RAIN Garden Master Class: new session

Green Communities Canada is once again offering the online RAIN Garden Master Class.

Starting 13 May, participants will have access to six hour-long classes, interactive mentoring from experts, and online peer support while they build their first garden. Those who complete a rain garden within six months will receive certification in this emerging eco-landscaping trend.

Cost $100. Register.

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Join the call for federal leadership on active transportation

Champions of active transportation have issued a fresh call for federal leadership in making Canada a great place for active transportation. (See letter, signed by 23 prominent organizations.)

Supporters should write to Minister of Transportation Marc Garneau. Please copy your MP and other government contacts, as well as Clifford Maynes, and Anders Swanson.

The call for federal action is prompted by two exciting developments:

  • publication of an October 2018 report by a committee of the Council of Ministers Responsible for Transportation and Highway Safety.
  • resolution calling for federal leadership on active transportation by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, June 2018.

Both initiatives support a strong role for the federal government in implementing active transportation, and in coordinating the work of other levels of government and stakeholders.

The call for action proposes a collaborative approach that includes NGOs, and professional and business associations. The call is led by a broad alliance of cycling, walking, and active school organizations, represented by Vélo Canada Bikes, Green Communities Canada (Canada Walks), and Active School Travel Canada.

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Get on the mailing list – RAIN Garden Master Class

Our RAIN Garden Master Class sold out. But you can get on a waiting list for the next session by emailing GCC Water Programs Manager Alix Taylor at [email protected]

The Master Class offers certification in this emerging eco-landscaping field, and provides learning and mentoring from leading experts while you design and build your first rain garden.

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Reducing carbon emissions

GCC member organizations City Green Solutions, Reep Green Solutions, and reThink Green are working with municipalities to foster deep carbon emissions.

Each has received a Transition 2050 grant through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP).

The grants, funded by the Government of Canada, have been awarded to 10 organizations to support municipalities, in regions across the country, develop plans and policies for carbon emission reduction projects.

City Green Solutions, Victoria, BC, will advise on low carbon heating systems through retrofits.

Reep Green Solutions, Kitchener, ON, will undertake pilot projects in the building and transportation sectors.

reThink Green, Sudbury, ON will work to enhance municipal staff literacy on climate mitigation, and developing municipal energy profiles, GHG inventories, and climate policy resources.

The MCIP initiative will help Canadian municipalities reach emission targets set by the Paris Agreement.

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Ringing endorsement for GCC program

Walking the Rural Way,” a Brockville-based project funded by Ontario Active School Travel, received a letter of endorsement from local Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands & Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark. Clark marked the 28 November project launch with hearty congratulations:

“I wish everyone involved in this wonderful project the best of success and I’m confident other communities will soon recognize this is a great idea and we’ll see them picking up the pace to catch up to our stride.”

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GCC is hiring

Our Active School Travel team is hiring a full-time School Travel Planning Facilitator for Toronto. The Facilitator will assist schools with traffic congestion and safety concerns to develop solutions to promote active and sustainable travel for students. Apply by 11 January.

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