As the Campaign Director of Earthroots, Josh worked to protect natural features in the GTA, including the Oak Ridges Moraine and the Niagara Escarpment from being paved over by urban sprawl. Earthroots is also where Josh met his wife, Melissa.
As a St. Paul's School Trustee, Josh helped establish the eco schools program, and worked with local parents to make Hillcrest the first public school in Toronto with rooftop solar panels.
Josh has continued to support environmental initiatives at City Council, including a Council resolution for a city-wide feed in tariff incentive program for rooftop solar panels.
Over the next four years Josh will work to…
- Fully Fund TransformTO, Toronto's Climate Change Plan
TransformTO, Toronto’s new and ambitious climate action plan, identifies how we’ll reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and improve our health, grow our economy, and improve social equity. Under TransformTO, Toronto’s greenhouse gas reduction targets, based on 1990 levels, are:
- 30 per cent by 2020
- 65 per cent by 2030
- 80 per cent by 2050
Achieving these targets will require transformative changes in how we live, work, commute, and build.
What will Toronto look like in the future if we fully fund TransformTO?
- Waste generates more than 10 per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto. By 2050, 95 per cent of waste will be diverted from landfills
- Homes and buildings generate about half of the greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto today. By 2030, all new buildings will be built to produce near-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. By 2050, all existing buildings will have been retrofitted to improve energy performance by an average of 40 per cent.
- By 2050, 75 per cent of the energy we use will be renewable or low-carbon; 30 per cent of total floor space across Toronto will be connected to low-carbon heating and cooling energy.
- Vehicles generate about one-third of the greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto today. By 2050, 100 per cent of vehicles in Toronto will use low-carbon energy; 75 per cent of trips under 5 km will be walked or cycled.
Everyone will have a part to play in transforming Toronto into a low-carbon city. City Council unanimously approved a set of long-term, low-carbon goals, and, most importantly, strategies to achieve them. We must take action now.
To read the full TrasformTO report, please click here.
- Improve Waste Diversion in Multi-Residential Buildings
In 2017, a total of 395,907 tonnes of residential waste was diverted from landfill through programs such as:
- Blue Bin recycling
- Green Bin organics
- Yard waste and Christmas trees
- Backyard composting
- Community Environment Days
- Household hazardous waste
- Large appliance/scrap metal
- Electronic waste pickup.
The combined residential diversion rate of 53 per cent represents the amount of diverted tonnes achieved by both single-family homes and multi-residential buildings
This breaks down into a:
- 66 per cent diversion rate for residents living in single-family homes
- 28 per cent for residents living in multi-residential buildings
The discrepancy of in the diversion rates is due to a number of factors, in particular the lack of green bin service in many high rise buildings. This service should be provided to all tenants in Toronto-St. Paul's. As the Chair of the Tenant Issues Committee, Josh has heard from many renters that want an opportunity to do their part.