The Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) has been working with high-rise buildings to reduce waste, increase recycling, and increase composting. Buildings have cut their waste, created stronger communities, improved their buildings, and saved money.
TEA has studied how leading buildings achieved their results and helped other buildings learn from their success. Now, TEA want to share what we’ve learned with high-rise residents and staff, to help more Toronto high-rises become zero-waste buildings.
The Zero Waste High-Rise Project was launched and consists of a new step-by-step online program that will allow residents or staff to start the process of reducing waste in their building.
Participants can move through the pathway at their own pace:
- Complete forms to assess how well your building is doing, identify opportunities to take action.
- Access resources and tips from TEA on actions you can take.
- Participate in virtual events and meetings to learn from other high-rise leaders across the city.
There are 4 stages in the Zero Waste High Rise Project pathway:
- Stage 1 – Introduction
- Stage 2 – Finding Opportunities
- Stage 3 – Planning and Taking Action
- Stage 4 – Measuring & Celebrating Change
Each stage is paired with forms and activities, success stories, resources and virtual peer-learning events to help you succeed at each stage in the process.
Who can get involved?
Anyone who lives or works in a high-rise building and wants to learn more is welcome to sign up! You’ll receive resources and invitations to online events.
In September, up to 10 condos and co-op buildings were selected to receive enhanced support, including facilitated meetings and coaching from TEA staff and our research partners.
What is the cost?
This project is no cost for users and is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario. The project also receives research support from researchers at the University of Toronto and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
Here are 2 ways to get started:
1. Sign up for the online program with your name and email address. Sign up here.
2. Register for an upcoming information session. Find a list of upcoming sessions here.
This project is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario, and receives research support from the University of Toronto, with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.