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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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Active school travel funding available

The second call for proposals for the Ontario Active School Travel Fund is now open.

The Fund seeks to increase physical activity opportunities for Ontario students by expanding active school travel programs for elementary age children. The goal is to have more students walk, cycle, scoot, and skateboard on their daily school journeys.

Ontario communities are invited to submit partnership-based applications. Due 21 December. 

For more information on the Fund and the application process, register to attend the Fund Overview webinar 21 November. 

The Ontario Active School Travel Fund is financially supported by the Government of Ontario.

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Provincial training features Dundas depave

Depave Paradise managers from across Ontario gathered in Hamilton in September for a three-day training event that culminated in a depave at a local elementary school. Armed with pry bars and shovels, the managers joined school children and volunteers to remove 172 square metres of pavement at Yorkview Elementary School in Dundas.

Sandy Shaw, MPP Hamilton West–Ancaster–Dundas, and Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) volunteer Anne Tennier, were on hand to see how a three-year $740,000 province-wide OTF Grow grant awarded to Green Communities Canada (GCC) is making a difference in their community.

“Thanks to the funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, transformational environmental projects across our Province and right here in Dundas are made possible. It is truly inspiring to see what can be accomplished when students along with community partners work together to enrich where we live, work and play,” said MPP Shaw.

The Dundas depave is one of 36 Depave Paradise projects GCC will complete by 2021 with support from OTF.

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