Upcoming Events

Nov 24 2020 Lecture /

Meeting the 2030 Challenge: One Step at a Time (Part 1)

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Online via Zoom Webinar



2030 – only 10 years away – is the target date for a number of initiatives meant to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Toronto, Ontario and the globe. Transform TO seeks to reduce Toronto’s GHG emissions by 65% by 2030, while in 2015 Ontario committed to a 37% reduction for the same date. Then there is the 2030 Challenge, calling for all new buildings to be carbon-neutral for 2030. Energy used in homes and commercial buildings accounts for nearly half of Toronto’s GHG emissions. 

So how do we set ourselves up to achieve these goals and avoid professional paralysis given the scale of the challenge ahead? Can we break this down into smaller, manageable strategies and decisions that together build towards a large impact?

Join the University of Toronto Student Chapter of the Ontario Building Envelope Council (OBEC) with the support of the Toronto Society of Architects (TSA) for a series of fast-paced and fun pecha kucha presentations (20 slides for 20 seconds each) exploring a wide range of small, manageable actions that eventually make for big changes. Each speaker will introduce a different idea, strategy and challenges — a step if you will — in our quest to reduce GHG emissions, showcasing the diversity of approaches to deal with this global issue. These presentations will be followed by a moderated panel discussion moderated and Q&A.


  • Luka Matutinovic, P.Eng., CPHC, LEED AP BD+C | Principal, Purpose Building           
  • Mark Gaglione, Civil Eng. | Construction Sciences Specialist, EllisDon
  • Alex Speigel, B.Arch., OAA (retired) | Partner, Windmill Developments

Panel discussion moderated by Dr. Ted Kesik, BASc (Ottawa), MASc, PhD (Toronto), University of Toronto

Register now!


This event is organized by the University of Toronto’s Daniels Student Chapter of the Ontario Building Envelope Council (OBEC) with support from the Toronto Society of Architects. This is the first of a two part lecture introducing diverse strategies and perspectives working towards addressing the climate crisis.

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Eligible for 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour and 1 BSS credit

OAA MEMBERS: When registering, please include your full name as registered with the OAA to ensure your certificate of participation is credited properly. Please also include an email address you check frequently to ensure you receive our certificate in a timely manner.

About the Daniels Student Chapter of the Ontario Building Envelope Council (OBEC)

The UofT Chapter of the Ontario Building Envelope Council is the student chapter of the OBEC at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto.

The Ontario Building Envelope Council (OBEC) is a non-profit organization which has been working to bridge to gaps amongst the architectural, engineering, research, manufacturers and construction communities since 1987. The OBEC addresses today’s challenges facing building performance and sustainability.