The “2010 Greenbelt Express” project promotes the Greenbelt as an attractive destination for cycling tourism, with a sustainable transportation option for travel between Toronto and Niagara by train. Bike Train integrates GO Transit services in addition to VIA Rail, broadens the network of Greenbelt cycle tourism ambassadors and completes a strategy for long-term financial sustainability of the program, while investing in market research to help measure the economic and tourism impacts in Niagara.
The Greenbeltfresh Online Marketplace, a Foundation-led initiative, is a cornerstone of our efforts to support the local food economy. The tool is being developed to help growers/ producers find new market opportunities. "Greenbelt Fresh Online Marketplace Launch" will launch the Marketplace website in two "beta" launches and a formal launch.
The “Eat Local Map” project is a collaboration between Environment Hamilton and the City of Hamilton to increase urban residents’ access to local food. The map will list farmers, markets and other retail locations. It educates residents about the importance of local food to their health, the environment, and farm families. The majority of farmers in the Hamilton area are in the Greenbelt. This Map tells the story of the Greenbelt, how it preserves farmland and contributes to a local food system, highlighting the Greenbelt as a protected local food source.
As part of the Greenbelt’s 5th anniversary, the Canadian Urban Institute, a not for profit organization dedicated to creating a world of thriving, sustainable, harmonious and engaged urban regions, planned and organized a panel discussion with key players and Greenbelt stakeholders on March 1, 2010 at Hart House, University of Toronto. The “Greenbelt at Five Years: Planning for the Future” panel speakers discussed the progress made on achieving the Greenbelt’s goals and vision and opportunities and challenges it faces and how Ontario’s Greenbelt compares to international greenbelts around the world. This aided in reaching out to a new audience and fostering relationships with audiences potentially interested in defining/ researching the impact of Ontario’s Greenbelt.
"Promoting the Value of Ontario's Greenbelt Natural Capital" builds on the David Suzuki Foundation's (DSF) 2008 report that valued the Greenbelt’s ecological goods and services, or natural capital, at $2.6 billion in annual services such as climate mitigation, flood control, and water and air filtration.DSF is reaching out to governments and industry leaders to foster political and private sector support for enhancing the value of ecological services in the Greenbelt and better protecting its natural resources.
Ecojustice, an environmental law organization, is working with Ducks Unlimted, Ontario Nature and Earthroots to assess the effectiveness of the Greenbelt Plan in protecting wetlands, which are rapidly disappearing in near urban environments across the province.A series of interviews and case studies on various planning decisions will shed light on how the current policy framework is or is not adequately protecting wetlands in the Greenbelt.The assessment will enhance our understanding of the complexities and key policy issues related to Greenbelt wetlands, increase public awareness and influence policy reform, to ensure the broader vision of ecological integrity is met in the Greenbelt’s Protected Countryside, Oak Ridges Moraine and the Niagara Escarpment.
The project begins to implement Durham's Food Charter and shape food policy in the Region by developing a work plan for the regional food sub-committee and by advocating for the creation of a Food Policy Council to ensure there is long term capacity to take action on local food. It is part of a broader strategy to address issues of poverty, health, environmental degradation, economic instability and community safety in Durham Region.
"Beyond Imaginings" is a project by Harbourfront Centre to curate a photography exhibit with a Greenbelt theme, with images and other content to be displayed on 40 outdoor structures at Harbourfront Centre from June 2010 to May 2011. The photos depict all that the Greenbelt offers—a protected and restored natural environment, wildlife, agriculture, and recreation areas.
The "Community Harvest Ontario in the Greenbelt" project increases access to fresh fruit and vegetables for families/people that use food banks by engaging the Greenbelt farm community and urban volunteers. An innovative network of farmers and volunteers work together to grow and glean fresh, nutritious produce that is then distributed to vulnerable populations through Ontario food banks. The Ontario Association of Food Banks (OFAB) recognizes the Greenbelt as a near urban source of fresh foods.
The “Growing the Greenbelt in Peel, Halton and Durham” project aims to generate municipal applications to grow the Greenbelt in Halton, Mississauga and Brampton, along the Credit River. The project also strengthens support among residents and Council in Durham Region to grow the Greenbelt in the Carruthers Creek headwaters.