Green Communities Canada is a membership organization.
As a formal membership organization, GCC is governed with contributions from our members. They do this by electing the Board of Directors, approving changes in the by-laws, and authorizing major structural transitions.
We work with our members to provide targeted resources and supports that increase our collective impact, including:
- networking and peer learning
- capacity building opportunities
- services to support joint programming, and
- innovative program and policy leadership.
Our members are organizations that deliver a wide range of environmental programs and services. They are incorporated non-profits, with paid staff, volunteer boards, and strong partnerships, who lead on-the-ground change in their communities.
Our members share eight core principles that ground our collective work and approach
We recognize the urgent need for bold climate action.
Greenhouse gas emissions must be significantly reduced and communities must be supported to adapt.
We commit to an inclusive and justice-focused approach.
The needs and voices of vulnerable and marginalized communities must be prioritized to address inequities.
We honour Indigenous rights, jurisdiction, and perspectives.
Reconciliation is an ongoing commitment made through restorative actions, words, and relations.
We embrace the leadership of local actors and organizations.
Communities are on the frontlines of climate change and locally led responses are the most dynamic and durable.
We work collaboratively to strengthen and mobilize our sector.
The climate crisis requires collective action and a sustained investment in mutual-support systems.
We are guided by scientific data, and by local and traditional knowledge.
Sound and inclusive decision-making considers scientific evidence and diverse lived experiences.
We measure and transparently report on our impact.
Consistent and accountable communication creates opportunities for shared understanding, growth, and reflection.
We respect each other's areas of service and programming.
Coordinated and mutually supportive approaches deepen our impact, as organizations and as a network.