DURATION: 4 hours
TIME: 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. EST Sign in begins at 7:30 A.M.
LOCATION: Museum of Science and Technology
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world needs to make dramatic moves over the next 12 years to reduce greenhouse gas emissions yet Canada is further away from meeting its emissions reduction targets under the Paris agreement than it was a year ago. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities estimates that local governments have control over about 50 per cent of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions.
What is holding us back?
On April 18th we invite you to participate in the first of a series of Innovation Forums led by the Canada Green Building Council to tackle this very question. How can we transform our national capital into an example of carbon innovation and inspiration for the world?
We’ll start off this event with a keynote presentation from Costa Rica’s Representative to Canada, Mónica Cruz. We’ll learn how Costa Rica took a major threat and turned it into a business and branding opportunity as a world leader in our low carbon future. Join us to learn how they are leading the world and the challenges they still need to overcome.
After the keynote we’ll hear from an engaging panel of experts from the energy and building industries who will sketch out pathways towards a clean energy transition and the steps we need to take if we want to be the greenest city in Canada.
Beyond Education: How to Transform the Capital
With the City of Ottawa set to develop its new community plan, there is a short window of opportunity to set in motion the necessary policies and plans for a low-carbon future. We’ll end the day working in breakout groups, participants will develop key recommendations that will shape the CaGBC’s local advocacy priorities to transform the capital.