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.
TRCA and CVC Adventure Experience Tourism Promotion
$50,000 (1 year)
The project markets the Greenbelt as an adventure tourism destination by promoting Conservation Areas found within it. By partnering with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Credit Valley Conservation and Central Counties Tourism, the project will highlight outdoor activities such as treetop trekking, cycling and fishing via contests, social media and The Toronto Star to an estimated 670,000 households in the Greater Toronto Area.
2015: Conversations on Past and Future
$24,100 (1 year)
Private landowners control more than 90% of the Greenbelt and Oak Ridges Moraine. This project will engage 50 to 100 property owners on the Moraine through community mapping and informal discussions. This will improve understanding about the ecological importance of their lands, how land use planning has affected them, and encourage input into the 2015 Review of the Greenbelt and Oak Ridges Moraine Plans.
"Good Development" Project
$198,000 (2 years)
The Pembina Institute will build on their previous work on 'location-efficient' development to advocate for improvements in the Growth Plan as part of the 2015 Review. They will conduct research into incentives and policies to support affordable, compact growth in the Greater Toronto Area, with an emphasis on suburban areas; and collaborate with progressive developers to build public and government support for such policies as part of the 2015 Review of the Growth Plan. The Institute will also provide input into the review of the Big Move plan to ensure that transit development supports the goals of the Greenbelt and Growth Plans. This work will reduce multiple pressures on the Greenbelt and ensure that agricultural and natural land remains protected for future generations.