Evergreen has always been more than the sum of its parts. We pride ourselves on our ability to collaborate and build networks. It’s what we do best; making the most of the knowledge and expertise of our partners, volunteers, donors and supporters. Without them, our work to advance sustainable cities would not be possible.
After a few short years of rapid and often dizzying growth, that “sum” has increased substantially. Evergreen has evolved from a small charity focused on community and school ground greening to an innovative non-profit with global reach; one that is tackling a whole series of challenges and opportunities concerned with broader issues related to urban sustainability.
To create an integrated vision for this expanded version of Evergreen, we’re making the most of our highly unique reality: We are a charity that offers a wide array of programs across the country; but we also run Evergreen Brick Works, a world renowned community environmental centre in the heart of Canada’s largest city.
It was a wonderful challenge to be faced with; find a way to advance our national efforts, while developing our new home base and vibrant public space in Toronto.
By taking the time to articulate our work in a way that bridges Evergreen Brick Works with programs nationwide, we have been able to create a robust platform for advancing our vision: “Green Cities, Healthy Planet.” We have organized our many projects and initiatives into four program themes—Greenspace, Children, Food and CityWorks—because we believe positive action in these key areas will lead to greener, resilient cities and a sustainable future.
You can learn more about our new program areas by clicking through our ongoing projects and initiatives, and by reading about the major public events and festivals we hosted and the diverse communities we brought together to transform schools and neighbourhoods across the country.
As always, we are grateful for the generosity and encouragement of our many supporters. Without the collective efforts of our staff and volunteers, our greening associates across the country and the many fruitful partnerships we continue to nurture, our work would simply not be possible.
Chief Executive Officer, Evergreen