The Living City Campus: sustainability for liveable cities

By: Craig Stephens (York Sustainable Enterprise Consultants)

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s The Living City Campus at Kortright

Do you want to see the latest renewable energy technology up close and personal? Well, lucky for you the Living City at the Kortright Centre in Vaughan, Ontario, has state of the art systems and is open to the public.

Operated by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), The Living City Campus is a place where people can gather to learn, research, demonstrate and become inspired by technologies and practices that help build sustainable city regions. The Living City Campus is Canada’s largest environmental and renewable energy education and demonstration centre, welcoming approximately 80,000 visitors per year.

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The campus is situated on 325 hectares of woodland, nestled among protected forests, fields, rivers and wetlands, which support a rich diversity of wildlife, bringing nature into the urban sustainability equation.

More than just theoretical concepts are discovered at The Living City Campus, real-world demonstrations of sustainable solutions are experienced. Experts, students and casual observers can witness, and often contribute to solutions in action.

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“At TRCA we see everyday how climate change affects every aspect of our daily lives – from the food we eat to the homes we live in. To assist with the reduction of greenhouse gas pollution and help us move to a prosperous low-carbon economy, TRCA challenges the organization and its partners to create a “Living City”. The vision is to transform the GTA into one of the most sustainable, liveable city regions in the world, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature’s beauty and diversity”- TRCA. The Living City Campus is a place that challenges the norm and facilitates study and research contributing the TRCA’s goals.

Join TRCA and Green Energy Doors Open for a fun filled day of tours, talks and toys! Learn about sustainable living on a self-guided tour of the Archetype Sustainable House or join a guided walk along the Innovation Trail to learn about renewable energy and to tour the newly renovated off grid cottage. Want to learn more about how energy is used in your home and ways you can help reduce your electrical bills? Join the expert staff for a 45-minute energy literacy discussion. Participants will also have the opportunity to chat with electric vehicles owners who will be on hand with their cars helping to educate consumers about the newest, greenest ride. Even the kids can ‘test drive’ toy solar cars and bake cookies in the solar oven!

Visit The Living City Campus on the Sunday of Green Energy Doors Open September 11, 10 a.m-3 p.m


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