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UTSC home to the inaugural Eastern GTA Eco Summit


by Don Campbell

An upcoming summit at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) will focus on important environmental issues facing the Eastern GTA in order to help develop an environmental agenda for the region.

The Eastern GTA ECO Summit is open to environmental groups, residents, businesses, media and students in the region with an aim to harness passion for the environment already present and to move forward towards a more sustainable future.

“There is a diversity of opinions about what the most pressing issues are and how to address them,” says Tim Lang, summit organizer and manager of the UTSC Sustainability Office. “So the Eco Summit is about creating a local dialogue on environmental issues and building a path forward.”

The idea to host a summit came out of a Livegreen Toronto session last year when the prospect of holding environmental summits throughout Toronto was raised, says Lang. While this summit is a collaborative effort with Evergreen, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and Livegreen Toronto, it highlights UTSC’s growing reputation as a leading centre for education in the field of environmental science and an intellectual hub for the Eastern GTA.

A keynote address by urban geography professor and award-winning urban researcher André Sorensen titled Building the Resilient City-Region will kick off the event, followed by a series of breakout sessions on pressing environmental issues in the region.  The topics that will be covered during the breakout sessions include Transportation, Parks & Conservation, Sustainable Food, and Climate Action. 

Participants are also invited to browse an Eco Fair that will accompany the summit from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., but more importantly are encouraged to share their ideas during the breakout sessions.

“UTSC is hosting this event to develop its role as a hub for community dialogue and action. We hope attendees will recognize that their ideas can help shape a local environmental agenda; it can be something developed by them, not foisted upon them,” says Lang.

The Eastern GTA Eco Summit takes place March 3, 2012, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the UTSC Instructional Centre. To register for the event please visit, http://ecosummit2012.eventbrite.ca/

For more information about the summit including registration, contact Tim Lang, manager of the Sustainability Office at 416-208-2668 or email tlang@utsc.utoronto.ca

 

 

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