Re-visioning of parks with Green Infrastructure:

Green Infrastructure incorporates natural systems and functions within the built environment, it is gaining momentum as an efficient and cost-effective tool for mitigating the negative impacts development has on water management, natural heritage and agricultural systems in our communities and the Greenbelt.

Installing Green Infrastructure in our parks can have the following benefits:

  • Public lands and parks are vital community assets that provide many important services, but additional features can enhance their functionality
  • Natural and engineered features in parks, including trees, constructed wetlands and renaturalized areas, increase wildlife habitat and opportunities for outdoor activity and education
  • Parks can also increase connectivity between other natural heritage features, improving overall ecosystem health and contributing to climate change mitigation by increasing the tree canopy and natural cover
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Re-Visioning of our Roads with Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure incorporates natural systems and functions within the built environment, it is gaining momentum as an efficient and cost-effective tool for mitigating the negative impacts development has on water management, natural heritage and agricultural systems in our communities and the Greenbelt.

Installing Green Infrastructure on our roads can have the following benefits:

  • Using vegetation and natural features in transportation right-of-ways increases the aesthetic value of streets and roadways. This helps improve human health and increases the rates of active transportation
  • It also builds habitat corridors for native and migratory species. In rural settings, it can provide much needed support for pollinators and the vital role they play for farmers
  • Rain gardens and bioswales will help filter pollutants in the air and water, improve local stream and river health, manage stormwater quality and quantity, and recharge the groundwater table
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Why Soil Health Is Important

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       thomas_bowers.png Thomas Bowers, Research Manager at Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, shares why he thinks soil health is an important issue in today's battle against climate change and crucial in the support of a healthy agricultural system.

Soil health is one of the most interesting and highest priority topics I work on. It affects all the issues the Foundation is concerned with: agricultural viability, healthy communities, environmental sustainability and climate change. It is also one of the most pressing issues facing the Greenbelt, Ontario, Canada and the world.

The Greenbelt Foundation is investing in a number of projects to improve soil health in the Greenbelt and mitigate climate change.

“Despite all our achievements we owe our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains” - Farm Equipment Association of Minnesota and South Dakota

 

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Statement from the Greenbelt Foundation on Doug Ford's Pledge of Support

May 1, 2018

Statement from the Greenbelt Foundation on Doug Ford's Pledge of Support

We welcome the news that Ontario PC Party leader Doug Ford has committed to the preservation of Ontario’s Greenbelt.

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Job Posting: Grants Coordinator - Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation

Position: Grants Coordinator

Duration: Permanent Position

Hours/Weeks: 40 hrs. (5 days/wk.)

 

About the Greenbelt and Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation

Ontario's Greenbelt is an area of permanently protected green space, farmland and vibrant rural communities. It surrounds the highly urbanized Greater Golden Horseshoe, and is vital to the quality of life in southern Ontario. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is a charitable organization, focused on supporting activities that improve knowledge and enhance the health and integrity of agricultural, natural heritage and water systems in Ontario's Greenbelt.

A primary function of the Foundation is grant-making. The Foundation provides funding to activities that promote and sustain the Greenbelt as a beneficial, valuable, and permanent feature, enhancing the quality of life for all residents of Ontario.

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Statement from the Greenbelt Foundation on the Province's Greenbelt Council Announcement

For Immediate Release
 
April 16, 2018
Statement from the Greenbelt Foundation on the Province’s Greenbelt Council Announcement


The Greenbelt Foundation congratulates the Hon. David Crombie on his appointment as Chair of the Greenbelt Council as well as the other accomplished individuals joining the council.

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Improve Your Health in Your Local Urban River Valley

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Don River (Photo: Kevin Van Paaseen - Globe and Mail)

It’s World Health Day today and on this day I can’t help but reflect and remember when I first moved to Toronto 4 years ago. At the time, I had not anticipated that I would spend so much time exploring Toronto’s ravines, especially the Don River. In fact, my image of Toronto was of a concrete jungle bustling with business folks and tourists. It was nice to be proven both right and wrong at the same time. Toronto is definitely a busy city but right within its boundaries it’s host to a whole other type of life.

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Erin Soil Health Coalition Launches with Farmer Forum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


April 3, 2018

 ERIN SOIL HEALTH COALITION LAUNCHES WITH FARMER FORUM

One-year pilot project will bring farmers in Erin together with citizen scientist volunteers to improve soil health

Erin – The Soil Health Coaltion is bringing together dozens of Erin farmers to launch a collaborative pilot program to improve soil health and water quality in the Greenbelt. With funding support from the Greenbelt Foundation, the Soil Health Coalition is inviting farmers to work with one another to share their knowledge of soil management approaches and measure results.

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March 2018 Newsletter

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Greenbelt Foundation Now Accepting Funding Applications

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 26, 2018

 GREENBELT FOUNDATION NOW ACCEPTING FUNDING APPLICATIONS

The Greenbelt Foundation has launched two new funding streams to protect and enhance Ontario’s Greenbelt

Applications are now open through the Greenbelt Foundation’s Prosperous Greenbelt and Resilient Greenbelt funding streams. Eligible charities and non-profit organizations are encouraged to submit their project ideas by April 10, 2018. The Greenbelt Foundation’s priorities for these funding programs include promoting a sustainable rural and agricultural Greenbelt economy, maintaining the integrity of Greenbelt systems for public benefit, restoring and enhancing Greenbelt systems, and protecting vulnerable water resources for residents, agriculture and businesses.

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