Sustainable Cities

In partnership with the School of Cities Student Academy, the Sustainable Cities working group aims to educate, inspire and promote action to help lead us closer towards a more resilient, greener City of Toronto. 

Sustainable Cities working group logoSustainable Cities is divided into four main groups. The first group is working to repurpose old green roof modules to grow crops as an example of urban agriculture. The second group is working to upcycle second hand clothing and reduce the waste created by fast fashion in cities. The third group wants to highlight the importance of sustainable buildings to reaching climate targets. Finally, a last group is looking at the changes in air pollutant levels in various locations of the City of Toronto. 

The Sustainable Cities working group is excited to reveal their first mini-exhibit at the symposium on June 21

  • Urban Agriculture
  • "Fast Fashion"
  • Sustainable Buildings
  • Air Pollutants in the City of Toronto
sustainable cities working group
Green rooftop project
Green rooftop project
Sustainable Cities Activity
Sustainable Cities Exhibit
Sustainable Cities Exhibit
Sustainable Cities Presentation

 

Air Pollutants in the City of Toronto video coming soon!

air pollution video screenshot


Sustainable Cities Group Members

 

Working Group Members

Allison Bennett

Allison Bennett

(Graduate Representative) – Master's of Engineering in Cities and Engineering Management

Allison is a graduate student in the Civil and Mineral Engineering Department. She is presently working towards her Masters in Cities and Engineering Management, after spending the last few years personally invested in bringing mass transit to our growing City; through her work as a Geostructural Engineer and Project Manager on the Eglinton Light Rail Transit Project. She is currently researching ways in which we can better understand the materials that currently exist in Toronto's 400,000+ building stock, with hopes that we can proactively design for improved material re-use at the end of each buildings' life.

Laura Minet

Laura Minet

(Graduate Representative) – PhD in Civil Engineering

Laura is a PhD Candidate in Transportation and Environmental Engineering. Passionate by the issues related to the environment, Laura is particularly excited by the topic of air quality and especially the potential adverse health effects of exposure to air pollution, and is currently investigating the impacts of trucks and electric vehicles on the air quality of Toronto. Laura was recently featured in “Something in the Air”, an episode from the documentary series “The Nature of Things” tackling the issue of urban air pollution and health.

Hai Lin Wang

Hai Lin (Helen) Wang

Bachelor in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Conservation Biology

Helen is a fresh graduate from U of T, having just completed her Hon. Bachelor of Science this month in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation. She currently interns at Nature Conservancy of Canada. As what we wear is such a big part of our daily lives, she believes that by changing our perception of "old clothes", we can become much more eco-friendly as a city.

Menilek Beyene

Menilek Beyene

Master's in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Menilek is a MSc of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Through his unique lived experience as a person of colour residing in Scarborough, he possesses an invested interest in improving our urban environment and reconnecting diverse groups with nature. His research involves understanding how the human built environment effects the health and survival of urban forests. His aim is to improve our communities through the development of evidence-based environmental planning and management through the utilization of methodical research practices.

Julie Wang

Julie Wang

Master's in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Having lived in both Taipei and Toronto, Julie’s diverse background sparks new insights towards urban research and education. She is a MSc student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Fascinated by smart green infrastructures, she seeks to improve the ecosystem services provided by green roofs. She brings her unique ecological perspective to urban planning by allowing native species to invade their natural habitat that have undergone anthropogenic changes.

Christopher Gurz

Christopher Gurz

Bachelor in Civil Engineering

Chris is a fourth-year Civil Engineering student with a passion for sustainability. He is currently working on PEY at the City of Toronto's Pedestrian Projects Unit. His daily work involves making design changes to Toronto's roads to reduce pedestrian injuries and fatalities. Chris was born and raised in Toronto, and cares deeply about the future of this city. His main academic interests are sustainable urban infrastructure, equitable transportation systems, and livable cities.

Alexandra Ntoukas

Alexandra Ntoukas

Master's in Landscape Architecture

Alexandra is a second-year Master of Landscape Architecture student at Daniel’s Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. She holds an Honors Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, with a doublemajor in Psychology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. In her graduate studies, Alexandra is focused on how critical understandings of ecology can contribute to more sustainable and livable cities.

Maria Rita Gonzaga

Maria Rita Gonzaga

Master's in Languages and Literacies

Maria is currently a master's student on Education. Besides loving to teach languages, she is also passionate about sustainability and is working towards a zerowaste lifestyle. Her objective is to spread the awareness about sustainability through the use of social media. Her ultimate goal is to teach her future students the importance of protecting the environment and how to live the urban life through ecological means.