The Toronto 2030 District is a collaborative, nationally recognized, but local community of high performance buildings in downtown Toronto that aims to dramatically reduce energy and water consumption and reduce emissions from transportation, while increasing competitiveness in the business environment and owners' returns on investment.

Founding Sponsors:

The Ontario Association of Architects: www.oaa.on.ca

Sustainable Buildings Canada: www.sbcanada.org

High performance buildings have proven track records of simultaneously increasing business and property profitability, reducing environmental impacts, and improving occupant health. This groundbreaking project will keep Toronto competitive and ensure a healthy and livable city in 2030.

The Toronto 2030 District is an interdisciplinary public-private-nonprofit collaborative working to create a groundbreaking high performance building district in downtown Toronto. With the Architecture 2030 Challenge providing property performance targets, the Toronto 2030 District seeks to prove that high performing buildings are the most profitable buildings in Toronto. District Members will do this by developing realistic, measurable, and innovative strategies to assist district property owners, managers, and tenants in meeting aggressive goals that keep properties and businesses competitive while operating buildings more efficiently, reducing costs, and reducing the environmental impacts of facility construction, operation, and maintenance.

These collective efforts will establish the Toronto 2030 District as an example of a financially viable, sustainability focused, multi-sector driven effort that maximizes profitability and prosperity for all involved. Through collaboration of diverse stakeholders, leveraging existing and developing new incentives and financing mechanisms, and creating and sharing joint resources, the Toronto 2030 District continues to prove the business case for healthy and high performing buildings. Property owners and managers are voluntarily committing their properties to Toronto 2030 District goals; they are not required to achieve the District goals through legislative mandates or as individuals.

Achieving the 2030 Challenge targets at a District scale will provide a working model that other cities, towns, and regions can use to reduce costs and resource use while increasing competitiveness and efficiency. While individual buildings have distinct opportunities for reductions and improvements, a District approach provides the opportunity for additional efficiencies across all categories. The Toronto 2030 District provides members a roadmap and the support they need to own, manage, and develop high performance buildings by leveraging Community and Professional Stakeholders, market resources, and by creating new tools, partnerships, and opportunities to overcome current market barriers. This type of collaborative action is not only a strategic undertaking to keep Toronto competitive in the year 2030, but also represents a major investment in Toronto's future and reflects the collaborative nature of our region.

Core District activities include:

  • Establishing aggregated energy, water, and transportation baselines for the District.

  • Working with local stakeholders to align protocols for the collection of dissemination of building performance data to empowered informed analysis and decision making on the part of building owners, conservation organizations and policy makers.

  • Working with conservation organizations and programs to align building performance targets and benchmarks to improve accessibility for building owners and managers.

  • Facilitating increased collaboration between conservation organizations, practitioners, and community stakeholders to increase the effectiveness of and participation in building performance improvement programs.

  • Promoting Toronto’s achievements in energy, water and GHG reductions within the District

  • Sharing the experiences of Toronto with other jurisdictions to support broader market transformation of the built environment.

  • The Toronto 2030 District is a joint effort of many groups working toward a common long term goal. Our focus is on improving the effectiveness of conservation through better data, collaboration and industry leadership. We invite you to join us.

The District Approach:

A geographical boundary for a given 2030 District creates a sense of identity and recognition of the community for its efficient resource practices, sound economic investments and market leadership. Participants in 2030 Districts understand that by working collectively toward the 2030 District goals they are improving not only their assets, but those of their neighbours, increasing the entire District’s value in the eyes of the community, tenants and investors.

A District approach recognizes that every property is unique and that each may contribute to the overall goals in its own unique way.

District-scale thinking and aggregated goals also allow for traction and support for larger discussions of shared infrastructure, policy, and programs that meet the needs of the building community in the heart of Canada’s largest city. 

To learn more, contact:

Jeff Ranson
Executive Director, Toronto 2030 District
toronto@2030districts.org
416-752-3535 x 2

To learn more about established 2030 Districts visit: www.2030districts.org