Greenest City is an established non-profit with award-winning programming and is nationally accredited with Imagine Canada. Greenest City builds healthy inclusive neighbourhoods through education and empowerment to preserve, protect and improve the environment. We aim to increase the public’s understanding on environmental issues, provide programs that protect and preserve the environment and conduct and disseminate research related to the environment.
Since inception in 1996, Greenest City (GC) has worked with Toronto’s communities to take action to improve air quality, better the health of residents, regenerate urban life and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As a charitable organization we are dedicated to creating innovative projects that promote health, support community action, and enhance social and environmental justice in Toronto. Our programs create opportunities for social and environmental change by equipping and inspiring residents of all ages and backgrounds to achieve local solutions to improve the state of the environment. Our four main areas of focus include: urban agriculture/food security, environmental education, community engagement and growing a green economy.
Throughout the years Greenest City has initiated a variety of successful city and province wide programs: Active and Safe Routes to School (ASRTS). ASRTS raised awareness concerning climate change and air pollution, effectively contributing to greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction. As well, ASRTS works with schools and local communities to encourage safer routes for students to walk or cycle to school. The participation in this incredibly successful program grew from its humble beginnings to include more than 600 schools across Ontario, reaching a quarter of a million students, teachers, school staff, and parents.
Greenest City also started and ran the Cool Shops program for several years. It has since gone on to be managed by the Clean Air Foundation (CAF). This program worked closely with small retailers to help them make their stores more energy efficient.
Greenest City also has published best practice guides for social programming such as community gardening and youth environmental education.
Furthermore, Greenest City has helped over 45 communities start community gardens across the GTA since inception, as part of the Multicultural Greening Project, and GC continually receives requests to initiate more.
As of April 2014, Greenest City joined some of the top leading organizations across Canada by achieving Imagine Canada’s Accreditation. The Standards Program is a Canada-wide set of shared standards for charities and nonprofits designed to demonstrate best practices in five fundamental areas: board governance; financial accountability and transparency; fundraising; staff management; and volunteer involvement. Having this accreditation enables the general public to have confidence that we operate efficiently and are aligned with national best practices. It also helps us mitigate risk by ensuring that staff and volunteers understand and meet their legal, financial and fiduciary responsibilities.
Greenest City builds healthy inclusive neighbourhoods through education and empowerment to preserve, protect and improve the environment.
To organize or participate in environmental projects designed to:
• preserve and protect flora and fauna;
• preserve, protect and restore rivers; or
• improve the urban environment.
To educate and increase the public’s understanding of the environment and its importance by offering courses, seminars, conferences and meetings and by collecting and disseminating information on that topic.
To develop and provide programs promoting the protection and preservation of the environment through re-use, reduction, recycling and recovery of waste and to educate institutions, industries, businesses, and individuals about efficient waste management systems.
To conduct research relating to the environment and to disseminate the results of such research.