Evergreen News - Summer 2010
Community Art workshop at Evergreen Brick Works. Photo: Mike Derblich.
A Season to Celebrate
The countdown is on. Evergreen's national office is moving from our downtown Toronto building into our new home at Evergreen Brick Works. Built on the lessons learned over nearly 20 years of working across the country with Canadians from all walks of life, this unique community environmental centre will both inspire and be inspired by our ongoing national programming. Thanks to all of you who have been part of this work along the way. Together we are bringing nature back to cities.
The Latest and Greenest

Jenn and Joanne have some fun with our move bins. Photo: Laura Shaw.

Toronto Office Move

The bins have arrived to pack up our national office, and we're getting ready for our big move to the Centre for Green Cities at Evergreen Brick Works!

Children's Play Area at the Brick Works. Photo: Dominique Verstraeten.

Evergreen Brick Works Grand Opening

Join us in celebrating the Grand Opening of Evergreen Brick Works, September 25–26. Come see the transformation of this remarkable site.

Rows of Seedlings at one of Evergreen's Tree Nurseries.

Where Sustainability Begins

We are testing out exciting ways to be a social enterprise. We now have two native plant nurseries growing almost 4,000 trees for our restoration projects. Plus, our new retail store, Evergreen Gardens is bringing in funds that support our mission-driven programs.

Taking learning outside. Photo: Hilary Inwood.

Sending Teachers to Summer School

What did the teachers learn this summer? "I realized that most of the day could be spent outdoors with students doing various curriculum strands... and enjoying them!" Read more about our Outdoor Classroom Institute 2010, presented by Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds.

Tree Me: What tree species would you be? Find out and be the root of change.
In the Field
Take BAC Planting. Photo: Vera Gillman.

Youth Leaders are Green

The annual Take BAC youth engagement contest that challenges youth to green their communities recently wrapped up with an awards ceremony at Evergreen Brick Works. Congrats to everyone!

Tending the Community Garden at U of T Scarborough Campus.

A Growing Trend

Community gardens are incredibly popular in Vancouver, as evidenced by the waiting lists. Read more about this growing trend on our blog.

Summer Camp at the Brick Works. Photo: Michelle Laporte.

Summer Camp in the City

Art, food, plants and action! Fifteen adventurous young campers descended on Evergreen Brick Works as the first week of The Green City Adventure Camp kicked off!

Planting at the City Hall community garden. Photo: Jaime Kowal Photography.

Community Action

From a super-elite task force sent to help the endangered streambank lupine, to transforming the landscape at Still Creek and making the community gardens at City Hall beautiful, Vancouver is bursting with summer success stories.

Tools and Tips
Students make use of their outdoor classroom.

Apply Now for School Ground Greening Grants

The Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds grant applications are now available online and will be accepted starting September 7.

Beaver Lodge Fort provides a shady spot for this youngster. Photo: Lyle Sadovy.

Inspiring Projects

Designing shady spots is vital to health, and walking on a barefoot path just feels great! For pretty gardens in vertical spaces, why not try a pocket garden? Great green projects start here.

One Bin Composter. Photo: Evergreen.

Compost How To

Download our new free fact sheet for simple instructions on setting up your very own backyard compost. (PDF, 450 kB)

Designing a Mosaic Path. Photo: Diane Sales.

How to Build a Mosaic Garden Path

Students at Westwood Elementary School in Prince George, BC created a mosaic path in their school yard. Learn how to make your own.

Supporters of the Season
Biking to the Brick Works. Photo: Kourosh Javidi.


Starbucks has partnered with Evergreen for the past seven years by supporting Evergreen's Earth Day event in Vancouver and volunteering at many Evergreen events. But with a new national partnership, we're greening communities across the nation. Read more.

blank Eglinton Flats planting for Earth Day. Photo: Kate Schneider.

The Home Depot Canada Foundation

The results are in on The Home Depot Canada Foundation's "Paper Hammer" campaign, in which customers were asked to make a $2 donation at their nearby Home Depot retail location. Read more.

Canine visitor to Brick Works. Photo: Miguel Hortiguela.

Nestlé Purina

Nestlé Purina's "Paws for the Planet" initiative invites pet owners to pledge to help make our pets' lives greener. Thanks to Nestlé Purina for inspiring pet owners, and sponsoring Evergreen's Stewardship & Restoration program, creating a greener world for everyone to enjoy. Read more.

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Newest Supporters

New gifts of $10,000 or more, March 27–August 18, 2010

Back to Nature

BC Teachers' Foundation

BMO InvestorLine

Burt's Bees

Capital One

The Chawkers Foundation

CIBC Mellon

City of Toronto, Environmental Office

The Community Foundation of Mississauga

Community Foundation of Ottawa

The Foundation of Greater Montreal

GE Café

General Mills

The Home Depot Canada Foundation

HSBC Bank Canada


John & Pat McCutcheon Foundation

Life is Good Wine

Manulife Financial

The Minto Group


Nestlé Purina

Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund

Ontario Ministry of the Environment

Out to Lunch Cuisine Inc.

Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc.

Starbucks Coffee Canada

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

Toronto and Region Conservation

Transcontinental Inc.

Vancouver Foundation

Walmart Canada


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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: Mike Derblich (top), Laura Shaw (Toronto Move), Dominique Verstraeten (Children's Play Area/Grand Opening story), Hilary Inwood (Outdoor Classroom Institute), Vera Gillman (Take BAC Planting), Michelle Laporte (Summer Camp), Jaime Kowal Photography (Vancouver City Hall Community Garden), Diane Sales (Mosaic Path), Lyle Sadovy (Beaver Lodge Fort), Kourosh Javidi (Bike to Brick Works), Kate Schneider (Home Depot Story/Eglinton Flats Planting), Miguel Hortiguela (Nestlé Purina Story/Canine visitor).

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