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About Evergreen

A large gathering of people in Riverdale Park, with the Toronto skyline in the background. Image: Geoff Fitzgerald
Image: Geoff Fitzgerald

Evergreen is helping make cities flourish.

Cities that are low carbon, inclusive to all and sustainable at their core. Cities to live, move, work, play, learn and thrive in.

Since 1991, we’ve been facilitating change. Working with other city builders to convene, collaborate and catalyze ideas into action. Our teams connect with many stakeholders to lead with a mindset focused on solutions. We collaborate to develop innovative ideas and catalyze change by testing solutions, developing prototypes and scaling projects.

Through our award-winning suite of programs, we have actively engaged Canadians in creating and sustaining healthy urban environments in our schools, our public spaces, in housing and transit systems, and communities themselves.

Flourishing cities start here – at a site, in a neighbourhood, on the ground – where spaces become great places, and have a real and lasting impact, creating a better world for all.

An aerial view of Evergreen Brick Works.
A large group of people shopping at the Evergreen Brick Works Farmers Market.

Evergreen Brick Works opened its doors in 2010. A demonstration hub where the world can experience sustainable practices that enable flourishing cities of the future. It connects citizens, business, academia and government to turn what-if’s into how-to’s that will shape our country for the better.

Our Mission

To enable flourishing cities.

Our Vision

We dream of flourishing cities.

The backbone of our cities are the places we share and where we connect. Connecting people, natural and built worlds 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

Collaboration

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

Innovation

Connecting and transforming innovative ideas into bold action.

Accountability

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

A boy sits on a gargoyle sculpture. Image: Mike Derblich

Art is city building: How public art and public space work together in our cities

Although not commonly seen as such, the way public art enlivens our urban spaces means it’s an…

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Good things come in threes: The importance of reclaiming third places in our cities

Third places are critical for strengthening community connections in our increasingly isolated urban cities. 

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Evergreen’s checklist for future leaders

Ten top decisions to make in order to build flourishing provinces, territories and municipalities in Canada.

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