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Sustainable Prosperity takes on new name: Smart Prosperity Institute

2016/10/25

Sustainable Prosperity takes on new name: Smart Prosperity Institute

Sustainable Prosperity has changed its name to Smart Prosperity Institute, effective immediately. The Smart Prosperity Institute will continue to be Canada's leading source of research and policy insights for a stronger, cleaner economy.

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Tooling Up for Climate Change: New Findings for Adaptation Released

2016/02/09

Tooling Up for Climate Change: New Findings for Adaptation Released

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Environmental regulation compliance costs are much less than companies think

2015/11/26

Environmental regulation compliance costs are much less than companies think

Ottawa – As world leaders are about to gather in Paris to agree to new greenhouse gas emissions reduction efforts, Canada’s industry leaders shouldn’t fear compliance costs. It turns out that the costs of complying with environmental regulations is much lower than we think.

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Alberta’s world-class climate policy will drive the oil sands to cleaner production, build momentum heading into the Paris Climate Summit

2015/11/22

Alberta’s world-class climate policy will drive the oil sands to cleaner production, build momentum heading into the Paris Climate Summit

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Sustainable Prosperity’s Stewart Elgie Wins Prestigious Clean50 Sustainability Award

2015/09/22

Sustainable Prosperity’s Stewart Elgie Wins Prestigious Clean50 Sustainability Award

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Investor Interest in Canada's Green Bond Market Surged to New Heights in 2014

2015/04/29

Investor Interest in Canada's Green Bond Market Surged to New Heights in 2014

Our 2014 update on Bonds and Climate Change in Canada finds that investors embraced Canadian climate-themed bonds in a big way in 2014.

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Sustainable Prosperity Welcomes Ontario Cap-and-Trade Announcement

2015/04/13

Sustainable Prosperity Welcomes Ontario Cap-and-Trade Announcement

Policy experts available for comment on Ontario’s cap-and-trade announcement

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Investor Interest in Canada's Green Bond Market Surged to New Heights in 2014

2014/12/04

Investor Interest in Canada's Green Bond Market Surged to New Heights in 2014

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New Ecofiscal Commission trumpets next great Canadian policy shift

2014/11/04

New Ecofiscal Commission trumpets next great Canadian policy shift

Canadian governments should marry their fiscal systems with environmental protection in a historic shift that would be on par with public health care and free trade in its ramifications, said a new commission launched today in Toronto.

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International Successes Provide Guidelines for Curbing Pollution from Vehicles in Canadian City, Says New Study

2014/10/01

International Successes Provide Guidelines for Curbing Pollution from Vehicles in Canadian City, Says New Study

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Green Growth: Can Profits Help the Planet?

2014/05/28

Green Growth: Can Profits Help the Planet?

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Annual Survey of Environmental Markets by Ottawa Think Tank

2014/03/03

Annual Survey of Environmental Markets by Ottawa Think Tank

A new report puts the value of Canadian environmental markets at between $406 and 625 million.

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Environment, fisheries ministers failed to enforce Species at Risk Act, court rules

2014/02/14

Environment, fisheries ministers failed to enforce Species at Risk Act, court rules

A Federal Court judge has ruled that the environment minister and the fisheries minister both broke the law by failing to enforce the Species at Risk Act

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Price of Water Key to Conservation, Maintaining Infrastructure

2013/12/08

Price of Water Key to Conservation, Maintaining Infrastructure

New research released by think-tank Sustainable Prosperity finds decreased water use in Toronto as prices rise

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Ontario Issuance of Green Bonds Welcome Addition To Market, Says Ottawa Think Tank

2013/10/31

Ontario Issuance of Green Bonds Welcome Addition To Market, Says Ottawa Think Tank

Sustainable Prosperity welcomes Ontario’s announcement – made as part of yesterday’s Fall Economic Statement – that it will be issuing green bonds to fund environmentally-friendly infrastructure in the province

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Challenge the Myth that Suburban Sprawl is Cheaper, Says Ottawa Think Tank

2013/10/27

Challenge the Myth that Suburban Sprawl is Cheaper, Says Ottawa Think Tank

Challenge the Myth that Suburban Sprawl is Cheaper, Says Ottawa Think Tank New report exposes hidden costs; highlights innovative approaches to address sprawl

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Canada's green bond market edges towards maturity, says Ottawa think tank

2013/09/24

Canada's green bond market edges towards maturity, says Ottawa think tank

Canada’s green bonds market made a significant breakthrough in 2012 thanks to three renewable energy project bonds valued at a total of $855 million, according to a new report.

