Sustainability Solutions Group (SSG)

Sustainability Solutions Group (SSG) is the Pathway to Paris technical partner for the 1000 Cities Initiative for Carbon Freedom. 

SSG has modeled and made land-use, building, energy, and transportation recommendations for dozens of municipalities, including Toronto’s low-carbon future. TransformTO has achieved international recognition for its rigor and its ambitious low-carbon future planning. SSG’s climate plans engage residents, stakeholders, experts, and all city operations in identifying ways to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). The process involves the development of future scenarios, spatial modeling, analysis of co-benefits and co-harms for the scenarios as well as community input.

Sustainability Solutions Group (SSG) developed CityInSight, a state of the art city-scale energy, emission, and finance model to support cities is developing leading climate action plans. The tool enables cities to explore energy and emissions scenarios for policy, finance and infrastructure. It is built with integrated spatially-explicit land-use and transportation components, and stocks-and-flows accounting. The model enables bottom-up accounting for energy supply and demand, including energy sources (e.g.: renewables, coal, oil, gas), energy consuming stocks (e.g.: vehicles, appliances, dwellings), and all intermediate energy flows.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP):

UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. UNDP helps countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities, and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

In September 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. UNDP is working to strengthen new frameworks for development, disaster risk reduction and climate change. 

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.

In collaboration with the UNDP, Pathway to Paris has organized and presented concerts to coincide with major climate events. In 2016, Pathway to Paris’ event launched Climate Week NYC, and in 2017, their event at New York City’s Carnegie Hall helped to launch COP 24. Pathway to Paris’ event in September 2018 served to cap off the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. In addition to presenting events, they also have worked together on solution based initiatives. In 2017, at the UN Secretariat, Pathway to Paris officially announced the 1000 Cities Initiative for Carbon Freedom during a press conference which included May Boeve of

Little Sun:

The Little Sun Foundation is a non-profit organisation founded by Olafur Eliasson, an artist who is actively working against climate change.

Pathway to Paris has been collaborating with Little Sun Foundation since 2017 when they partnered together with Olafur Eliasson to share an experiential ‘Little Sun Sunrise,’ an exercise meant to create a feeling of unity and collective consciousness, highlighting the urgent need for a transition to renewable energy. During their events, the entire audience is led through a choreography using the Little Sun solar lanterns, creating an interactive and collective artwork. The result is a visually powerful solar-powered ‘sunrise,’ which raises awareness for climate action and energy equality. Following the events, the solar lamps are donated to a place in the world which has either been affected by a climate disaster or is in an area with little access to city resources and energy.  After the 2017 event at Carnegie Hall, the lamps were donated to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, and following the Masonic San Francisco event during the Global Climate Action Summit in September 2018, the lamps were sent to rural areas of Nepal. Following the 2019 event at the Museum of Natural History, the lamps were donated to the museum’s education programming department for workshops and events focused on educating children about the power of solar energy and other renewable energy sources.

Olafur & Little Sun Shine Bright at Pathway to Paris

Carnegie Hall
November 2017

From San Francisco to Nepal

September 2018

Pathway to Paris has been collaborating with and its founder Bill McKibben since it’s first event in 2014 in New York City, where Bill spoke following the People’s Climate March on September 21, the largest climate march in history. Since then they have co-presented events around the world including two historic nights of music and talks in December 2015 during the UN Climate Conference/Cop21 in Paris, and a night of music and letter writing in 2017 at New York City’s Carnegie Hall to launch Cop24. is an international environmental organization addressing the climate crisis, to end the use of fossil fuels and transition to renewable energy by building a global, grassroots movement.

The 350 in the name stands for 350 ppm (parts per million) of carbon dioxide, which has been identified as the safe upper limit to avoid a climate tipping point. As of 2019, the current level has reached 415 ppm.

Through online campaigns, grassroots organizing, mass public actions, and collaboration with an extensive network of partner groups and organizations, has mobilized thousands of volunteer organizers in over 188 countries.