November 01, 2010 - 2017

Solutions for a Low-Carbon Economy

Carbon Talks was a partnership with Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue, in collaboration with the Beedie School of Business, the School for Public Policy, and the School for International Studies. It provided a platform to discuss, define, and manage the transition to a low-carbon economy. The initiative was run by our Executive Director Shauna Sylvester, a skilled facilitator, social entrepreneur, and commentator on international issues.

Carbon Talks looked for opportunities where carbon shifts were possible, convening invitational and public dialogues on issues ranging from greening the built environment to the role of transportation in a low-carbon economy. These opportunities might be identified by a business, an industrial association or a government department, but all focus on issues where all the pieces might not yet be in place for concerted action. Carbon Talks brought together government, civil society, the private sector, academia and individual thought leaders in order to foster greater understanding, identify innovative solutions and strategies and build connections and networks.

The transition to a low-carbon economy is inevitable. If Canada is to remain globally competitive, we must accelerate the shift from a carbon intensive economy to an economy that is more diversified and recognizes the costs of natural capital. Carbon Talks created spaces for dialogue – not debate – spaces that stimulate participants to think creatively, consider alternatives and develop solutions that are practical, viable, cost-effective and sustainable.

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