altDear Greater Toronto Chapter member,
 
Its been a very busy winter so far for the Greater Toronto Chapter. Between the January Chapter meeting, the recent Municipal Leaders Forum and the Board of Directors election taking place right now, we're setting the stage for an exciting 2009. Please read below for upcoming events, workshops and news.
 
Carrot City Launch - You're invited!
Tuesday, March 3rd at 6:00 pm
 
Chapter members are invited to join our industry colleagues and friends at the Design Exchange for the exhibit opening of Carrot City: Designing for Urban Agriculture.
 
Carrot City: Designing for Urban Agriculture exhibit will show how a change in the design of cities and buildings is enabling the production of food in the city. As society addresses changes for a more sustainable way of living, the increasing need to grow food in our urban environment is becoming more and more apparent. Case studies and project examples from Toronto and other cities in Canada and Europe will illustrate the range of possibilities and the important role design professionals play in changing our approach to developing spaces for food production. 
 
Date:              Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Time:              6:00 pm
Location:        Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street, Downtown Toronto
 
For more information check out the Event Listings on our Web site at
 
 
January Chapter Meeting Follow-up
Hosted by UK Trade & Investment and the British Consulate
 
For the purpose of knowledge exchange, innovation and sharing experiences from both sides of the Atlantic, the January Chapter meeting included six fabulous presentations by UK green building specialists. 
 
“The UK has some of the strongest construction services companies operating internationally with a reputation in the industry which is second to none. This is demonstrated by the UK's reputation in green and sustainable buildings, whether it is sustainable design and engineering to innovative construction technologies. UKTI were proud to host six UK mission members, all experts in their field.”
 
A profile for each presenter and the six presentations can be downloaded at http://www.uktradeinvestcanada.org/whats_new.html, TORONTO - Green & Intelligent Buildings, click here link for event follow up note.
 
 
2009 Board Elections
 
The Greater Toronto Chapter (GTC) of the Canada Green Building Council is holding an election for positions on our Board of Directors. The process has already begun!
 
For more information go to /news-events/in-the-news.
 
Emerging Green Builder Event
   
Are you an Emerging Green Builder? We have EGB events throughout 2009 just for you!
 
The Emerging Green Builder Kick-off in January at the U of T School of Architecture was a great success. Richard Williams, Vice President, Practice Leader – Architecture of Sustainable Design Group at HOK Canada gave a thought provoking presentation on what our long range goals should be for going “Green” and 10 Reasons for businesses to take the sustainable path. Special thanks to Richard for his participation in our first EGB event of the year!
 
The next EGB event will be held this Thursday, February 26th at 6pm at the University of Toronto MacLellan Physics building, Room MP 102. The speaker for this event is Professor Kim Pressnail. Dr. Pressnail will be speaking on the impact of building envelope on energy use.
 
Watch the Chapter Event Listings on our website at /news-events/event-listing for upcoming EGB events. 
 
Municipal Leaders Forum on GreenBuilding
 
Representatives from over thirty Ontario municipalities attended the Municipal Leaders Forum on Green Building held at Black Creek Pinoneer Village on February 4th. The forum presented the challenges facing key stakeholders in “building green” at the municipal level. Our four keynote speakers represented perspectives from municipal planning and building departments, developers and builders.   
 
Presentations by Leo Grellette, Director of the Building Standards Department, City of Vaughan; Michael Pozzebon, Project Manager, Metrus Development | Sustainable Communities; Val Shuttleworth Director of Planning and Urban Design, Town of Markham; and John Godden, President of Clearsphere can found in the Municipal Forum section on our website at /cagbc-toronto/initiatives/municipal-forum
 
We would like to thank the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Greening Greater Toronto, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation for their support and contributions to this event.
 
2009 TSA Green Poster Design Competition
 
4th Annual Competition to Celebrate and Raise Awareness of Green Design
 
The Toronto Society of Architects in association with the Canada Green Building Council –Greater Toronto Chapter (CaGBC-GTC) and the Design Industry Advisory Committee (DIAC) invite submissions for its 2009 Poster Design Competition. The purpose of the competition is to produce an image that draws attention to the value of green design, and that illustrates how design can enhance economic, social, and ecological sustainability. Cash prizes will be awarded to the three top winners.
 
For more information and competition details check out the Event Listings on our website at /news-events/event-listing or the TSA website or by writing to poster@torontosocietyofarchitects.ca.
 
Upcoming LEED Training and Workshops
 
The CaGBC training and workshop schedule for 2009 is now posted on the CaGBC website at www.cagbc.org/workshops/calendar. Below are few of the Ontario workshops coming up:
 
LEED for Commercial Interiors - Toronto - February 26, 2009 Space is still left!
St. Andrews Club & Conference Centre: 150 King St. West
 
LEED for New Construction - Windsor - Postponed to April
St.Clair Centre for the Arts: 201 Riverside dr, West
 
LEED for New Construction - March 3, 2009
Kitchener - Holiday Inn: 30 Fairway Rd. South - Registration now open
 
LEED Canada for Homes NEW! - March 17, 2009
Vaughan: Direct Energy Training Centre: 301 Chrislea Rd. - Registration now open
 
LEED for New Construction - March 26, 2009 
Sault St. Marie: Location To Be Confirmed - Registration now open
 
LEED for New Construction - March 31, 2009
Toronto: St. Andrews Club & Conference Centre: 150 King St. West
 
LEED for Construction - April 7, 2009
London: Register with London District Construction Association: www.ldca.on.ca Registration now open
 
LEED for New Construction - April 8, 2009
Ottawa: Location To Be Confirmed - Registration now open
 
LEED for Construction April 16, 2009
Toronto: Register with Toronto Construction Association: www.tcaconnect.com Registration now open
 
LEED for Product Manufacturers - April 23, 3009
Toronto : Designer's Walk: 168 Bedford Road Registration now open
 
For more information on LEED workshops, visit the CaGBC website.
 
CaGBC National Summit
 
The Canada Green Building Council national summit – EVERY BUILDING CAN BE GREEN is being held on June 9-11, 2009 in Montreal. Join us at the premier industry event for green building in Canada.
 
For more information on CaGBC National Summit, visit the Summit Web site: http://www.everybuildingcanbegreen.ca/
 
Get more involved in the Greater Toronto Chapter
 
Volunteering is a great way to get more involved with the Greater Toronto Chapter and network with others that share a passion for building green. We are always looking for volunteers to help on Chapter Committees, at our various events or with CaGBC workshops. 
 
If you are interested in receiving notification for various volunteer opportunities, please become a part of our volunteer roster by emailing your details to info@gta.cagbc.org with "Volunteer" in the subject line.
 
Chapter Sponsorship 2009
 
Is your company looking for a way to get more involved in the green building sector? Do you want to help the Greater Toronto Chapter advance the green building agenda? A range of sponsorship opportunities exist for organizations to become more involved in the vital work of the Chapter.
 
For more information download our Sponsorship kit in the Sponsorship section at /cagbc-toronto/get-involved/sponsorship or contact us at info@gta.cagbc.org.
 
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For more info and the most up to date news and events, visit our Web site at www.greenbuildingontario.ca
 
- The CaGBC Greater Toronto Chapter Team