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Climate Action

Our climate is changing and so must our design.
February 27, 2020
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Climate change is among the most pressing and challenging problems of our time. Yet most of us appear disinterested and strangely unmoved by the reality of the dire consequences that we ultimately face.

As changes in our climate inevitably come to visit us, we need to start paying closer attention to exactly what’s happening, beginning right on our doorstep, at the local level. That means taking a harder, closer look at what’s happening in our homes and in our communities. Climate change is real and we need to do something about it now, to start coming up with solutions to these growing challenges.

Advances in design often happen when things are good, when our economy and social environment are nurturing and healthy. Designers as a general rule don’t usually focus on ideas like sustainability and the environment in their creative process and approach. And for those of us who do, we don’t go after solutions in these areas nearly as creatively or forcefully as we should. This really must change. We need a new design paradigm. We need to start rethinking our approach because our current assumptions around economic and social systems simply no longer apply.

We are at a crossroads where important choices need to be made. As designers, we’re obliged to revisit the way we design products, create services and approach built environments, making zero emissions a priority. The alternative is the status quo and its consequences.

Join us for “Design for Climate Action” in collaboration with Pivot Design Group, and Sidewalk Labs on Nov 7th, 2019, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Let’s discuss at DesignMeets where we’ll hear from people rethinking the way we think and design for climate change.

Event Format


Tickets will be available for purchase in January. This includes access to the event, networking, and light refreshments with an open bar.


Hélène St. Jacques
Founder, Informa Market Research

Hélène is an expert consumer and market researcher with a history that spans many categories within the sustainability and resilience front including the renewal of local and healthy food systems, solid waste diversion and food waste reduction, water conservation, energy conservation and renewable energy.

Her experience includes working on local, national and international fronts with large and small size public and private sector organizations. This wide scope of work is continually being enriched by volunteer activities that include FoodShare Toronto (former) and Toronto Food Policy Council (past chair).

Hélène’s work on solid waste started with the introduction of the Blue Box in Ontario. From that point onwards she has helped municipalities around the province and across the country to marry householder behaviour with diversion services. In addition to classic recyclables, this included household organics, leaf and yard waste, household hazardous waste, E-waste and unwanted textiles/apparel.

Hélène has a unique, wide ranging perspective on strengthening the local food system from ‘field to table’ and stemming the massive loss of edible food. She also has chaired the Food Waste Reduction Working Group of the Municipal Waste Association and spoken to many groups about reducing food waste. Hélène is also a member of the City of Toronto’s Solid Waste Department’s Circular Economy Working Group representing the National Association of Charitable Textile Recyclers. She has a B.A. (University of Waterloo) and an M. Ed. (University of Toronto).