Glossary of Terms

Aquatic Habitat Toronto (AHT)

AHT is a consensus-based partnership between agencies with a vested interest in the improvement of aquatic habitat on Toronto's waterfront. AHT uses an integrated resource planning approach to achieve a cumulative net gain in aquatic habitat and helps direct and design suitable aquatic habitat in appropriate locations where there are potential project-related impacts.

Carbon Tool

The Waterfront Toronto Carbon Tool is a spreadsheet assessment tool based on Arup's proprietary Integrated Resource Management technology that allows its users to measure sustainability performance in key areas such as land use, energy, water, waste, transportation, and materials. The Carbon Tool enables the user to understand the relationship between development decisions and sustainability and to explore ways of improving performance and reducing carbon emissions. It is designed to make sustainability considerations central in the decision-making process for neighbourhood development.

Construction and Real Estate Sector Supplement (CRESS)

The Construction and Real Estate Sector Supplement provides a tailored version of G4, including commentaries and performance indicators developed especially for construction and real estate, capturing the issues that matter most to the sector.

Environmental Management Plan (EMP)

The Environmental Management Plan identifies processes and procedures to mitigate environmental effects that could result from project-related activities on the waterfront and specifies the minimum environmental standards to which all Waterfront Toronto consultants and contractors are expected to adhere. 

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a non-profit organization that has developed one of the most widely used sustainability reporting frameworks. The framework is created through a multi-stakeholder consensus-based approach, ensuring that the needs of all sectors are considered. The framework provides direction on how to measure and report on environmental, social, economic, and governance performance.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

LEED is a green building rating system established by the US Green Building Council for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, homes and neighbourhoods. The rating system provide building owners and operators a framework for identifying and implementing green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions.

LEED for New Construction (LEED NC)

LEED for New Construction is the most commonly used rating system within the family of LEED programs. It addresses design and construction activities for both new buildings and major renovations of existing buildings. It also applies to retail, mid- and high-rise multi-unit residential buildings, public assembly buildings, manufacturing plants, and other types of buildings.

LEED for Neighbourhood Development (LEED ND)

LEED for Neighbourhood Development is a rating system within the family of LEED programs. It was established by the US Green Building Council in 2007, as a pilot, in a joint venture with the Congress for the New Urbanism and the Natural Resources Defense Council. LEED ND takes green development beyond the threshold of energy-efficient buildings and requires a more integrated and comprehensive strategy that focuses on a neighbourhood-wide perspective. As a result issues such as development density and proximity, walkable streets, affordability, community involvement, and diverse local uses are addressed.

Waterfront Toronto participated in the LEED ND pilot program in order to test its strategies for sustainability by the third party rating system. It has achieved Stage 1 Gold certification for the plans for East Bayfront, West Don Lands, and North Keating communities.

Minimum Green Building Requirements (MGBR)

Waterfront Toronto's Minimum Green Building Requirements (MGBR) are performance standards that apply to all building projects controlled by Waterfront Toronto.  The MGBR support advanced, high performance buildings, including requirements for energy efficiency and LEED Gold certification.

Parks and Open Space Guideline

The Parks and Open Spaces Guideline provide best practices for the creation of parks and open spaces along Toronto's waterfront. It is intended to stimulate the imagination and encourage further research into innovative technologies and approaches that could be applied to the planning, design, and construction of waterfront public spaces.

Performance Measure

A performance measure is the description of criteria used to determined progress towards particular organizational objectives.

Sustainability Framework

Waterfront Toronto's Sustainability Framework provides the overarching corporate policy on sustainability and presents a roadmap to guide the transformation of the waterfront into sustainable communities. It also lays the foundation for integrating sustainability principles into all facets of decision-making and project delivery. This is accomplished by translating general commitments and broad concepts into a clear vision and concrete goals. The Sustainability Framework is organized into a series of five outcomes that reflect the desired characteristics of waterfront communities and 11 interrelated themes that each has a set of objectives, strategies, actions and targets.