OSEA will work with the Ontario Power Authority to make recommendations for a Standard Offer Contract program and run a Greenbelt-wide public awareness campaign. The project is needed to pave the way for ten renewable power projects in the Greenbelt, generating 100 megawatts of electricity. This requires consultations with farmers, farming associations, municipalities and rural cooperatives, in order to develop recommendations that provide incentives to entice generators to build locally-owned green power facilities and sell their excess energy capacity to the grid.
The project aims to raise conservation awareness among landowners in the Hamilton and Halton areas using over 6,000 brochures distributed at community meetings, presentations, displays and through project partners. It will educate landowners on the advantages and importance of land conservation.
AGCare provides science and policy research on environmental and agricultural issues in Ontario, and is forming collaborative relationships between the farming and trail communities to increase awareness of agricultural stewardship.
Colourful signage is created and erected throughout trails in the Greenbelt to communicate to hikers about the environmental stewardship activities and best management practices of farmers. Messages about the Greenbelt are incorporated into the text, with an overarching aim of increasing public awareness and recognition of farmers’ contributions to the environment.
Initiated in 2005 on a platform of farming reform to increase the industry’s viability, Local Food Plus certification system incorporates economic, environmental and social issues and opens new markets for Canadian farmers.
This project catapults local, sustainably produced food into the public consciousness in Ontario. Consumers are recognizing the label in their universities and grocery stores, and vendors and shoppers alike are recognizing the value of what it means to buy from certified farmers and processors: that the food is produced using environmentally and socially responsible growing practices.
Environmental Defence Canada is the coordinating organization for the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance, a coalition of groups who share a common vision for improving Ontarians' quality of life and protecting valuable agricultural and environmental lands.
Building upon the success of the Alliance, Environmental Defence’s Greenbelt-wide network draws on the collective expertise of Alliance members, municipal leaders, farmers and other professionals. The network is essential in fostering municipal compliance and implementation of the Greenbelt Plan through innovative community planning, and focuses on the creation of productive connections between urban and rural organizations.
A two-day event celebrates Durham farmers’ agricultural culinary tourism in Durham with farm tours and local fare. The tour reinforces the value of Durham’s local food economy and strengthens collaborations among farmers, local restaurants, B&B accommodations and others to buy, sell and promote locally grown foods.
The project increase sales, the number of farm vendors and the number of farmers' markets in the Greenbelt by recruiting new farmers diversifying products sold at markets, attracting new customers, and establishing four new urban markets. Project GREEN also brands markets as ‘Greenbelt’ markets and informs consumers on the important role farmers’ markets have in supporting local agriculture and the business of farming.
Grape Growers of Ontario hosts a Kick-Off Luncheon for the Wine Festival and produces and distributes educational material about VQA wine and the Greenbelt. The event is attended by provincial and municipal politicians as well as business and community leaders. The Niagara Grape and Wine Festival is held in September of each year to celebrate the wine harvest, showcase the industry and promote local Tourism. The event supports a viable agricultural sector by promoting agri-tourism and the consumption and awareness of local agricultural products.
The grant aids in the implementation of the following projects: Trees for Watershed Health, Conservation Halton Greenbelt Awareness Program and the Halton Great Outdoors Guide. The project protects and restores natural areas by promoting environmental stewardship and increasing public awareness of the Greenbelt in Halton. Each of these three projects brings exposure to the Greenbelt through community outreach and communications.
The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Foundation (NPCF) is building a 12,000 square foot Visitor Centre in their Ball’s Falls Conservation Area, located in the Town of Lincoln in the Twenty-Mile Creek Watershed. This includes a state-of-the-art interpretive display and educational programming. One gallery (1,100 square feet) tells the history of Twenty Valley and educates visitors about its natural and cultural heritage. Interactive displays inform visitors about water conservation and watershed stewardship practices, the impact of human activity on the ecosystem, and the need for wise land-use practices. A smaller gallery hosts traveling exhibits and community displays and educational programs cover the area’s rich cultural and natural history.