Toronto Community Housing set out to become an environmental leader in North America and approached Public Interest and the Toronto Environmental Alliance for assistance developing a framework and action plan. This user-friendly green plan included the latest research in environmental housing programs to help the largest social housing provider in Canada in reducing its environmental impact and creating healthier communities.
Public Interest engaged more than 250 tenants in eleven languages—including parallel consultations with seniors, adults, and youth—in order to obtain a broad cross-section of opinion. Based on feedback gathered from focus groups and a tenant reference group, Public Interest assessed the motivation for and barriers to the proposed environmental measures to be undertaken by Toronto Community Housing and its tenants. The information we gathered helped to ensure that the environmental solutions developed met the differing needs of tenants in these diverse communities.