Today, political representatives from municipalities across the GTA gathered to discuss what they are doing to reduce carbon emissions at the 10th Annual Smog Summit held at Toronto City Hall. After an informative and inspiring keynote address by green economy expert Storm Cunningham, mayors and city councilors from Toronto, York, Halton and Peel Regions shared the steps their cities have taken to fight climate change in the GTA [Greater Toronto Area]. From article by reporter Meghan Housley  in June 3, 2009 issue of NewsFix full article


Meghan Housley

Thank you for your performance yesterday! I received very positive feedback from Discover America members regarding your tailored, thought-provoking presentation. You successfully challenged us to see how the travel industry can flourish in this economic crisis through strategic restoration and revitalization. This revelation of renewal could not have come at a better time, and will certainly help our audience to think beyond the bounds of ‘business as usual’ and to stay ahead of the curve. I’m very happy the U.S. Commercial Service recom-mended you to us.


Chris Robinson
- ChrisRobinsonTravelShow.com

Storm’s keynote was exactly what our ‘Growing Up Healthy and Green’ conference’s audience of early childhood educators wanted and needed. His talk was loaded with dramatic, solid evidence of trends leading to a better, healthier world, not to mention a wealth of wonderful slides. Teachers are desperate for good news they can offer students. Our kids are constantly bombarded with projections of a depressing economic, social, and environmental future. That’s got to be emotionally and spiritually damaging for children and adults alike. Storm’s talk offered the most effective “anti-depressant” imaginable. The fact that he constantly had us laughing put icing on a delicious “cake”.


Mary Fisher
Chair, Early Childhood Education - Seneca College, Toronto, ON, Canada

Thank you Storm: that was a great talk…a big part in the conference’s success! It was awesome that your talk incorporated our afternoon sessions. Also, [politician] was so interested in your talk that she stayed beyond the time she had allotted – she was supposed to be at another big meeting, but postponed leaving until after your talk was complete!

Alisha Chauhan
Credit Valley Conservation Authority - www.creditvalleycons.com

Thank you for your excellent presentation at the EDABC conference. All (attendees) report are that both your presentation and your workshop were great.

Dale Wheeldon
Executive Director - Economic Development Association of British Columbia

Thank you for a fantastic presentation! Time just flew by.”

Lorien Henson
Project Manager - 30 Days of Sustainability (Vancouver, BC)

Engaging, entertaining, and informative! Storm is a captivating speaker who–within the space of a single hour–can greatly increase a community’s capacity for rapid-but-sustainable growth. He provides public and private leaders with powerful tools for turning redevelopment ideas into funded, partnered projects.

[Note from Storm: I strongly urge public and private leaders all around the world to subscribe to ReNew Canada magazine. While much of its content is focused on Canada, virtually all of its articles are of great value to communities anywhere. I consider it the best restoration economy periodical on the planet.]

Todd Latham
Publisher - ReNew Canada magazine

Storm Cunningham’s presentation at the Green and Growing Summit in Buffalo, NY received an excellent rating from participants. His approach was accessible and insightful. The message of the power of restoration was well received and became a running theme through the remainder of the summit. Attendees were asked what they found most memorable and stimulating about the summit, and the most common answer was Storm’s presentation on revitalization.


Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker
VP - Program Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Dear Storm: We were so pleased that you were able to speak to the Construction Writers Association at our recent 3-day Washington DC meeting at the National Press Club. The results of our evaluations are in, and you were our highest rated speaker.


Sheila Wertz
Executive Director - Construction Writers Association

Storm is a truly inspiring lecturer. His talk was wonderfully composed and he speaks so seamlessly.


Matthew Macioge
Graduate Student (Architecture) - The University of Texas at Austin

In spotting and documenting the broad, global socio-economic trend that is restoring our built and natural environments, Storm Cunningham has accomplished something all futurists strive to do: he has developed a deep understanding of a significant trend that affects everyone today, and will likely affect them to a even greater extent in the decades to come. In his book, articles, and lectures, he shows how much good has already been accomplished by countless restoration, remediation, and redevelopment projects, and he shows what we can do to ensure a cleaner, brighter future.


Ken Harris
Secretary & Board Member, World Future Society and - Chairman of The Consilience Group

Storm: You did a terrific job at the Governor’s Restoration Forum , and we are all grateful for your fine work.” 

Storm: Thank you so much for all that you did for our Brownfields Workshop. The success of the Workshop was due in large part to your efforts. You put our local issues–and our specialized brownfields focus–into a larger, very valuable context that only you could have provided.”


We received such great comments on your plenary presentation (which showed) participants what it will take to move toward economic prosperity.

I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your lecture and the work you are doing. I found myself saying yes, yes, YES! as you layered one dimension of revitalization on another. It is very encouraging to see how you have brought the different disciplines together under one central theme.


Thanks very much for your exciting, inspiring keynote at EnviroExpo in Boston’s World Trade Center. This was our 14th annual conference, and the attendees were thrilled to learn of such huge and important new trends. The use of powerful images and appropriate humor underscored your vital message beautifully. ,


Bob Higgins
Conference Director - EnviroExpo Conference Director

Your keynote address at our Land Development Conference in Baltimore was a perfect blend of offering revealing new national and global trends in the area of revitalization, excellent examples of recent redevelopment and restoration projects, and putting our entire conference within an interesting and crucial new context


Michael Scheibach
Ph.D., Managing Director - Conferences & Expositions (ZweigWhite)

Our regional group of business, political, & economic development leaders loved Storm’s presentation. His blend of historical perspective, current trends, & fascinating examples from around the globe opened our minds to tremendous growth opportunities sitting right under our noses. Storm’s enthusiasm for his topic, combined with his energetic & interactive style, makes him a great speaker for almost any audience. His presentation has already made a difference here in Charleston.


As expected, you delivered a dynamite presentation to our Water Resources Team. Your insights and understanding of the remediation and restorative market sectors helped focus our team efforts as we begin our business planning preparations. Your talk helped clarify the issues surrounding restorative development and gave many of our team new language tools with which to engage our clients. All of us came away with a clearer perception of how Weston’s core competencies can contribute to–and profit from these important economic development trends. I look forward to working with you for many years to come.”


Joe R. Miller
Colonel, US Army Corps of Engineers(Retired), Sr. Client Service Manager - Weston Solutions, Inc.

Storm’s visionary perspective was very refreshing and enlightening to our audience of industry executives, who work primarily in pollution control and site cleanups. Environmental engineering–and many other industries–can benefit greatly from the restoration economy, as portrayed so engagingly by Storm.




Storm Cunningham
Executive Director
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