Trottier Energy Futures Project
The Trottier Foundation partnered with the David Suzuki Foundation and the Canadian Academy of Engineering to explore ways, through modeling and comprehensive engineering analysis, by which Canada can achieve deep emission reductions (80% reduction in GHGs by 2050, relative to 1990 levels). The outcome raised important discussions on the pathways to a low-carbon, sustainable energy system. The TEFP report was cited by Environment and Climate Change Canada in its report at COP 22 in Marrakech.
Our partnership with Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission allowed for the creation of a new organization that seeks to broaden the discussion on carbon pricing. The Ecofiscal Commission was formed by expert policy-minded economists with diverse perspectives on practical environmental policy. The partnership led to carbon pricing becoming part of the public discussion and entering into practical policy application.
Trottier Energy Institute (University Montreal) and Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (McGill University)
The Trottier Foundation supports the education of scientists, engineers and students in sustainability. We partnered with McGill University and University of Montreal to establish two institutes that would promote interdisciplinary research and training in various energy and sustainability issues. The outcome has led to including sustainability education in the engineering curriculum at McGill as well as to promoting innovative research, publications, training, conferences, incubating new projects and advancing public policy.
Too few philanthropic dollars are spent addressing climate change and yet if left unaddressed, climate change will compromise all of the efforts made in health, education, social services, arts and culture. Our Foundation is involved in collaborative grantmaking through the Canadian Clean Economy Fund and the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network. Projects include: energy efficiency, transportation, climate communications, cities, and more.