The Initiative

The Green Will Initiative is a City program that seeks to accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from buildings in Toronto. Buildings are the largest source of emissions in Toronto today, generating more than half of all local emissions.

In October 2019, City Council declared a climate emergency and adopted a stronger emissions reduction target for Toronto: net-zero by 2050 or sooner. In light of the Climate Emergency Declaration, Mayor Tory announced The Green Will Initiative which reflects the City’s commitment to accelerate greenhouse gas emissions reductions in the building sector. Later in October, the Mayor announced the Initiative on the international stage at the C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark.

To date, eleven of Toronto's major building portfolio owners have volunteered to form the first cohort. Together, they account for approximately 4,500 buildings and over 300 million square feet of building space in Toronto.

How it Works

Through The Green Will Initiative, building owners will be supported in their efforts to reduce their building’s greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero. Recognizing that the path to net-zero will be unique for each portfolio and building, City staff will support building owners in achieving targets and creating a plan to accelerate emissions reductions.

Why Participate

Participation in The Green Will Initiative will demonstrate leadership and your commitment to reducing emissions and creating a healthier, more prosperous and resilient Toronto.

As a participant, you will benefit from collaboration and shared learning, receive support in creating a plan to achieve your targets, and be recognized for your results.

Leading by example:
What is the City doing?

Toronto's ambitious climate action strategy TransformTO calls on the city to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050 or sooner.

Existing buildings in Toronto account for approximately 52 percent of the city's overall greenhouse gas emissions. Mitigating the worst effects of climate change will require the commitment and participation of all building owners working towards achieving the City’s TransformTO goals.

In keeping with its commitment to lead by example, the City’s TransformTO climate action strategy also includes goals to reduce emissions from City operations.

Examples include:

Net-Zero

First Net-Zero City-owned building
evolves from vision to reality

Mount Dennis Childcare Centre

100 Solar

100 Solar PV installations on
City-owned properties

Generate 12 Megawatts of Electricity yearly

Back-up power battery

Mount Dennis Back-up power battery installed by Metrolinx

Eliminates need for natural gas generator

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