In the fall of 1990, two university friends and I began to develop plans to support green schools and tree planting in urban areas. On May 1, 1991 we hosted an event on Toronto’s waterfront called “Tree Day” and launched Evergreen as an environmental charity.
We had some big ideas and they quickly gained momentum as the wider community embraced our efforts. Thanks to the energy, passion and dedication of our donors, partners, supporters, volunteers and staff, here we still are—bringing nature to schools, communities and homes throughout Canada.
And while our goal of making Canadian cities livable has not changed in the last two decades, our ability to make it happen has grown tremendously.
At Evergreen Brick Works, our new home in Toronto, we’re putting our ideas to the test in a new way. We have created a community environmental centre located in a spectacular industrial heritage site. It is many things: a vibrant public space featuring a local farmers’ market and retail garden centre; a showcase of sustainable design; an educational playground for green living; and an international hub that fosters new ideas in urban innovation.
These are big and bold efforts. But to be meaningful, we must continue to touch people in real, tangible ways—on the ground, in their schools, parks and communities. And that’s why Evergreen will continue to engage individuals and groups across the country, bringing nature and community together for the benefit of both.
Here’s to another 20 years working together for a greener future for all Canadians.
Geoff Cape, Executive Director and Co-founder, Evergreen