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Sustainability Think Tank Opens Doors in Toronto

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TORONTO – November 30, 2017 – The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has opened its new office in Toronto.

This opening marks the fifth office for the non-governmental, non-profit research organization headquartered in Winnipeg, with international offices also located in Ottawa, New York City and Geneva.

“Toronto is a hub for innovation and collaboration,” said IISD’s Resilience Director Anne Hammill, who is also head of the new Toronto office. “Being in the city brings us closer to some of our partners in government, academia, and the private sector, and places us in a great position to act as a bridge between global and local sustainable development issues.”

The team members in the new Toronto office bring with them a range of expertise and backgrounds. From protecting the endangered eastern lowland gorilla in the DR Congo, to supporting developing country governments in adapting to the impacts of climate change and strengthening governance in the mining sector, the team hopes to use these experiences to connect Toronto’s already thriving environmental community to international peers and partners.

The Toronto office currently houses team members from two of IISD’s five programs: 1) Resilience and 2) Economic Law and Policy. Team members from IISD’s Freshwater program, as well as IISD’s Experimental Lakes Area are also expected to use the office as a hub frequently.

“We hope that being based in Toronto will be an opportunity to partner with the City of Toronto and Ontario provincial government to advance sustainable development,” continued Hammill. The Resilience team also hosts the National Adaptation Plan Global Network, which supports developing country governments’ efforts to prepare for climate change impacts.

The new office is based out of Toronto’s Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), Spadina location. “Our team is very excited to be working alongside fellow environmental innovators and change makers from the CSI community,” Hammill said.  

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About the International Institute for Sustainable Development

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an independent think tank that delivers the knowledge to act. Our mission is to promote human development and environmental sustainability. Our big-picture view allows us to address the root causes of some of the greatest challenges facing our planet today – ecological destruction, social exclusion, unfair laws and economic and social rules, a changing climate. With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa, Toronto and Beijing, our work impacts lives in nearly 100 countries.

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