Greenbelt Growth Supporting a Successful 2015 Review
Sierra Club Canada Foundation
$65,000 (1 year)
The project continues Sierra Club’s work to grow the Greenbelt into urban river valleys and headwater areas in Peel, Durham and Niagara Regions. Sierra Club will work through its local chapters to build grassroots and municipal support for growing the Greenbelt. The organization will also mobilize its members to participate in the 2015 Review and continue to play a leadership role in the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance.
Cultivating New Opportunities for Farm Access to Public Greenbelt Lands via New Models of Land Trust Collaboration
Ontario Farmland Trust
$20,000 (1 year)
The project supports local agriculture within the Greenbelt by improving access to publicly-held farmland for new farmers. Ontario Farmland Trust (OFT) will work with land trust partners, Ontario Heritage Trust and Bruce Trail Conservancy, to conduct a pilot study in the Greenbelt researching the feasibility and financial sustainability of different models to improve access to publicly-held farmland.
Strengthen and Grow the Greenbelt During the 2015 Review
$150,000 (1 year)
Environmental Defence will continue to support and coordinate the participation of the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance (OGA) and the Municipal Leaders for the Greenbelt in the 2015 Review. These groups will build support for stronger farmland and environmental protection, respond to proposed amendments to the Greenbelt Plan, and promote smarter growth by communicating the costs of sprawl and the benefits of compact communities.
Stronger Laws, Stronger Landscape and a Stronger Legacy for the Oak Ridges Moraine and Greenbelt
$85,000 (one year)
The project continues the collaborative efforts of the Oak Ridges Moraine Partnership (EcoSpark, Earthroots, Ontario Nature and STORM) to strengthen protection of the Greenbelt and Oak Ridges Moraine. During the 2015 Review, the Partnership will work towards improving environmental protection policies in the Greenbelt and Oak Ridges Moraine Plans; extending the natural heritage and agricultural systems of the Greenbelt to a regional scale; call for hard urban boundaries and smarter urban growth; and ensure a strong Greenbelt legacy through public support, monitoring and stewardship.
Credit Valley Trail Master Plan
Credit Valley Conservation Foundation
$100,000 (2 years)
Credit Valley Conservation will work with partners, including the Credit Valley heritage Society, to develop a Master Plan for the Credit Valley Trail. When complete, the Trail will extend 90 km from the Credit River’s headwaters in Orangeville to its mouth at Lake Ontario. The Trail Master Plan will plan an optimal route, assess tourism opportunities, identify land securement priorities and points of interest, and build support for the Credit Valley Trail and the Greenbelt among the general public and municipalities along the route.
Jane's Walk, Greenbelt Series
$22,000, 1 year
Jane’s Walk is a global urban engagement project in which walking tours, led by local volunteers, allow residents to connect, share and develop ideas to enhance their communities. Tens of thousands of people participate every year. This project pilots a 'Neighbourhood Connector' training series in Burlington and surrounding areas, with the goal of engaging 20 community leaders in holding conversations and telling stories about the Greenbelt, and inspiring up to 15 walking tours during the May 2015 Jane's Walk Festival.
Grey to Green Conference
$4,000 (2 years)
Grey to Green is at the cutting edge of design and policy practice, and showcases more than 75 leading thinkers and doers across a diverse range of fields that reveal the intersection of health and living green infrastructure. This theme for 2014 was the importance of green space to health and wellbeing, a key benefit of the Greenbelt. The multi-disciplinary program is packed with project case studies, design, analytical tools, and cutting edge research from across North America, including many featured projects from the Greater Toronto Area. This funding supports the 2014 and 2015 conferences.
Sparking a Successful 2015 Review through Youth Participation
$50,000 (18 months)
The project engages youth in grades 8-12 to learn about and appreciate the Greenbelt through Ecospark's water-monitoring program. The students’ findings will be presented in public forums held in York and Durham regions. A Youth Greenbelt Charter will be launched in the fall highlighting the rights of young people to live in healthy, sustainable communities, which the Greenbelt helps to provide. The project also encourages youth and schools in environmental action by hosting a “10 for 10” contest, which will award 10 schools $1,000 each to undertake innovative environmental projects.
Alternative Avenues for Local Food Procurement in Ontario Schools
$25,000 (19 months)
Ecosource are working with hospitality programs in the Durham District School Board to increase the procurement of local and Greenbelt-grown food in schools. The project trains students and teachers in sourcing local food, encourages food literacy in school programming, and builds relationships with local farmers and other members of the food value chain in Durham.
Durham Region Federation of Agriculture
$1,000 (1 year)
An evening of celebration of Durham’s agricultural roots, the Durham Farm Connections Celebrate Agricultural Gala was a night of delicious food, entertainment, a silent & live auction, highlighted by the Agricultural Awards: Farm Family Award, Spirit of Agriculture Award, and Leadership Award. The three awards were given to focus attention on the importance of farming as a vibrant and diverse business sector that has both families and organizations actively involved in their community. The event was hosted on October 16, 2014, at The Royal Ashburn Golf Club.