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Giving Tuesday: #ReasonsToGive

Giving Tuesday: #ReasonsToGive

Help Green Communities Canada bring climate change action to your community by supporting our work on Giving Tuesday, 29 November. Donations to the Green Communities Foundation, our charitable affiliate, will help us continue to offer programs that combat flooding...

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Here we grow again!

Here we grow again!

Visitors at Seedy Saturday (hosted by Environment Lethbridge) GCC is pleased to announce Environment Lethbridge is its newest member organization. Founded in 2012, Environment Lethbridge provides residents and businesses with the tools and knowledge they need to live...

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GCNews September: GCC staff on the move

GCNews September: GCC staff on the move

Kate Berry, GCC Program Director, has accepted a position with the City of Guelph’s Engineering and Transportation Department. Trained as a civil engineer, the move allows Kate to pursue her goal of attaining Professional Engineer status. Kate joined GCC six years ago...

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GCNews August 2022: Join our Energy department

GCNews August 2022: Join our Energy department

  We’re looking for a Quality Assurance Manager to support our growing residential energy services. This is an opportunity for a Registered Energy Advisor to take on progressive responsibilities to support core EnerGuide services at a national level. Apply by 15...

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Five steps to maximize benefits from a home energy retrofit

Five steps to maximize benefits from a home energy retrofit

Energy retrofits play a critical role in helping tackle climate change. As a bonus, they help you save on your energy bills too. Retrofitting may improve or replace lighting, windows and doors, heating, cooling, and hot water systems, or add insulation and...

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GCNews July 2022: Meet GCC’s summer staff

GCNews July 2022: Meet GCC’s summer staff

Tianna Mighty (left) and Charlotte Estey (right) have joined GCC for the summer months. Based in Winnipeg, MB, Tianna is working with our Green Infrastructure and Administrative Teams as Program Impact Support staff. She’s assisting with program development, impact...

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GCNews June 2022: Our staff are getting noticed

GCNews June 2022: Our staff are getting noticed

We know they’re doing amazing work, and the outside world is taking notice too – Executive Director Brianna Salmon and Water Programs Lead Emily Amon have both been nominated for awards. Brianna is nominated for a Canada’s Clean50 individual award in the Advocates...

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GCNews May 2022: Electrifying the ride to school

GCNews May 2022: Electrifying the ride to school

An estimated 2.2 million Canadian children take the school bus each year, exposing them to air pollution from diesel-fueled vehicles. Green Communities Canada, in partnership with Équiterre, is working to change that by greening the school bus commute. The Canadian...

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GCNews April 2022: GCC unveils its new Strategic Plan

GCNews April 2022: GCC unveils its new Strategic Plan

Green Communities Canada is excited to unveil its new Strategic Plan. Building on more than 25 years of collective impact as a leading community-based climate action movement, the new plan maps how we will work together with our members from across the country to...

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New Canadian Alliance calls on Electric School Bus advocates

New Canadian Alliance calls on Electric School Bus advocates

Montréal (Québec), Peterborough (Ontario), April 21, 2022 – On this eve of Earth Day, Équiterre and Green Communities Canada are thrilled to launch the new Canadian Electric School Bus Alliance (CESBA): an initiative that aims to accelerate the electrification of...

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11 native spring-blooming plants for your rain garden

11 native spring-blooming plants for your rain garden

As they say, “April-showers bring May-flowers.” Planning ahead is important to build and maintain a garden that will have flowers blooming throughout the year. A low-maintenance rain garden is a great landscape feature that can beautify your property, as well as...

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GCNews March 2022: Recycle your ride

GCNews March 2022: Recycle your ride

Car Heaven features the work of Green Communities Canada and its charitable affiliate the Green Communities Foundation this month. Car Heaven is a national charitable vehicle recycling program that lets you get rid of your old...

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GCNews February 2022: GCC expands into the Maritimes

GCNews February 2022: GCC expands into the Maritimes

Green Communities Canada welcomes two new members from New Brunswick – ACAP Saint John and the Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance Inc. ACAP Saint John has a solid reputation solving environmental problems and mediating contentious environmental issues. Their programming...

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GCNews January 2022: Brianna’s green wish for 2022

GCNews January 2022: Brianna’s green wish for 2022

GreenUP asked local Peterborough, ON visionaries to share their environmental hopes for the new year, and here’s what Green Communities Canada Executive Director Brianna Salmon had to say: My green wish for 2022 is that communities across the country come together to...

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Ho, ho, hold the holiday waste

Ho, ho, hold the holiday waste

The holidays can generate a lot of waste - according to Zero Waste Canada, Canadians generate 545,000 tonnes of waste from gift wrapping and shopping bags alone. Add in food waste, packaging, and unused gifts, and household waste can increase more that 25% over the...

