• 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.
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    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)

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    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 well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of.

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

    Confucius