Our History

Since inception in 1996, Greenest City 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 we have 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.

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.