• February 26, 2018 / 

    Douglas Worts

    Greetings! You’ve arrived at the website of Douglas Worts. Within this site, you will find a range of resources and discussions related to my career in museums, as well as my interests in culture, creativity, culture and sustainability.  There is also a link to material on my ancestors who were early industrialists in Toronto – during the early/middle 19th century. In addition there is a section on geothermal heating/cooling related to a project called “Green Laurier”.  This project was an exploration into the retrofitting of a Toronto heritage neighbourhood with geothermal heating/cooling.
    My Most Recent Blog Post

    “Green Laurier” – Exploring the Potential of Geothermal Heating Cooling as a Retrofit Strategy in Heritage Neighbourhoods

    Laurier Ave., in Cabbagetown, downtown  Toronto – site of ‘Green Laurier’ – a geothermal project

    In the mid 2000s, I became interested in a community-based project geared to both preserve and transform heritage neighbourhoods – transformations that could have far-reaching impacts, some of which include:

    • building cultural cohesion through crafting a joint vision of the future;
    • negotiating the emergent values needed to guide forward-thinking actions;
    • preserving heritage structures that help us all appreciate how we are part of a cultural continuum; and
    • addressing one of the most ‘wicked problems’ we face – climate change.

    This is the story of one such initiative, called “Green Laurier”.
    (click here to continue reading the post)

    About me

    Culture and Sustainability– culture’s foundational role in our unsustainable society and its potential to foster a sustainable, flourishing world.

    Selected English Publications (quelque titres en français)

    Museology– the potential of museums to be as culturally relevant as possible

    WorldViews Consulting – my consulting company

    Museums in the Winds of Change – A blog on how museums are adapting

    Environmental Translation Project – A resource linking environment to focuses, like culture, food, cities, and more

    Working Group on Museums & Sustainable Communities – A unique group of Canadian museum professionals

    The Whiskey Connection– my connection to 19th century distilling in Toronto

    Green Laurier – a project exploring the use of geothermal heating/cooling systems on a downtown Toronto street

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    Contact Douglas Worts:

    dcworts  ( at ) (don’t use this bit)  douglasworts  (dot)    ca


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    In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.”