Vancouver's waterfront, a street festival in Calgary, the waterfront in St John.

About Evergreen

Evergreen is dedicated to making cities flourish. Since 1991, we’ve been hard at work, transforming spaces into great places so that communities can thrive.

This is evident in our work designing school grounds; building community programs; collaborating on transportation, housing, and water issues; and imagining and developing the Evergreen Brick Works social enterprise.

The Evergreen Brick Works Farmers MarketSince 1991, Evergreen, a Canadian charity and international thought leader, has provoked bold action in transforming public landscapes into thriving community spaces with environmental, social and economic benefits. At the core of our work is the belief that involving people directly in the process of restoring the health of local ecologies and their communities positively affects the attitudes and behaviours that lie at the core of the sustainable city.

For more than 25 years Evergreen has connected, collaborated, and catalyzed people to do amazing things. Learn more about our impact here.

A building with Canadian flags on the front.Our Mission

Inspiring action to green cities.

Our Vision

Our cities are the place we all share and where we connect with each other. When spaces are transformed into great places and connected to city systems like housing and transit, the daily experience in our communities improves and our life in the city becomes happier and healthier.

Our Values


Engaging diverse audiences in ways that are playful, optimistic and empowering to accelerate strategies for change.


Connecting and transforming innovative ideas into bold action.


To the communities we serve, those who contribute their time and resources, and in the delivery of programs and services of the highest quality.

Systems Approach

Between people and place and the recognition that environmental issues are part of interdependent, complex social and economic systems.

Our Stories

The mobile place making bike as part of a Green Bloc Neighbourhood project.

Building community with Green Bloc Neighbourhoods

Four Vancouver neighbourhoods have been at work, not just putting a dent in their ecological footprints,…

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There's one place to be in Toronto on October 14 and that's Evergreen Brick Works for our annual BBQ!

Top 5 things to do at Evergreen’s Feast On BBQ

You know about the chefs who will be whipping up some delectable local fare, but what…

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Image courtesy of Ripple Farms

How Fish Might Grow Food of the Future

Understanding the future potential of hydroponics as demonstrated by Ripple Farms’ container at Evergreen Brick Works.

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Kids play in the Children's Garden at Evergreen Brick Works/Kelly Cruise

The Benefits of Risky Play for Canadian students

Cam Collyer,  Evergreen's Executive Director of Programs, talks about how risky play and school ground design can…

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