TSA Technical Series | Toronto’s Biodiversity Strategy
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Online via Zoom
Biodiversity refers to the variety of life on Earth. It includes all living things and the ways in which they interact with each other at an ecosystem, species and genetic level. Biodiversity is key to a healthy, natural environment and is fundamental to supporting the livability and resilience of the city. How we weave the interconnection between urban and ecological life is one of the key challenges for the 21st century, and built environment professionals play an important role shaping this relationship.
In Toronto, a place of particularly rich biodiversity and where urban development has often ignored the ecological setting around it, the City has set a strategy to protect and support the biodiversity of this place.
Join us for this one hour presentation as Jane Weninger, Senior Planner with Toronto City Planning, introduces us to the City of Toronto’s framework towards an ecological city. Jane will walk us through some of the City’s existing policy documents, including Toronto Biodiversity Strategy and the Toronto Ravine Strategy, and the role biodiversity and ecology play in the Toronto Green Standard, the city’s sustainable design and performance requirements. Key actions that are relevant to architects and other built environment professionals and how they contribute to a more ecological and resilient city will be highlighted.
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About the Speaker
Jane Weninger is a Senior Planner with Toronto City Planning. She works at the intersection of urban planning and the natural environment by providing strategic input into major urban greenspace policies and initiatives including the Toronto Biodiversity Strategy, the Toronto Ravine Strategy and amendments to the Official Plan. Jane represented the City in the establishment of Canada’s first National Urban Park and led the identification and designation of environmentally significant areas across the city. Jane collaborated with a visual artist to produce An Enduring Wilderness a book and photography exhibition about the significance of Toronto’s natural parklands. Jane holds a MSC from the University of Toronto and a BA from the University of British Columbia. Jane believes that natural landscapes and biodiversity are fundamental to the quality of urban life. In her spare time, she sits on the Board of Directors of a not for profit public art gallery in Toronto and teaches snowboarding.
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This technical lecture is part of the Building, Ecology, Science and Technology (B.E.S.T.) Series, a collaboration of the Toronto Society of Architects and the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design bringing affordable, timely and relevant knowledge, skills and tools to the profession as we work together to address the climate crisis.