliance’s report includes the recommendations as well as illustrations from graphic facilitators who recorded the workshops visually.
Check out the pictures from the Ontario Climate Change Lab below.