Waterloo Celebration of the Greenbelt Book Showcases the Success of the World's Largest, Best Protected Greenbelt

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MAY 30, 2017

Waterloo Celebration of the Greenbelt Book Showcases the Success of the World's Largest, Best Protected Greenbelt

Proponents of Smart Growht join Friends of the Greenbelt CEO and author Burkhard Mausberg at Words Worth Books to celebrate the Greenbelt Book

WATERLOO – Local residents and environmental enthusiasts gathered at Words Worth Books to celebrate the launch of a new book from Friends of the Greenbelt CEO Burkhard Mausberg about the history and success of Ontario’s Greenbelt. The Greenbelt is a compelling coffeetable book filled with beautiful photography and rich stories from the Greenbelt, published by Barlow Books.

Former Director of Community Planning for the Region of Waterloo Kevin Eby and Vice-Chair of the Grand River Environmental Network and one of the Leaders of Smart Growth Waterloo, Kevin Thomason joined author Burkhard Mausberg to discuss the Greenbelt in the era of smart growth.

“Waterloo is a great example of how to embrace smart growth and use planning tools to create complete communities,” said Kevin Eby. “The Greenbelt is an important piece of the puzzle as municipalities work towards smarter, sustainable communities.  We look forward to the future extension of the Greenbelt into Waterloo to help ensure the gains made to date continue to be realized by future generations."

“We would love to see the Greenbelt come to Waterloo region,” said Kevin Thomason. “Residents here are already on board with smart growth.  Expanding the Greenbelt would to help protect our Moraines, farmland, and water recharge areas - reinforcing our Regional Official Plan and adding an important second layer of protection.”

The book contains candid interviews with key policymakers who contributed to the creation of the Greenbelt, including former premiers Bill Davis, Mike Harris, and Dalton McGuinty. The Greenbelt also tells the stories of the farmers, activists, and entrepreneurs who made the Greenbelt a success, including Ontario wine pioneer Don Ziraldo, singer-songwriter Sarah Harmer and chef Jamie Kennedy.

“In my 12 years of leading the Greenbelt Foundation, I have met so many engaged, dynamic people who live and work in the Greenbelt. This book is the opportunity to share their stories and celebrate what makes the Greenbelt a success,” said Burkhard Mausberg, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation CEO and author of The Greenbelt. “It isn’t my book, but belongs to all of the people who have tirelessly led, battled, prevailed, and succeeded in creating our Greenbelt.”

Everyone that appreciates the beauty of Ontario, and especially the allure of its farms and hamlets, waterfalls and caves, fields and trails – and wants to protect these spaces for future generations – will find this book an essential read.

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About the Greenbelt:

Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for fresh air, clean water, healthy local food, active outdoor recreation, and a thriving economy. At nearly 2 million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt, keeping our farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and sustainable. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation works to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, and protect natural features. Learn more at: greenbelt.ca.

Contact:

Erica Woods
Communications Manager
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
Office: (416) 960-0001, ext. 306
Mobile: (647)834-5657
ewoods@greenbelt.ca

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