TD Economics Expands Canadian City Canopy Study: Identifies Additional Value of 51 Billion


Last spring TD Economics released a paper called “Urban Forests: The Value of Trees in the City of Toronto.” Interest in the paper has been huge, with many requests for the bank’s economic think tank to examine other urban forests in Canada. The result is a further paper: “The Value of Urban Forests in Cities across Canada,” which looks at the economic value of the environmental benefits of forests in and around Halifax, Montreal and Vancouver.

Let me share a few highlights from the report:

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Six emerging sustainability reporting practices in Canada: TELUS comes out on top

ungc-logoBy Megan Wallingford and Anastasia Ostapchuk of GCNC

After a launch of the Global Compact Network Canada’s inaugural Reporting Peer Review Program this summer, a second cohort of Canadian companies successfully completed the program this October. The seven participating companies (Agrium, Bell, Goldcorp, Loop Initiatives (reviewer only), Stantec, Suncor, & Telus) have named Canadian telecom provider, TELUS, the winner of the Global Compact Peer Review Distinction: Best Report in Group.

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A month later, what did we learn from climate week?

Last month I was in New York City for Climate Week 2014 and Ban Ki-moon’s Climate Summit before heading to Montreal for the U.N. Principles for Responsible Investment. It was a fantastic week with lots of progress, promises and positive action from governments, cities, businesses, investors and citizens on climate issues and responsible business practices.

We must keep up the momentum. I am very optimistic and here’s why.


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Top 10 Greenest Countries in the World. What happened to Canada?

[Editors Note: It’s interesting to see the statistic that shows people perceptions vs. actual performance – it would appear that Canada is still benefiting from its past performance BUT for how long. Congratulations to beautiful Vancouver for being ranked as the 4th greenest city.]

How green is your native land? The 4th edition of the Global Green Economy Index, produced by private U.S.-based consultancy Dual Citizen LLC, has just been released, and you can look it up. The index provides an in-depth look at how 60 countries and 70 cities are doing in developing more environmentally friendly economies, in actual performance and in how experts perceive their performance.

In the world’s greenest city, Copenhagen commuting on bicycle is routine. Photo credit: Shutterstock

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5 ways boards of directors can support sustainability

board-meetingWhile corporate responsibility has risen as a strategic priority for many companies, boards have not been driving this change. The UN Global Compact LEAD board program conducts extensive surveys and interviews with board members, which have revealed some significant key areas where board members often are not aligned. Those key areas are what sustainability means, what value it brings to the company, whether it adds to (or subtracts from) profit and innovation, what the risks and opportunities of sustainability are and who the most important stakeholders are for the company’s success or failure.

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