Building an ecosystem around energy conservation requires collaboration between a multitude of players and stakeholders, both in Ontario and globally. Like any large-scale systems change, re-imagining data’s role in the energy industry is a collaborative, iterative process that requires rapid trial and error, continuous feedback, and the ability to adapt to changing requirements and context.

The Green Button is an example of how MaRS has been using a systems-change framework to think about energy conservation, and specifically using data as an intervention to create that kind of change.

Inspired by similar work being done in the United States, Ontario’s Green Button was conceived just over two years ago as part of an exercise to identify barriers for innovation in the energy sector. The original hypothesis was a simple one: standardized and secure access to smart meter data would leverage the province’s global-leading investment in the smart grid and would open up the sector to innovative solutions for energy conservation. Read more

Periodic Table of Systems Change - Policy Stream


Caroline Bordeaux

Caroline was a project and partnership coordinator at MaRS Data Catalyst. She is a sustainability and energy conservation advocate with working experience both in France and in Canada. More…

Sameer Vasta

Sameer Vasta works on public policy, government relations, public affairs, and communications for MaRS Data Catalyst. He’s also a flâneur, letter-writer, hopeless romantic and hugger extraordinaire. See more…