The Greenbelt turned 10!
This month's newsletter features:
- Details about the Greenbelt Review
- Plans for our 10-year Anniversary celebrations
- A Greenbelt Video Series
- And more...
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.
Grey to Greenbelt Tour
$3,500 (1 year)
Partnering with the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and Credit Valley Conservation, the Credit River Alliance hosted a networking event in September 2014 that explored policy issues and key areas of need in the watershed. The event included a forum on capacity building among local not-for-profits, discussion around strengthening the Greenbelt during the 2015 Review, and a train tour crossing the Greenbelt at one of the widest sections.
Streamlining Regulations: Developing an Agricultural Guide to Conservation Authority Permits in the Greenbelt
$50,000 (15 months)
Conservation Ontario will convene farmers and conservation authorities to develop a template guide on how to streamline permissions and communications between the two groups. Using the Greenbelt as a study area, the project will identify common challenges and practical solutions that can be integrated into local watershed guidelines. By enabling the reduction of red tape and working more closely with farmers, this project will help to improve the viability of agriculture in the Greenbelt while protecting the environment
Georgina Harvest Dinner
$1,500 (1 year)
The Georgina Harvest Dinner brings the community together to celebrate abundance in the Greenbelt by sharing a locally grown meals. Guests will discover what regional farmers are growing in our own backyard, while supporting local farmers and businesses. The funding goes towards sourcing and purchasing food from Greenbelt farmers. The event was held on September 20, 2014.
Forests for the Future
$40,000 (9 months)
The project supports action on the Community Conservation and Stewardship Plan for the Northern Bruce, to protect and restore the unique and rich diversity of the area's plant, fish and wildlife habitat through land and water conservation. Forests for the Future aims to restore forest connectivity in the Bruce Peninsula. A task-force will identify major sections of the local forest that have been fragmented over time and develop a strategy to restore these wildlife corridors. Local residents and politicians are engaged in restoration efforts, education activities and a community celebration of forests. The local community will highlight the importance of connectivity for maintaining healthy natural systems, during the 2015 Review of the Niagara Escarpment and Greenbelt Plans.