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Pricing the priceless

2012/11/19

Pricing the priceless

New report from Sustainable Prosperity is the first to put a price on Canada’s burgeoning environmental markets.

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 How BC is achieving Sustainable Prosperity

2012/10/13

How BC is achieving Sustainable Prosperity

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National Environment-Economy Research Network Launched

2012/07/04

National Environment-Economy Research Network Launched

Government Invests in Canadian Academics to Study the Next Generation of Canadian Environmental Policy

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White Paper calls for a new dialogue on what the “green economy” means for Canada

2012/06/21

White Paper calls for a new dialogue on what the “green economy” means for Canada

Canada stands to win from a global movement to a green economy, but to do so it must prioritize a massive push toward greater resource productivity, according to a White Paper by Sustainable Prosperity, a national green economy think tank.

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Expert Reports Review Opportunities for Growth of Green Bonds in Canada

2012/06/05

Expert Reports Review Opportunities for Growth of Green Bonds in Canada

Two expert reports - released today by Ottawa-based green economy think tank, Sustainable Prosperity – describe the opportunity that “green bonds” present to Canadian investors, and how governments and capital markets can help grow an emerging new asset class.

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Global Leaders Convene in Ottawa to Examine Canada’s Role and Priorities in a Global Green Economy

2012/05/01

Global Leaders Convene in Ottawa to Examine Canada’s Role and Priorities in a Global Green Economy

Sustainable Prosperity and the University of Ottawa’s Institute of the Environment are marking the 20th anniversary of the Rio Earth Summit by presenting a two-day conference, “Building on Rio + 20: Canada’s Role and Priorities in a Global Green Economy”.

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Building on Rio + 20: Canada’s Role and Priorities in a Global Green Economy

2012/05/01

Building on Rio + 20: Canada’s Role and Priorities in a Global Green Economy

Sustainable Prosperity and the University of Ottawa’s Institute of the Environment are marking the 20th anniversary of the Rio Earth Summit by presenting a two-day conference to examine the policy and economic dimensions of Canada in a global green economy.

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Money for clean technologies a good start but federal budget misses opportunity to focus on a green economy

2012/04/11

Money for clean technologies a good start but federal budget misses opportunity to focus on a green economy

Canada’s 2012 federal budget , despite some potential good news for clean technology investment, misses the opportunity to put forward a strategy that enables participation in the emerging global green economy. The budget also fails to leverage Canada’s substantial advantage in natural resources to ensure our long-term prosperity.

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Municipalities and the federal government should work together to create a green economy in Canada: New Report co-authored by Sustainable Prosperity

2012/02/08

Municipalities and the federal government should work together to create a green economy in Canada: New Report co-authored by Sustainable Prosperity

A new report co-authored by Sustainable Prosperity, an Ottawa-based think tank, makes a range of policy recommendations aimed at building a green economy at the municipal level and recommends governments work together, particularly as cities face critical funding challenges.

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Cities urged to reform development charges in order to discourage sprawl: Sustainable Prosperity report

2012/01/30

Cities urged to reform development charges in order to discourage sprawl: Sustainable Prosperity report

Provinces should also amend legislation so cities can encourage high-density living in urban centres, says new policy document.

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Carbon Tax a viable option for Alberta

2012/01/21

Carbon Tax a viable option for Alberta

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New voices weigh in on the green economy: Two reports point the way for Canada

2011/06/22

New voices weigh in on the green economy: Two reports point the way for Canada

The Canadian Environmental Grantmakers' Network and Sustainable Prosperity release two reports on the role of philanthropy in moving towards a green economy in Canada, and pinpoint what's currently preventing us from moving forward.

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Expert report says Canada’s ‘natural capital’, worth billions, is being depleted

2011/06/06

Expert report says Canada’s ‘natural capital’, worth billions, is being depleted

Sustainable Prosperity urges greater use of economic incentives to conserve nature’s wealth

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Comparative Canada / US Poll Confirms Consensus on Climate Change but Major Differences on Attitudes Toward Action

2011/02/23

Comparative Canada / US Poll Confirms Consensus on Climate Change but Major Differences on Attitudes Toward Action

A poll released today shows that Canadians believe that climate change is happening and would be willing to pay for government policies that reverse or slow the damage.

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New Report Shows Business Support for Carbon Pricing

2011/02/02

New Report Shows Business Support for Carbon Pricing

Corporations and investors want certainty around policy critical to investment decisions.

