Building a Post-Carbon World

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 9:00am to 8:00pm

Locations for the two events on poster

Register for Designing 2050 Symposium: Creating Pathways to a Sustainable Society.   Cost: General Admission $60 | Students/Unwaged: $30
Register for ROBERT HUNTER MEMORIAL LECTURE featuring Bill McKibben.  Cost: General Admission: $20 | Students/Unwaged: $10
April 3 Schedule:

8:30-9:00 a.m. Registration and Reception

9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
  • Steve Easterbrook, Director, School of the Environment; Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto
9:15 a.m. Session 1: Envisioning the Society We Want. Imagine the world we want to reach in, say, 30 years time. What's the positive vision we should be striving for?
  • Elliott Cappell, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Toronto
  • Jessica Green, Associate Professor, School of the Environment and Department of Political Science, University of Toronto
  • Phil De Luna, Program Director, Energy Materials Challenge Program at National Research Council Canada
  • Angela Mashford-Pringle, Assistant Professor & Associate Director, Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
10:30 a.m. Coffee Break

10:45 a.m. Session 2: Pathways to Post Carbon. What existing work will help put us on the pathway to that world?
  • Emmay Mah, Executive Director, Toronto Environmental Alliance; Co-Chair of the Toronto Climate Action Network
  • Karen Smith, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough
  • Linda Swanston, Program Manager, Policy and Research, City of Toronto and Project Lead, TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto.
12 noon: Lunch Break

12:30-1:45 p.m. Session 3: Ɂełexé Eghálets’eda (Learning Together): Advancing Sustainable Conservation Strategies Through Cross-Cultural Collaboration
  • Frederick Andrew, Community Researcher and Special Advisor to the Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nęGots’ę́ Nákedı (Sahtú Renewable Resources Board), Tulıt'a, Northwest Territories
  • Jean Polfus, PhD, Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellow, Trent University
2:00 p.m. Session 4: Bringing Together Multiple Sources of Knowledge. How do we bring all voices into the conversation?
  • Kevin Best, Founder, Odenaansan (Village or "the little place where my heart is); Managing Director, Rivercourt Engineering
  • Lucy Cummings, Executive Director, Faith & the Common Good
  • Christopher Gore, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University
  • Geoffrey Ozin, Canada Research Chair in Materials Chemistry; Professor, Department of Chemistry; University of Toronto
  • Andrea Most, Professor of English, American Literature, and Jewish Studies, Department of English, University of Toronto
3:15 p.m. Coffee Break

3:30 p.m. Session 5: Closing the Loop. How will we measure progress? How will we hold power accountable? How will we mobilize the resources needed? 
  • Karim Bardeesy, Distinguished Visiting Professor and Special Adviser to the President, Ryerson University
  • Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
  • Debra Wunch, Assistant Professor, School of Environment and Department of Physics, University of Toronto
4:45 p.m. Closing Remarks

6:00 p.m.: Robert Hunter Memorial Lecture: Turning Up the Heat: Physics and Politics in a Warming World
  •  Bill McKibben is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign, and the Schumann Distinguished Professor in Residence at Middlebury College in Vermont.
8:00 p.m. Event Concludes

What will the post-carbon world look like?  How will we get there?