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Our Favourite Environmental Resources and Organizations in Ontario

Nov 16, 2016


Want to keep on top of all things environmental? Interested in learning more about investing for impact? Here’s a list of some of recommended resources:

Environmental Registry Alerts

Sign up for this easy-to-use web tool to get email alerts when the Ontario government is proposing to or about to make decisions that affect the environment. Choose which alerts you get to your inbox by choosing keywords like “solar” or “renewable energy”. Stay in the loop and share your voice.

 

The Responsible Investment Association

This industry group is for investors who care about the planet and its people. Their website provides a wealth of up-to-date information on the trends and the state of ethical investment in Canada and the world. Their Canadian Impact Investment Trends Report is an informative read for ethical investors and social entrepreneurs. 

 

The Independent Electricity System Operator

The Independent Electricity System Operator’s website is brimming with information about how Ontario’s centralized power system works. Find info on everything from the cost of our electricity to incentive programs to how power distribution works.

 

Ontario Energy Report

Here you’ll discover more about Ontario’s electrical supply mix (how much of our energy comes from nuclear, gas, hydro, biofuel, wind, and solar). Find quarterly reports on Ontario’s electricity, oil, and gas industries, which include easy-to-read maps of Ontario’s oil and gas pipelines, and electrical generation and distribution systems.

 

100% Renewable Energy Ontario

This initiative provides a platform for individuals and organizations who want Ontario to switch to 100% renewable energy. Sign up and join the ranks of Ontarians who care about our province: the David Suzuki Foundation, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, and the Canadian Environmental Law Association.


Our Horizon 

Our Horizon is an Ontario-based charity lobbying world governments to legislate cigarette-style warning labels on gas pumps. These labels will disrupt the habitual and unmeditative—yet destructive—act of filling up the tank. Pitch in as little as $1 a month and you’ll help change the world.

  

Fossil Free

The eloquent mission statement of this organization who campaigns for divestment from fossil fuels is:

“If it is wrong to wreck the climate, then it is wrong to profit from that wreckage. We believe that educational and religious institutions, governments, and other organizations that serve the public good should cut their ties to the fossil fuel industry.

“Fossil fuels companies cultivate sponsorship relationships to help create a ‘social license to operate’. This contributes to the veneer of legitimacy that enables them to keep expanding operations at a time of climate crisis and to stifle the demands for justice of those communities who live on the frontline of their destructive, polluting operations”.

See their website to learn more about divestment and what you can do. Also, take a peek at our blog post on divestment. Once you’ve divested, considering reinvesting in renewable energy organizations like SolarShare!

The Atmospheric Fund (TAF)

The Atmospheric Fund is reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the Greater Toronto Area. They run exciting projects like retrofitting community housing buildings to make them more energy efficient and livable. TAF provides grants and financing, and their blog is always an informative read.

 

Environmental Defence

Environmental Defence, fighting for our planet on the legal front, is your go-to for down-to-earth environmental legal news. What’s going on in the courts with bottled water in Ontario? And carbon pricing? They also release pointed and concise reports evaluating a wide array of environmental topics from BPAs to (our personal favourite) why “renewable energy accounts for a relatively small part of residential electricity bills”. Stay informed and join in the action.

 

The Ontario Co-op Association

Co-ops have an organizational, legal, and social structure that enables them to do green business (SolarShare works because we’re a co-op!). The Ontario Co-op Association is the industry hub for organizations like SolarShare. This is your resource for learning about co-ops, finding co-ops, or starting a co-op.

 

Green Energy Doors Open

You’d be surprised at how many impressive green buildings and how much green infrastructure there is in Ontario since it’s often hidden behind closed doors. But for three consecutive days every September, these doors open to the public.

 

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Why care about protecting the environment? One reason is to benefit from the physical and psychological benefits of being in nature. The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority has a sharp website to help GTA residents find their nearest nature conservation area.

 

ClimateFast

Supporters of climate fast go on a food or carbon fast once a month. Fasting is a way to focus your attention and efforts on fighting climate change. You can also join all the Canadian citizens, politicians, and organizations who have taken the ClimateFast Pledge to

  • End all subsidies to coal, oil, and gas companies
  • Put a price on carbon
  • Develop a renewable energy plan for Canada.

Climate fast hosts the annual Toronto Climate Film Festival. Join SolarShare for a free/PWYC film followed by a speaker panel on November 27th, 6:30 PM, at 60 Lowther Ave.

 

Toronto Environmental Alliance

Toronto Environmental Alliance advocates for a greener Toronto. They focus on keeping toxic chemicals out of the city, improving public transit, enhancing air quality, and other critical issues. Sign up for their newsletter, volunteer, or donate to make Toronto a more livable and sustainable city.

 

The Ontario Clean Air Alliance

“The Ontario Clean Air Alliance is a coalition of over 90 organizations that represent more than six million Ontarians. They led the successful campaign to phase-out Ontario’s five dirty coal-fired power plants. They are now working to move Ontario towards a 100% renewable electricity future through an integrated combination of energy conservation and efficiency, water power imports from Quebec and cost-effective Made-in-Ontario green energy”. You can read their fact sheets and reports here, and get involved here.

 

Friends of The Greenbelt Foundation

The Greenbelt is crucial for providing fresh food to Ontarians and reducing urban sprawl, which leads to low-density housing—an enormous source of greenhouse gas emissions. Visit the Friends of the Greenbelt website to find news on what’s happening, to view excellent reports on this land and its impact, and to fun things to do in this beautiful part of the province!