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Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area Transit Choices: Report finds much higher transportation emissions from road vs. rail

2011/01/19

Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area Transit Choices: Report finds much higher transportation emissions from road vs. rail

Two of Canada’s leading think tanks released a new report today that compares air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from road and rail transportation. The report confirms that smog in the GTHA could be reduced significantly by moving car commuters to rail, such as LRT and subway, and freight trucks to freight trains.

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Major U.N. Report: Failure to Price Nature’s Value Undermines the Economy

2010/10/24

Major U.N. Report: Failure to Price Nature’s Value Undermines the Economy

The largest-ever global study on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) is being released today in Nagoya, Japan, at the Convention on Biodiversity’s 10th Conference of the Parties.

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Research links carbon pricing and productivity

2010/06/29

Research links carbon pricing and productivity

A policy brief released today links carbon pricing to possible gains in productivity through increases in innovation. The review profiles a growing body of academic research and good evidence (from the EU in particular) to show that careful carbon pricing policy may be a tool to help Canada, in particular, prosper in the long term.

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Call for Economically Coherent Action on Climate Change

2008/10/06

Call for Economically Coherent Action on Climate Change

Open Letter | More than 230 economists teaching in Canadian universities have signed an open letter to federal political leaders calling for economically coherent action on climate change.

The Institute In The News

2016/10/26

CBC News: Stormwater warning: P.E.I. municipalities eager for ideas

2016/10/07

New York Times: Canada’s Trudeau Steps Up on Climate Change

2016/09/09

Ottawa Citizen: Think-tank touts stormwater fees to increase transparency

2016/03/01

New York Times: Does a Carbon Tax Work? Ask British Columbia

2016/02/15

Toronto Star: Why this could be an investment opportunity.

2015/12/15

Global News: Low-carbon Canada: What your life might look like in an eco-friendly environment

2015/12/14

Ottawa Citizen: Paris deal on firmer ground than Kyoto, experts say

2015/12/04

National Newswatch: Here’s how municipalities can reach their sustainability goals

2015/11/23

Ottawa Citizen: uOttawa signs Montreal Pledge to measure carbon footprint of investments

2015/11/23

Globe and Mail: Five ways to build a low-carbon, high-octane Canadian economy

2015/11/20

Ottawa Citizen: Climate clarity: What the science means, and what emissions targets mean for you

2015/10/22

Corporate Knights: Growing Ontario’s green economy

2015/09/01

Business in Vancouver: Telus Corp. taps green bond to bankroll B.C. tower

2015/06/18

The Huffington Post: The Climate Post: Pope Calls for Sweeping Changes to Address Climate Change

2015/06/06

New York Times: The Case for a Carbon Tax

2015/05/12

The Huffington Post: Nova Scotia Should Become the Second Province to Adopt a Carbon Tax

2015/04/20

Macleans: 35 ways to look at the economy on budget day

2015/04/13

Globe and Mail: Provinces can lead in building a low-carbon economy

Mark Cameron

Mark Cameron has over 15 years experience working in government, consulting, and industry, with a focus on public policy.

Daniel Gagnier

Mr. Dan Gagnier was appointed Chief of Staff to Quebec Premier Jean Charest in 2007, and stepped down from the position in September, 2009.

Andrew Heintzman

Andrew Heintzman is the President of Investeco Capital Corp, the first Canadian investment company to be exclusively focused on investing in environmental sectors.

Preston Manning

Mr. Manning served as a Member of the Canadian Parliament from 1993 to 2001.

Velma McColl

Ms. McColl served as both senior policy and communications advisors to federal Cabinet Ministers across four portfolios: Environment, Industry, Health and Fisheries & Oceans.

David Runnalls

David Runnalls was President of International Institute for Sustainable Development for 11 years.

Nancy Olewiler

Nancy Olewiler is a Professor in, and the Director of the School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University.

Mike Wilson

Executive Director

Michelle Brownlee

Director, Policy

Geoff McCarney

Director, Research

Eric Campbell

Director, Communications & Outreach

Stephanie Cairns

Director, Cities & Communities

Chantal Sabourin

Director, Administration & Financial Services

Marena Winstanley

Research Network Coordinator

Mathias Schoemer

Communications & Outreach Officer

Mac Radburn

Communications & Outreach Officer

Anthony Young

Senior Research Associate

Meg Ogden

Senior Research Associate

Mercedes Marcano

Research Associate

Deborah Ntawigirira

Senior Administrative Officer

Sara Jane O'Neill

Senior Research Associate

Scott McFatridge

Research Associate

William Scott

Research Associate

Heather Semotiuk

Policy Intern

Yves Dushimimana

Research Assistant