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Women leading on climate

Women leading on climate

GCC Executive Director Brianna Salmon and Water Programs Lead Emily Amon posted videos in response to former Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna’s Women Leading On Climate campaign. The campaign called on women and girls to share stories about...

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Creating car-free ‘School Streets’ around Ontario schools

Creating car-free ‘School Streets’ around Ontario schools

Green Communities Canada (GCC) is proud to introduce the Ontario School Streets Pilot project, which is testing the creation of car-free zones in streets adjacent to schools in three Canadian cities: Hamilton, Markham, and Mississauga. Each local pilot is being led on the ground by the local municipality and will develop recommendations for the planning, permitting, and implementation of School Streets programs in municipal settings.

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Identifying best practices in walking and wheeling skills training programs

Identifying best practices in walking and wheeling skills training programs

Green Communities Canada and Stuckless Consulting Inc. have partnered on a new project focused on walking & wheeling skills training in schools. Funded through Ontario Active School Travel, the core objective of the project is to enable efficient collaboration across communities on the delivery of in-school training by providing expert guidance, as well as access to vetted processes and tools.

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GCC has a new member!

GCC has a new member!

Saskatchewan Environmental Society (SES) is Green Communities Canada’s newest member organization. SES has been working on environmental issues in Saskatchewan for the past 50 years. Formed as a local Saskatoon, volunteer-run organization, SES has grown into a...

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Meet our newest staff members

Meet our newest staff members

GCC welcomes two new staff members to the team. Christine Mettler (pictured left) joins the Water Department as Project Manager for the Living Cities Canada: Green For All project. Christine has more than a decade of experience in the environmental sector, with a...

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GCC welcomes new Board members

Kevin Dunbar, Ami Gagné, Tom Du, Michael Jacobs, and Melanie Reixach-Wong were appointed to GCC’s Board of Directors at the 2021 Annual General meeting. Appointed for three year terms, they bring an impressive array of experience and talent to the 12 member Board....

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And the winners are…

And the winners are…

London Environmental Network (LEN) is the 2021 Green Community Member of the Year. LEN took home the honours at GCC’s Annual General Meeting, held 28 June. LEN joined GCC in 2020 and has been an active member, generously sharing its knowledge and expertise with GCC...

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Brianna Salmon is GCC’s new ED

Brianna Salmon is GCC’s new ED

Green Communities Canada (GCC) is excited to announce Brianna Salmon has been hired as Executive Director, effective July 2021. “We are thrilled Brianna is taking the helm during this critical period,” says GCC Board Chair Shannon Costigan. “Canada has ambitious...

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Coping during COVID

Coping during COVID

Getting outside, decorating donuts, and gardening are some of the ways GCC staff are coping as we move into the second year (and hopefully last months!) of the pandemic. According to experts, it’s normal to feel increased levels of stress and anxiety, but there...

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GCC welcomes two new members

Green Communities Canada is delighted to welcome two new members into the GCC fold. EnviroCentre, based in Ottawa, ON, provides practical solutions to help people and organizations lighten their environmental impact. Programming focuses on homes, transportation,...

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GCC is hiring an Executive Director

Green Communities Canada is looking for a change maker committed to bringing communities together for a vibrant, equitable, and sustainable future. This is a dynamic position for a collaborative, team-oriented leader to elevate the collective impact of our...

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Celebrating women

Celebrating women

80% of the non-profit workforce in Canada is made up of women. Their work is vital to caring for their families and their communities, especially during the pandemic. In recognition of International Women’s Day earlier this week we salute Canadian women and the women...

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GCC has a new home

GCC has a new home

With a majority of our staff working remotely from locations across Canada, GCC has relocated to a smaller, resource efficient space. Still headquartered in Peterborough, ON, we are now located at The Mount Community Centre. The Mount is a 10-acre parcel of land in...

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Happy New Year – a video message

Happy New Year – a video message

"It's going to take all of us doing our part and working together to tackle the complex problems we face in 2021," says GCC Executive Director Carol Steuri. Carol shares her thoughts on the year ahead in a video message - click on image to watch. Click here to read...

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Make your holiday zero waste

Make your holiday zero waste

This holiday season, with a little help from our member organizations, you can spread cheer without creating tonnes of waste.  Giftwrap and shopping bags alone generate 545,000 tonnes of waste in Canada. Stay off the giftwrapping naughty list and still wrap up your...

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Ontario Active School Travel Fund open for new applications

Ontario Active School Travel Fund open for new applications

Green Communities Canada (GCC) is pleased to announce that Round 3 of the Ontario Active School Travel Fund is now open for applications from communities across the province.  The objective of the Fund is to increase active school travel (AST) opportunities for...

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Ontario supports active school travel

Ontario supports active school travel

Green Communities Canada is delighted to announce the Government of Ontario has confirmed new financial support for the Ontario Active School Travel program. GCC will receive $1.5 million from the Ministry of Education’s Priorities & Partnerships Fund to continue...

