2018 Ontario Climate Symposium

OCC 2018 symposium graphic


This year’s Symposium, Adaptive Urban Habitats by Design, will be held at OCAD University  and aims to generate important discussions surrounding the role that art and design can play in developing adaptive, low carbon cities. By exploring how ecology meets tactical urbanism, the Symposium will showcase real-life examples of how technology, policy, green infrastructure and strategic design can come together to transform cities.


audience members and speaker at Ontario Climate Symposium



About the Ontario Climate Symposium

The Ontario Climate Symposium is a signature event for the Ontario Climate Consortium.

With the aim of facilitating discussion across researchers, policy makers and practitioners, the Symposium assesses the state of knowledge related to climate change in Ontario, and helps to identify research gaps and opportunities through collaboration at the intersection of research and practice.

We are in a critical time to take action and collectively combine our efforts to tackle the climate crisis. By bringing together key stakeholders and partners working on low carbon and climate resilient solutions in Ontario, the OCC endeavors to highlight pathways to address the challenges of climate change while simultaneously providing a platform to share ideas for solutions to the climate crisis.




Thank You to Our Supporters


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The 2018 Ontario Climate Symposium:
A Low-Impact Event

participants at 2017 Ontario Climate Symposium

In planning the 2018 Ontario Climate Symposium, we are taking into consideration the environmental as well as social and economic impact the event may have, and are making every effort to minimize our carbon footprint by reducing the resources used and waste produced.

With this mission in mind, we have taken the following steps:

  • COMMUNICATIONS: We have tried to save paper in the simplest way possible: by not using it. We have done our best to replace print materials with electronic versions. This year’s name tag has been designed to be multi-functional, with the inclusion of the program. All of our communication with stakeholders, volunteers and participants has been conducted in such a way as to minimize the carbon footprint.
  • CATERING: We have ensured that the meals provided for both Symposium days are 100% vegetarian and locally sourced where possible, to reduce transportation-related emissions and support the local economy. All meals will be served using reusable flatware and silverware. We encourage you to bring your reusable cups to enjoy our fair trade coffee and water. For more information about our low-carbon food, please check out our caterers:

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How You Can Help:

  • Print the program and other documents only if absolutely necessary.
  • Bring your own coffee mug or water bottle and make use of our refill stations.
  • Walk, bike, or make use of public transportation to get to the event.
  • Reduce your food waste during the event.
  • Offset your carbon footprint for the Symposium by making a donation to an organization that promotes sustainability and conservation, such as the Toronto and Region Conservation Foundation.