Of the many successes from the Greenbelt Youth Leaders program, an annual Green Day was established at Niagara College, building awareness of environmental issues and recruiting members for the next year’s Environmental Corps.
The Greenbelt Youth Leaders program has been introduced by the Niagara Environmental Corps, which was created in September 2006 to increase environmental awareness at Niagara College and to empower students to solve environmental problems and build healthy communities.
Niagara College, in collaboration with Durham’s Fleming College, has developed a sustainable model of student-led environmental action. The Greenbelt Youth Leaders learn to increase public environmental awareness, assist companies and non-proﬁt community organizations to develop and test environmental solutions to problems, and gives the students experience in applied research activities.
The ‘Greenbelt Express’ builds public transit links from cities to recreational cycling activities in the Greenbelt and works with host communities to promote cycling tourism and the Greenbelt. The project expands the success of the pilot ‘Toronto to Niagara Bike Train,’ which is a sustainable tourism and transportation initiative that introduces bike racks onboard VIA Rail Canada service between Toronto and the Niagara Region. The Bike Train provides cyclists with a unique and sustainable transportation option for travel between the two regions. The Chamber of Commerce is working closely with Niagara area businesses and community leaders to promote the region as a great cycling destination.
The My Market project is expected to strengthen the role of farmers’ markets in the Golden Horseshoe’s local urban food system by creating a new model of farmers’ markets that feature 100% real farmers selling what they grow and opening four new certified farmers’ markets (with farmer-only vendors) in City of Toronto locations. A promotional strategy advertises My Markets and the Greenbelt, while recruiting Greenbelt farmers to participate at these markets.
Promotion of fruit wine at farmers’ markets
The project promotes the sale of fruit wines at farmers markets, which requires changes to current provincial legislation.
Environment Hamilton is creating an Eat Local Map, which is a directory of farms, stores, and other locations in Hamilton where residents can access locally-grown fruits and vegetables and locally-raised meats. The majority of farmers in the Hamilton area reside in the Greenbelt and the Map tells the story of the Greenbelt, how it preserves farmland and contributes to a local food system. The Map also educates residents about the importance of eating local to their health, the environment, and farm families.
The 10 km Nature Walk for the Environment takes place on the Waterfront Trail in Hamilton. Hundreds of participants learn about nature through interpretive signage and raise money for local environmental projects. This year's campaign focuses on the Cartwright Nature Sanctuary, helping to build awareness of one of the important ecological treasures in the Hamilton area. The walk is proceeding from the Waterfront Trail in Hamilton into Cootes Paradise in the Greenbelt.
Eneract, a charitable organization committed to delivering innovative solutions to environmental problems since 1994, in partnership with Green Enterprises Toronto produces a Smartliving Guide, which is a listing of environmentally-friendly businesses, products and services for customers. It serves as a forum for local, particularly small, green businesses to build their market base, providing information on household products, services, food and drink, green cleaning supplies, transportation options, and health and beauty.
The Greenbelt Discovery Tours project captures over 400 points of interest through images and innovative mapping tools, available for tourists to download directly to their personal communication devices.
High tech meets low-impact as visitors to Niagara’s Greenbelt access tourism activities online and at four major Niagara Tourism Centres. Visitors discover a dynamic Greenbelt by selecting activities from an extensive community database of Niagara’s ‘best keep secret’ destinations and experiences. Written and audio-based overviews of specific destinations or multimedia thematic cycling, hiking and transit tours can be downloaded, while Directional GPS coordinates automatically trigger directional information on portable digital devices.Read more
This ecological area is the only remaining contiguous area of habitat from Lake Ontario to the Escarpment not broken by a 400-series highway.
The Royal Botanical Gardens’ Land Management Strategy helps to preserve the beauty and wildlife of Cootes Paradise, which has attracted artists such as Robert Bateman, birdwatchers from around the world, and thousands of locals to hike its trails and paddle its waters.
This community-based conservation and land management plan protects 4,000 acres of natural Greenbelt lands from the impacts of nearby urban development. The planning process is led by an advisory group of local stakeholders and the project is overseen by experts in a diverse group of organizations, including conservation authorities, and regional and municipal governments. A final report recommends action items for each partner group who has committed to implementing the plan within five to seven years.
According to the Niagara Culinary Trail’s “Harvest Calendar”, apples, beets, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, garlic, mushrooms, and onions are available locally almost entirely year round.
The Niagara region offers an abundance of local fruits, veggies, and culinary treats year round. The Niagara Culinary Trail project ensures that visitors have all the information necessary to access and enjoy farm-fresh local products, linking agriculture, tourism and food to promote sustainable cuisine in the Niagara Greenbelt region.
As the first agritourism trail of its kind in the Greenbelt, the project focuses on three main activities: increased culinary tourism, an “Eat Healthy, Eat Local” educational campaign, and a business training and marketing development program for local culinary business owners. It engages a vibrant agricultural and food service community in the Niagara specialty crop area of the Greenbelt, fostering a shared vision for local agriculture and encouraging mutual support between the culinary and farming communities.