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look around you. Over the past ten years there has been a steady
increase in all kinds of green activities. More of us are riding bikes,
saving energy at home, installing solar panels, shopping for green
products, and taking greater pride in our local community and
environment. In our neighbourhoods we see more tree plantings, community
gardens, and local foods promoted in stores, restaurants and farmers’
Can we be greener?
Absolutely. Much greener. We’re just scratching
the surface of what can be done to make Toronto a truly green city made
up of many vibrant, green neighbourhoods.
How do we get there? Our vision is of hundreds of
community groups and local leaders, dozens of city-wide lead
organizations, and many other partners, all working together to help the
2.5 million people in Toronto find ways to live better by living
greener, both in their own lives and through community projects.
The key is networking: helping each other in our neighbourhoods and
across the city to take advantage of green solutions. We’ve already
started with four regional networks (North, South, East and West) and
will soon be focusing our attention on networks centred around
neighbourhoods, issues and projects. If your group wants to help green
your community, or can involve your members, please join in.
Who are we?
We are the Live Green Toronto Animators, hired by
the City of Toronto under the Live Green Toronto program to help
organize community networks and support community group projects across
the city. We are three lead organizations (EcoSpark,
the Conservation Council of Ontario, and the Centre for Social
Innovation). We have staff (community animators) working across the city
to help you with your community projects.
A second project is also underway with
Toronto Environmental Alliance to work
with tenants in neighbourhoods across the City.
Mike Peppard, EcoSpark
Community animators contact information.
Meredith Cochrane, Executive Director,
Tonya Surman, Executive Director, the
Centre for Social Innovation
Chris Winter, Executive Director, the
Conservation Council of Ontario
For more information on Live Green Toronto,
including grants, programs, and resources, go to: