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Evergreen News - Spring 2011
Evergreen Past and Present. Photos Clockwise: The first Evergreen planting event at Ashbridge's Bay in 1991; Credit Valley Conservation event with Evergreen; Barenaked Ladies perform at an Evergreen event in 1991; George Dark, Geoff Cape et. al. cut the vine ribbon on EBW 2010. Photos: Evergreen, Tooba Shakeel, Evergreen, Jan Schwarz.
Evergreen Turns 20!
As Spring blooms across the country, Evergreen kicks off Earth Month festivities with a celebration of our 20th Anniversary, and the excitement of a new season of greening across Canada. In this issue, we dig into Evergreen's past, and set the stage for a bright, green future. Please join us in raising a toast to another 20 years of making cities more livable!
Letter from the Executive Director

In the fall of 1990, two university friends and I began to develop plans to support green schools and tree planting in urban areas. On May 1, 1991 we hosted an event on Toronto‚Äôs waterfront called “Tree Day” and launched Evergreen as an environmental charity.

We had some big ideas and they quickly gained momentum as the wider community embraced our efforts. Thanks to the energy, passion and dedication of our donors, partners, supporters, volunteers and staff, here we still are—bringing nature to schools, communities and homes throughout Canada.

And while our goal of making Canadian cities livable has not changed in the last two decades, our ability to make it happen has grown tremendously.

At Evergreen Brick Works, our new home in Toronto, we’re putting our ideas to the test in a new way. We have created a community environmental centre located in a spectacular industrial heritage site. It is many things: a vibrant public space featuring a local farmers’ market and retail garden centre; a showcase of sustainable design; an educational playground for green living; and an international hub that fosters new ideas in urban innovation.

These are big and bold efforts. But to be meaningful, we must continue to touch people in real, tangible ways—on the ground, in their schools, parks and communities. And that’s why Evergreen will continue to engage individuals and groups across the country, bringing nature and community together for the benefit of both.

Here’s to another 20 years working together for a greener future for all Canadians.

Geoff Cape, Executive Director and Co-founder, Evergreen

The Latest and Greenest
George Dark, Chair, Evergreen's Board of Directors.

Board Members Wanted!

Evergreen is seeking energetic board members who can bring new ideas and expertise to the table, as we move toward an exciting future.

Screenshot of Evergreen's first home page.

Ghosts of Websites Past

We’ve opened up the vault! Check out our blog featuring snapshots from past websites and our latest digital endeavours. For more peeks into our history, visit our special 20th Anniversary page.

Students at Mapleton School enjoy their Outdoor Classroom.

A Decade of School Ground Greening

The Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds program turns 10 this year. Check out the commemorative video celebrating our partnership and learn more about the importance of nature-based education.

World Environment Day June 5. Forests: At Your Service.

United Nations World Environment Day

This year’s World Environment Day is all about forests. Evergreen Brick Works will be the hub for the UNEPs North American celebrations. More details are coming soon, so stay tuned!

20 Ways to give $20 for Evergreen's 20th Anniversary.
In the Field
A man and young boy pull invasive plants at a stewardship event in Calgary.

Earth Month

Celebrate Earth Day with Evergreen and help us bring more green into your community. Check out our Earth Month page to find planting and stewardship events in your area.

Visitors walk near the quarry and the pavilions at EBW. Photo: Shadi Edarehchi.

Nature in the City

Evergreen Brick Works is bursting this spring with the reopening of our retail garden market, new programs supporting local food, city cycling and workshops and events for all ages to learn about green living.

Market Matriarch Elizabeth Harris. Photo: Barry Choi.

Market Matriarch

Evergreen pays tribute to Elizabeth Harris—a hero of Evergreen Brick Works and our Farmers’ Market.

Volunteer Appreciation Night 2010. Photo: Michelle Scrivener.

National Volunteer Week: April 10–16

Evergreen recognizes our indispensable volunteers across Canada. Let us introduce you to just a few of the incredible people who make it all happen.

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Evergreen is a not-for-profit organization that makes cities more livable. By deepening the connection between people and nature, and empowering Canadians to take a hands-on approach to their urban environments, Evergreen is improving the health of our cities—now and for the future.

Photo credits: Tooba Shakeel (Top Image, upper right), Jan Schwarz (Top Image, lower left), Shadi Edarehchi (Spring Programs at EBW), Barry Choi (Elizabeth Harris), Michelle Scrivener (Volunteers).

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