What’s the future of sustainable buildings?

The growth of urban cores in eco-conscious cities like Toronto has led to some exciting innovations in sustainable building design. Whether it’s wooden high-rises that sequester carbon, passive designs to reduce energy use, or any number of digital tools that make buildings more energy-efficient, buildings are playing a critical role in protecting the planet. This talk will spotlight several trends in sustainable buildings demonstrating that meeting climate and energy goals doesn’t have to come at the cost of great urban design.

In our fourth public talk, author and community organizer Jane Farrow will moderate a conversation with three sustainable building experts who are challenging cities to incorporate principles for sustainable building design.

The speakers will explore questions such as:

  • What new materials and/or construction techniques could reduce household and commercial energy use? 

  • What building and energy code changes could drive the development of more environmentally-friendly buildings?

  • What role can data play in making buildings more energy-efficient?

Please reserve your free ticket. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Seating is limited and unclaimed seats may be made available to a rush line shortly before the event begins.

Accessibility: 307 Lake Shore Boulevard East is wheelchair accessible, including step-free mobility throughout the main floor, and select accessible washrooms.

Accommodations: ASL will be available for presentation sections of the program. If you have questions regarding accessibility or need to request other reasonable accommodations and alternative formats, please reach out to our team at events@sidewalktoronto.ca or call 1-844-550-2625 as soon as possible.

For more information, check out our accessibility guide.


  • Luigi Ferrara, Dean – George Brown College (Centre for Arts, Design & IT); Director – George Brown College (Institute Without Boundaries)
  • Ilana Judah, MsC Student – The University of British Columbia (Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability); Vice President, Board of Directors — New York Passive House
  • Bill Maclay, Founder & Principal – Maclay Architects; Author – The New Net Zero