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Updated active transportation resources for students

Updated active transportation resources for students

Just in time for back to school - our Ontario Active School Travel website features updated pedestrian and cycling safety resources. Check them out on the Steps to Success page under the Education section. Click here to read the full GCNews August edition.

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And the winners are….

And the winners are….

Green Venture, Hamilton, ON, took home Green Community Member of the Year honours at the 2020 GC Awards presentation.   Celebrating it’s 25th anniversary, Green Venture was recognized for the countless programs it has...

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Environmental work and social justice go hand in hand

The past few weeks have been both heartbreaking and inspiring. We have seen Black and Indigenous people reach a collective breaking point and come together to demand justice and change. In our hearts and minds, we have heard these demands and know that we must do our...

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Announcing our new Executive Director

Announcing our new Executive Director

GCC’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce Carol Steuri is our new Executive Director.  Carol joins GCC with over 15 years’ experience in marketing, communications and strategy across a variety of sectors and industries in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Her...

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GCC lobbies for sector support

GCC lobbies for sector support

Green Communities Canada Board Chair Chris Birchall is advocating for federal aid to help non-profits and charities weather the COVID-19 storm.  In a letter to the Prime Minister, Birchall notes that while GCC appreciates the many efforts taken by the federal...

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GCC hits the quarter century mark

GCC hits the quarter century mark

This month marks the 25th anniversary of Green Communities Canada (GCC).  GCC was founded in April 1995 at a gathering in Cornwall, ON, as a province-wide network of community organizations committed to the delivery of positive,...

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We’re hiring a new Executive Director!

We’re hiring a new Executive Director!

Green Communities Canada is looking for a dynamic Executive Director to lead our organization to new successes.  As Executive Director, you will work with innovators from across the country to support collective action for climate change. Along with our team of...

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We’re recruiting Board members

We’re recruiting Board members

Green Communities Canada is looking for two volunteers who share our passion for the environment to join our national Board of Directors.  As a Director you will participate in deliberations and decisions regarding strategic direction, programming, fundraising,...

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GCC seeks consultants

GCC seeks consultants

Green Communities Canada has issued Requests for Proposals for:   an Online Learning Consultant to support and guide the design and delivery of on-line courses offered by its Water Department. Applications due 24 January 2020, 5 pm ET; and  a Program Evaluation...

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Support a greener future this holiday season

Support a greener future this holiday season

Help create a green and healthy future for all by making a donation to the Green Communities Foundation.  The Green Communities Foundation is the charitable affiliate of Green Communities Canada (GCC). The Foundation engages GCC in delivering projects that improve the...

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Welcome Oakvillegreen

Welcome Oakvillegreen

Welcome Oakvillegreen Green Communities Canada welcomes our newest member organization: Oakvillegreen Conservation Association. Oakville’s largest residents association works to protect the environment and promote sustainable planning and urban forest stewardship....

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Water program intern hiring

Water program intern hiring

Green Communities Canada seeks a passionate, self-directed young professional for the position of Water Programs Coordinator.  Working with senior staff, the Coordinator will help develop and implement programs, and contribute ideas to address environmental...

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An invitation to make history – Global Climate Strike

An invitation to make history – Global Climate Strike

Green Communities Canada is endorsing and participating in the upcoming Global Climate Strike, 20-27 September.  To date, the climate strike has been led by young people around the world. Now we are all being asked to join in and demand action on the climate...

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Depave is ripping up Ontario

Depave is ripping up Ontario

Supported by a three-year grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Depave Paradise has transformed grey school yards, campuses, churches, downtown properties, and city parks into beautiful green spaces. In the last 18 months,15 depaves have been completed and more...

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RAIN gardens and Depave awards

RAIN gardens and Depave awards

RAIN Garden Master Class: new session: Green Communities Canada is once again offering the online RAIN Garden Master Class, starting 13 May; Hoping for investments: GCC Water Programs Manager Clara Blakelock was asked about her hopes for the next four years at the...

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Fall Flood Prevention Tips for your Home

Fall Flood Prevention Tips for your Home

The seasons are shifting, bringing with them colder temperatures, equal length days and nights, crisp falling leaves, bird migration, pumpkin-spiced everything, and… the dreaded fall flood.  When talking about floods, we mostly imagine the snowmelt and heavy rainfall...

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10 Native Autumn/Fall-Interest Plants for your Rain Garden

10 Native Autumn/Fall-Interest Plants for your Rain Garden

Autumn, like spring, is the perfect time to drop your plants! Unlike summer, when new plants need watering to settle in for the season, nature does much of the watering, with rain, in the milder seasons.   Perennials planted in the fall will overwinter and come back...

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