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Toronto Star – November 22, 2016

Report on Canada’s national housing strategy released

Canadians are calling for a collaborative, strong and innovative national housing strategy to eliminate homelessness across the country.

They want a plan that boosts the country’s affordable housing stock and employs new financial solutions to improve the living conditions of vulnerable people, including indigenous communities. Government, participants say, must also set clear outcomes and targets, collect data, and examine existing laws and policies to ensure fair access to safe and affordable housing.

Those were some of the key themes identified through a four-month-long, countrywide consultation and summarized in a report released on Tuesday, entitled What We Heard: Shaping Canada’s National Housing Strategy.

Michelle German, senior project manager at Evergreen CityWorks and co-ordinator for the GTA Housing Action Lab, said on Monday more than 80 stakeholders — including developers, architects, along with members of municipal government, the financial industry and the private and public housing sector — met in Toronto to continue mapping out next steps.

“People in the housing sector have really gotten to a place where they realize we are stronger together, German said. “We are trying to address way more than housing.” Read the full article on Toronto Star Online.



Evergreen – September 30, 2016

Toronto Housing Summit

Evergreen is proud to be a sponsor for the Toronto Housing Summit on September 30, 2016.  Mayor Tory’s leadership in hosting this Summit as well as the participation of Provincial Minister Bill Mauro and Federal Minister Jean-Yves Duclos encourages us. This is a historic moment where three levels of government are aligned with a shared purpose.

For the last two and a half years Evergreen has been leading the Greater Toronto Area Housing Action Lab, a multi-sector collaborative working group that has come together to develop and propose policies and programs that support the affordability of housing for residents of all income levels as well as encouraging regulatory frameworks that enable diversity on form and tenure of housing.  When we began our work together, people from across the housing sector were deeply pessimistic, expressing frustration about the lack of alignment, the absence of government leadership and a general sense of uncertainty and fragmentation in the housing system.

Fast forward to today and there have been significant changes in the discourse: the hope for transformational change in the area of housing affordability and the building of complete communities across the region is high. We are seeing governments at all levels signal a shared purpose to address housing affordability. At the same time we are seeing partners from the private and not-for-profit sector working together to innovate with government to further these goals. 

Moving to action will require continued collaboration from every sector, communities, builders and housing providers in the GTA. This Summit is one of many important steps forward. We look forward to the summit outcomes, which will inform the National Housing Strategy currently being developed by the federal government.



Muskoka Brewery – September 07, 2016

Muskoka Brewery and Evergreen launch Fresh Water Grant program

The Muskoka Brewery & Evergreen Fresh Water Grant Project will empower three non-profit organizations to restore native plants in riparian, wetland and shoreline areas, collect water quality data points, and engage the public in the care of local water systems.



Woodbine Entertainment – June 15, 2016

Community Food Garden increases access to fresh healthy food for Rexdale residents



PortsToronto – January 11, 2016

PortsToronto is Creating 18 Outdoor Classrooms with Evergreen

PortsToronto today released its first annual sustainability report which highlights a partnership with Evergreen to transform 18 of Toronto’s downtown school grounds into outdoor classrooms.

“These are dynamic classrooms where kids can re-connect with nature and, most important, play in the great outdoors.” Says Evergreen CEO Geoff Cape. In 2015, PortsToronto worked with Evergreen at six waterfront and downtown primary schools: Bruce Junior Public School, St. Paul Catholic School, Holy Family Catholic School, St. Mary Catholic School, The Waterfront School, and Toronto Island Public & Natural Science School. These were the first of 18 schools that will be selected, six schools each year, to receive financial support through the three-year partnership between PortsToronto and Evergreen.

Click to review the full PortsToronto 2015 Sustainability Report. The Evergreen partnership is featured on pages 13-15.



407 ETR – December 02, 2015

407 ETR Drives Green City Innovation with Evergreen

407 ETR and Evergreen continue their strong multi-year relationship with projects that support innovative programs across the 407 ETR corridor.

The support includes community tree planting and restoration events in local parks near 407 ETR since 2013 and sponsoring Toronto’s first city-wide TrafficJam Hackathon in 2015. Today we’re starting a process to transform the outdoor space around the 407 ETR offices to make it more usable for staff and visitors to enjoy. 407 ETR has participated in community tree planting and ecology programs that have made a real difference to sensitive areas around parks and watersheds. In addition, support of the first ever TrafficJam Hackathon helped provide some of Toronto’s most innovative thinkers an excellent forum for working on transit and transportation solutions. 

Click to download the full news release in PDF format.



Toronto Botanical Garden – November 19, 2015

Evergreen CEO Geoff Cape named 2015 Aster Award winner

The Aster Awards recognize the work of these “green stars”--people whose achievements inspire us to cherish and conserve nature. The 2015 award receipients are Evergreen CEO Geoff Cape, Dr. Roberta Bondar and rising star Arlene Throness.



The Toronto Star – October 23, 2015

Time for the city to make way for laneway housing

Smaller types of housing have caught on in Vancouver, where affordability and neighbourhood character are also concerns.

“This isn’t about building mega houses at the back of peoples’ properties, it’s about having something discreet, something small and something in keeping with the neighbourhood,” says Geoff Cape, founder and CEO of the non-profit Evergreen Canada, perhaps best known for creating the vibrant public space Evergreen Brick Works.



Stratus - – December 11, 2014

Harvest of Ontario grapes flow into good cause

December 11, 2014, Toronto, ON: Evergreen, a not-for-profit whose purpose is to bring nature to cities, has worked with long-time partner Stratus Vineyards to create a wine representative of the natural connections between the two organizations. 



The Social - CTV – November 17, 2014

Cynthia and Jaya ‘Shop The Neighbourhood’

Cynthia holds Jaya as they walk through the Evergreen Garden Market.



Globe and Mail – November 14, 2014

How the latest playgrounds are making child’s play fun again

Since the 1970s, the playground has been a battlefield for this epic conflict: the best ideas of public health and safety engineering against the entropic impulses of children themselves.



NOW Magazine – November 07, 2014

Readers Choice Best of T.O. 2014

Text showcasing that Evergreen Brick Works won best wilderness area.



Museum of Nature – November 07, 2014

Nature Inspiration Award

Award listing showing Evergreen Brick Works the category not for profit organization (small/medium)



The Toronto Star – November 02, 2014

Mexican Day of the Dead festival attracts thousands

Photo of girl having her face painted like a candy skull.



The Toronto Star – October 15, 2014

How to revitalize highrise rental housing neighbourhoods

Screen shot of article - photo contains old highrise building



National Post – September 24, 2014

Farm meets city meets mechanical bulls at Toronto’s Urban Rodeo and BBQ

Screen shot of national post article. Photo of chef brad long leaning against brick wall, arms crossed.



Toronto Metro – September 20, 2014

Farm and city meet in urban rodeo to raise funds for healthy, greener cities

Screenshot of article - picture of chef Jamie Kennedy seasoning some french fries.



Breakfast Television – September 10, 2014

Rodeo BBQ with Jenn Valentyne

Jenn Valentyne came down to Evergreen Brick Works to celebrate the local harvest and help spread the world about our Rodeo BBQ Fundraiser. 

Jenn Valentyne host of Breakfast Television, standing at Evergreen Brick Works.



Toronto Metro – September 06, 2014

Toronto man starts construction on tiny dream home

Screen Shot of article - Toronto man starts construction on tiny dream home, photo of man standing in front of partially built home.



The Toronto Star – July 11, 2014

Dreaming up important election questions

A few hours in a hammock can really make you think

Dreaming up important election questions - excerpt from Toronto star article



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