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Pocket Change in the Media

There has been some media interest in our work over the years. Here are some of the stories that have been published about the Pocket Change Project.


  • February 26, 2023, CBC Radio One (National, "What on Earth?" program and podcast). Pocket Retrofit Coach Paul Dowsett and Pocket Changemaker Raj speak about the challenges homeowners face when considering a green home retrofit, and the solution that our community's retrofit coordination service offers. Hear it here - starts at the 36:40 mark.
  • January 18, 2023, CBC Radio One (Toronto, "Metro Morning" program). Architect Paul Dowsett retrofitted his house to be net zero emissions and then got his neighbours involved too. Now it's a climate action-focused neighbourhood in the city's east end. They're teaching others how to do the same. Hear it here.
  • January 17, 2023, CBC.ca (national, Top Stories). Agents of Change: A small neighbourhood in Toronto has built a program to help residents reduce their household emissions. Could their grassroots approach become a template for the rest of the country? Read it here.
  • January 17, 2023, CBC Radio One ("The World at Six" national news broadcast). Profile of Pocket Change, the Changemakers program, and the need for home retrofits featuring Paul Dowsett. Hear it here.


  • January 12, 2023, CBC-TV ("The National" newscast). Why a neighbourhood group is retrofitting single family homes in Toronto. Watch it here.


  • October 23, 2022, CBC Radio-Canada (national radio). Program: Desautels le dimanche. 10-minute radio story featuring a number of Pocket Change members and ChangeMakers speaking about the need for community-based home retrofit services and the Pocket Change service in this regard. Hear it here (interviews are a mix of French-language and English)
  • October 18, 2022, CBC Radio-Canada (Toronto TV, radio, and online). Des bénévoles accélèrent les rénovations écoénergétiques à Toronto (“Volunteers accelerate energy-efficient retrofits in Toronto”). Nancy Tremblay speaks about the Pocket Change Retrofit Coordination Service in this series about “a big idea that could change Toronto.” See French-language video interview and read story here.
  • September 5, 2022, CBC Radio-Canada (Toronto radio). Un quartier torontois lance un project ecologique communautaire ("Toronto neighbourhood launches community environmental project"). Program: Y a pas deux matins pareils, 8-minute morning-drive interview featuring Pocket resident Nancy Tremblay. To hear this French-language interview, play the segment at 8:41am on this page.
  • August 29, 2022, The Toronto Star (front page-print and online). Pocket Change: How one Toronto neighbourhood is coming together to fight climate change faster for less money. Read it here.
  • September 16, 2009, NOW Magazine, Welcome to Canada's Greenest Neighbourhood. The Pocket in Leslieville has a lofty goal: to make the neighbourhood the first net-zero emissions community in Toronto – and to show the rest of the country how to do it. Read it here.