A new policy paper by CBI research manager Graham Haines finds that by following through with the Proposed Growth Plan, Ontario has a huge opportunity to ensure that new residents contribute to its climate change goals.
The Ryerson City Building Institute released a new policy paper called It’s Cool to be Smart, written by CBI research manager Graham Haines. The paper examines the climate benefits of Ontario’s Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH). The Growth Plan normally brings to mind efforts to reduce land consumption, protect natural capital and agricultural space, and increase density in GGH communities. But it has the potential to do much more. “By increasing the density of our existing communities, planning for more residents near transit, and building more complete, walkable and transit-friendly communities, the Growth Plan could reduce greenhouse gasses and contribute to Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan,” says Mr. Haines.