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Support healthy and sustainable cities

The School of Cities is creating solutions for more efficient and equitable cities in an increasingly urbanized world.

An aerial view of downtown Toronto on a sunny day, showing the CN Tower, Rogers Centre, the harbour and the Toronto islands.

More than half of the world’s population now lives in cities. As they continue to grow, these vibrant centres of human activity are facing complex global challenges such as income polarization, a lack of affordable housing, aging infrastructure, and declining sustainability — problems which have become even more pressing because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the growing impacts of climate change.

From climate change to systemic racism, cities today are facing complicated and urgent issues. The School of Cities brings everyone to the table to create high-impact solutions through meaningful community collaboration and new research that bridges disciplinary divides.

Karen Chapple, Director, School of Cities

Challenges of this scale demand new ways of thinking and collaborating. As a global hub for multidisciplinary urban research, education, and outreach, the University of Toronto’s School of Cities is meeting this need. The school bridges traditional divides, bringing U of T’s numerous urban experts together with industry leaders, policy-makers, community organizations, and the general public to discover and implement ideas that can empower cities to work more effectively—and more equitably.

Our future prosperity depends on the success of urban centres—and with your support, the School of Cities can help ensure they become more sustainable and inclusive places where people can thrive in a rapidly changing world.

To learn more about how you can support expert scholars leading collaborative research that will help cities thrive, please contact the Institutional Strategic Initiatives Advancement.