About STEP

 

The Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP) is a multi-agency initiative developed to support broader implementation of sustainable technologies and practices within a Canadian context.  STEP works to achieve this overarching objective by:

  • Carrying out research, monitoring and evaluation of clean water and low carbon technologies;
  • Assessing technology implementation barriers and opportunities;
  • Developing supporting tools, guidelines and policies;
  • Delivering education and training programs;
  • Advocating for effective sustainable technologies; and
  • Collaborating with academic and industry partners through our Living City Labs and other initiatives.

Technologies evaluated under STEP are not limited to physical devices or products; they may also include preventative measures, implementation protocols, alternative urban site designs, and other innovative practices that help create more sustainable and liveable communities.

As part of the Canadian Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) program, STEP also conducts third party verification and testing of sustainable technologies.

 

STEP Water

The water component of STEP is led by Toronto and Region Conservation and implemented in partnership with Credit Valley Conservation, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, and Conservation Ontario. The key focus areas are:

STEP Water funding partners include:

In addition to our program partners, STEP has worked with over 100 project specific partners in both the private and public sectors, all of whom are acknowledged on the project webpages.

The mandate and organizational structure for the water component builds upon experiences from the Stormwater Assessment Monitoring and Performance (SWAMP) program and feedback from various agency and industry representatives. The SWAMP program was focused on studies of conveyance and end-of-pipe facilities such as perforated pipe systems, ponds, constructed wetlands, flow balancing systems, detention tanks and hydrodynamic separators.  Click here to learn more about the SWAMP program.

 

STEP Energy

The energy component of STEP is led by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, and is focused on projects in the areas of:

STEP Energy funding partners include or have included:

In addition to our program partners, STEP has worked with over 100 project specific partners in both the private and public sectors, all of whom are acknowledged on the project webpages.