Architecture for Humanity
Architecture for Humanity Toronto is a volunteer organization that promotes architectural and design solutions, as well as advocacy and public education to help build a sustainable and socially equitable living and working environment in Toronto. The Toronto group is a local Canadian chapter of Architecture for Humanity International, a non-profit organization, founded in 1999 to foster architectural solutions to global, social and humanitarian crises. It's diverse membership includes architects, planners and designers, as well as activists, students, and concerned citizens, brought together by the common goal of transforming Toronto into a beautiful, livable and sustainable city.
Centre for City Ecology
CCE offers community members opportunities to participate more fully in the discussion about this city's planning and development. When community members have the capacity to use their intimate knowledge of their neighbourhoods to develop shared visions for the future of their communities and to communicate those visions with decision-makers, then a more livable, resilient city will emerge. Check out events hosted by the CCE.
Cultivate Toronto (CultivateTO) is a non-profit organization with the goal of turning urban backyards into a sustainable source of fresh, organic food for its inhabitants. Fuelled by a passion for healthy living, local organic produce, and environmental responsibility, we hope to spark a new revolution in sustainable urban living by providing the freshest, tastiest, urban-grown produce to GTA residents. Our backyard Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) program is an innovative adaptation of the increasingly popular CSA model for alternative agriculture, and part of a greater movement towards access to safe, local food. Share your yard!
Evergreen is a national charity that makes cities more livable. By convening environmental innovators, city builders and researchers at the forefront of the emerging green economy, and engaging Canadians to be part of the conversation and solution, Evergreen is helping to create sustainable cities. At Evergreen Brick Works, our global showcase for green design and innovation, we are actively exploring and showcasing the leading-edge ideas, technologies and solutions for urban sustainability.
- Keep up-to-date on what's going on at Evergreen Brickworks
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Fort York is a historic site museum that contains Canada's largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Fort York is open year-round and offers tours, exhibits, period settings, and seasonal demonstrations. During the summer months, the site comes alive with the colour and the pageantry of the Fort York Guard. Fort York also provides a wide variety of education programmes for groups of all ages. Since 2008, Fort York has also been home to an on-site Community Garden.
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is a not-for-profit industry association working to promote green roof and green wall technology throughout North America. The organization's mission is to increase the awareness of the economic, social and environmental benefits of green roofs and green walls, and other forms of living architecture through education, advocacy, professional development and celebrations of excellence. Check out events hosted by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.
Jane's Walk celebrates the ideas and legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs by getting people out exploring their neighbourhoods and meeting their neighbours. Free walking tours held on the first weekend of May each year are led by locals who want to create a space for residents to talk about what matters to them in the places they live and work. Since its inception in Toronto in 2007, Jane's Walk has expanded rapidly. In May of 2013, more than 800 walks were held in over 100 cities in 22 countries worldwide.
LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests)
LEAF is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and improvement of the urban forest. Since 1996, LEAF has actively engaged residents in urban forest stewardship through:
- Planting — subsidized Residential Planting Programs and hands on public projects
- Education — guided tree tours, presentations and workshops
- Training — Tree Tenders Volunteer Training Program
Mike Layton, Councillor, City of Toronto Ward 19
Mike Layton is a resident of Ward 19 and has lived in Trinity-Spadina for over 25 years. Before being elected in 2010 to serve as one of Toronto's youngest Councillors, Mike worked for political change as an environmental leader and community organizer. Keep up-to-date on community events in Ward 19.
North American Native Plant Society
NANPS is a volunteer-operated registered charitable organization concerned with preserving native plant habitat in wild areas and restoring indigenous flora to developed areas. Its key purpose is to provide information and inspire an appreciation of native plants with an aim to restoring healthy ecosystems across the continent. NANPS believes that nature belongs in urban, suburban, and rural areas as much as in remote areas.
Not Far From the Tree
Not Far From The Tree puts Toronto's fruit to good use by picking and sharing the bounty. When a homeowner can't keep up with the abundant harvest produced by their tree, they let us know and we mobilize our volunteers to pick the bounty. The harvest is split three ways: 1/3 is offered to the tree owner, 1/3 is shared among the volunteers, and 1/3 is delivered by bicycle to be donated to food banks, shelters and community kitchens in the neighbourhood. Register your tree with Not Far From The Tree!
Park People is the catalyst for better parks across Toronto. The organization is working with more than 75 park friends groups, city workers and other partners to plant more trees and gardens, fix broken infrastructure and get more people out celebrating their communities through parks. Check out the Park People event listing.
The PINE Project
The p.i.n.e. project's mission is to build healthy communities deeply connected to the natural environment. It delivers programs focused on building relationships between self, others, and the environment. Using music, drama, storytelling, naturalist studies, stewardship, survival skills, outdoor adventures, intergenerational learning, games, and play we weave a "culture of nature connection". This empowers our mantra: be more, need less. Keep up-to-date on events happening with the p.i.n.e. project.
Sprout Guerrilla enables urban gardening with moss graffiti. Moss absorbs air pollution, just like a tree, and it can be used as an artistic medium. We help green urban spaces with moss art. Completely customizable, non-damaging to surfaces, easy to remove, and ecologically sound, moss art is a practical and beautiful way to make a powerful statement about urban ecology.
Toronto Balconies Bloom
Toronto Balconies Bloom is a volunteer project to inspire and support residents with balconies to create thriving balcony gardens in the city of Toronto. It shines a "grow-light" on balcony gardening and strengthens the community of local enthusiasts. Providing helpful information and resources, Toronto Balconies Bloom supports both communities and individuals. We encourage gardeners with diverse experience and interests to work together within individual buildings, neighbourhoods or community groups. This is our chance to bloom together!
Toronto Beekeepers Cooperative
Toronto Beekeepers Cooperative has evolved since 1985 to become a dynamic force in downtown Toronto's urban agriculture scene as beekeepers and educators. The Cooperative's goals are to: Create opportunities for individuals to learn about hive ecology and honey production; share knowledge by working with experienced beekeepers; promote awareness about bee culture and urban ecology; and support its members in starting beekeeping projects.
Toronto Green Community — Lost Rivers Walks
Toronto Green Community is a grassroots, non-profit organization that has been in existence since 1995 with a mission to engage Torontonians in environmental initiatives where they live, work and play. "Lost River Walks," is a joint project of the Toronto Green Community, Toronto Field Naturalists and community partners including Hike Ontario.
Toronto Master Gardeners
The Toronto Master Gardeners are volunteers committed to providing the public with horticultural information, education and inspiration. The resources and services available through this site are designed to help Toronto residents use safe, effective, proven and sustainable horticultural practices to create gardens, landscapes and communities that are both vibrant and healthy.
- Check out the Toronto Master Gardeners' gardening guides
- Have a gardening question? Ask a Master Gardener!
Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)
With decades of practical experience in protecting the environment, educating young people, and engaging communities, TRCA works with governments, businesses, and individuals to build a greener, cleaner healthier place to live.
Formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Hazel, TRCA has a strong history in watershed management and leadership in applying sustainability practices. Today, TRCA owns more than 40,000 acres of land in the Toronto region, employs more than 400 full time employees and coordinates more than 3,000 volunteers each year. Keep up-to-date on community events with the TRCA.
Toronto Seed Library
Seed libraries work much like conventional public libraries, but focus instead on lending organic, native, heirloom and open pollinated seeds. The TSL's primary focus is on providing free and easy access to viable seeds so that as many people as possible are growing their own organic food and to encourage and enable people to save seeds through awareness, education, and community celebrations aimed at reviving seed saving culture.