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EJ4Climate Project

Community-led Climate Solutions for Vertical Communities

Organization: The Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA)

The organization works to build a greener city for all, and is recognized Canada-wide for its municipal work on climate change, waste and initiatives to advance environmental justice.

Location: St James Town, Toronto, Ontario
Country: Canada
Other Organizations Involved: Community Resilience to Extreme Weather (CREW)


©Community Resilience to Extreme Weather (CREW)


Toronto is increasingly experiencing climate-related extreme weather events such as heat waves, flooding, and ice storms, which disproportionately impact vulnerable and marginalized residents.

Over half of Toronto households live in multi-residential buildings, including significant populations of tower residents who are racialized, newcomers, low-income, seniors, and people with disabilities. The physical structure of tower buildings, and tenant-landlord relationships, can mean that residents have limited control over their indoor environment (e.g. cooling during a heat wave) and can face life threatening accessibility barriers (e.g. getting to a place of safety during a power outage).

TEA’s and CREW’s past work has demonstrated that tower buildings can become places of community, where teams of residents work together to develop customized solutions for their buildings. Towers can become vibrant “vertical communities”.


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