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Evergreen News - Summer 2011
A father and daughter take a moment to relax in front of the ponds. Photo: Geoff Fitzgerald.
Nothin' but Blue Skies

It’s a wonderful time of year: You can slow down, enjoy the sun, and recharge.

In this issue you’ll be amazed by garden and greening projects that are popping up across Canada. And with grant season around the corner, you will have plenty of opportunities to get in on the action. You’ll also learn about some exciting new initiatives at Evergreen that connect our work on the ground with innovative ideas and people driving change throughout the world.

Have a safe and happy summer!

The Latest and Greenest
Evergreen Brick Works with the city of Toronto in the background. Photo: Michelle Scrivener.

Here We Grow!

The Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation announced new funding for an exciting project at Evergreen Brick Works that will bring together a unique mix of innovators in urban sustainability—from entrepreneurs and city planners to top academics and scientists. Stay tuned as we roll out the project’s new website soon!

Orchard trees set against the industrial buildings at the GNW Campus.

Great Northern Way Community Orchard

At Vancouver’s Great Northern Way Campus, Evergreen BC’s new urban orchard is taking root, and gathering a community of innovators under its branches.

Apple blue cheese tartlets. Photo: Edward Pond.

Fifth Annual Picnic at the Brick Works

The Picnic at the Brick Works is back again this year to celebrate the local harvest and show our support for our farmers and producers.

Imaging your city with nature. Photo: Jaime Kowal.

Volunteer Story Contest

Send us your story about volunteering and we’ll post the best to our blog! Get full details here.

In the Field
Building and filling garden boxes at the CNIB Yellowknife. Photo: CNIB.

Gardening by Braille

In the land of the 24-hour sun, the CNIB Yellowknife is building a garden for the blind and feeding a community.

Les Amis de la Montagne's tent at Biodiversity Day planting in Montreal. Photo: Evergreen.

Biodiversity Day in Montreal

Spirits (and humidity!) were high as Les Amis de la Montagne and Evergreen celebrated International Biodiversity Day on Montreal’s Mount Royal.

Thank-you letter from student Larry to Evergreen.

Letters From Cute Kids

We get the best mail at Evergreen and couldn’t resist the urge to share this one with you. Find out why Larry loves his outdoor classroom.

Parag and Ayesha Khanna.

Smart Cities

Ayesha and Parag Khanna were at EBW in June to discuss innovation in urban centres around the world. Watch the discussion and lecture online and find out what smart cities of the future will look like.

Tools and Tips
A man and young boy pull invasive plants at a stewardship event in Calgary.

Fido–Evergreen Quick Start Grants

Keep an eye out for the new Fido–Evergreen Quick Start Grants, supporting community-based greening programs across Canada. Applications will be available online August 22.

Edmonton participants creating a 'Land Art' installation by outlining their shadows with leaves. Photo: Claudia Bolli.

Summer School for Teachers

Get the tools to take your class outside. Register today for the Outdoor Classroom Institute. Sessions take place in Edmonton, Winnipeg and Toronto.

Students at Westmount school begin greening their schoolground. Photo: Evergreen.

Green Your School Ground in 2011–2012

Applications for the 2011–12 Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds Grant program will be available in mid-August. Save the date!

Cattail on the pond. Photo: Christine Martin.

The Cattail

This familiar plant is found in wetlands across Canada and is useful to both animals and people. Learn more about this native plant we love.

Supporters of the Season
Maple leaf in water. Photo: Alisa Oventhal.


In partnership with Evergreen, Fido’s new Share Your Care™ campaign is offering $100,000 in support of 20 community greening projects throughout Canada.

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Evergreen is pleased to announce a $100,000 partnership with Energizer Canada Inc., encouraging Canadians to “Do Something Little, Help Something Big.”

Youth from Take BAC with Evergreen staff watch for wildlife in the pond. Photo: Vera Gillman.


Across Canada, over a thousand children and youth who rarely get a chance to climb trees or feel the grass under their feet will be getting an opportunity to connect with nature.

blank Eating salad harvested from the school garden.

Bridgestone Canada, Inc. (BSCA)

Thanks to support from Bridgestone, students and teachers in Edmonton and Mississauga are realizing their dreams of green school grounds.

Newest Supporters

New gifts of $10,000 or more, March 1–July 31, 2011

Coast Capital Savings

Energizer Canada Inc.

ING Direct

Intact Foundation


Molson Coors Canada

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs

Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation

Starbucks Coffee Canada

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

Timberland 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: Geoff Fitzgerald (Top image), Michelle Scrivener (EBW and Toronto skyline), Edward Pond (Picnic), Jaime Kowal (Volunteer story), Claudia Bolli (OCI), Christine Martin (Cattails), Alisa Oventhal (Maple leaf), Vera Gillman (HSBC).

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