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Live Green Toronto Grant Recipients

More than 100 community-based green projects are underway with the support of Live Green Toronto grants - everything from community gardens, to green roofs, renewable energy installations, capital projects and more.

You'll find a brief description of each of the grant recipients, below. More detailed project summaries are available for some of the completed projects.

Read on and be inspired!

Spring 2010 Live Green Toronto Grant Recipients

Community Investment Program Fund

  • Afri-Can Food Basket: Cultivating Youth Leadership Urban Farm Project $22,200
    This project engages residents and youth in priority neighbourhoods in community back-yard vegetable, herb gardening and composting to increase health and access to healthy foods, and decrease their ecological footprint.

  • Bike Sauce: Bicycle Resource Centre $7,600
    Bike Sauce is a not-for-profit corporation that promotes cycling as a means of equitable transport, environmental protection, public health promotion and community building. The vision for Bike Sauce is to provide a hub in the east end of Toronto that includes an affordable Do-it-Yourself (DIY) repair facility and a social space for community members  to explore the many  benefits of cycling and its role in mitigating the emissions that contribute to climate change. It will achieve these goals through various approaches: bicycle repair and education, bicycle advocacy and a social lounge with access to resources on activism and campaign building.

  • BOLD (Beautification of Leslieville District) and South Riverdale Community Health Centre (SRCHC):  Leslieville / Riverdale Tree Planting and Tree Preservation Pilot Project $23,900
    Through this project, 60 volunteers will be trained and conduct outreach to 1100 homes in the Leslieville and Riverdale neighbourhoods with the goal of planting 150 trees through the City's front yard tree project, 50 back yard trees through Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF), and 50 native shrubs. and Read the full project summary.

  • The Compost Council of Canada:  Plant a Row-Grow a Row Presents Soup-a-Licious! $22,500
    This project will launch Soupalicious in Toronto; a harvest celebration that showcases Toronto restaurants and chefs creating soups featuring fresh, locally grown vegetables and the multicultural flavours of Toronto. A guide book will also be created to highlight local community gardens, provide tips on how to grow your own vegetables, and soup recipes based on local, seasonal produce. Read the full project summary.

  • Friends of Christie Pits Park (sponsor: Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre):  Urban Agriculture, Forestry and Sustainable Neighbourhoods Education Series $7,130
    Friends of Christie Pits Park will host an environmental educational series, with the goal of educating youth and adults in the community about the effects of climate change, and the actions they can take to reduce emissions and improve their resilience to climate change.

  • Green Screen Toronto (Sponsoring Org: Planet in Focus:  International Environmental Film and Video Festival):  Green Calculator for Toronto's Creative Industries $10,000
    This project will create a “green calculator” for use by the Toronto’s film/television industry and promote and track emission reductions.

  • Greenest City Environmental Organization:  Growing the Future  $22,000
    With a focus on promoting local food and community gardening in the community of south Parkdale, this projects will train and engage local youth in programs which will help them build new skills, such as after school programs, interactive workshops and other hands-on activities related to gardening and local food.

  • Jane/Finch Community Centre:  Green Change Project  $25,000
    Local community members will be trained to act as agents of change, and conduct door-to-door outreach in the neighbourhood to promote environmentally friendly behaviours that will help residents save energy, money and more. Read the full project summary.

  • Local Food Plus, Eating Our Way to a Better Environment-The Local Food Plus Approach $25,000
    A Toronto-wide campaign will be developed and launched to promote local food. The main shopper in 5,000 Toronto families will be asked to sign a pledge and commit to shift $10 of their weekly purchases from imported food to local, sustainable food.

  • Not Far From the Tree (sponsoring org: Popular Education Research Catalyst Centre):  Mapping, Tapping and Organizational Recapping  $25,000
    Not Far from the Tree will create an online and interactive map of public fruit trees in Toronto, expand their local maple tree tapping project, and establish a comprehensive business plan to expand their success. Read the full project summary.

  • PACT Pack Urban Peace Program (Sponsoring org: Canadian Foundation for the Prevention of Family Violence):  Schoolyard Garden and Urban Agriculture Program  $20,000
    This project will see six Toronto schools create community gardens on their properties, providing a venue for youth, teachers and community volunteers to come together to grow organic produce and donate to food banks across Toronto. Read the full project summary.

  • Preparing the Trail:  Preparing the Trail 2010 together with Tree Fest 2010--Toronto Island

    This project brings athletes, volunteers, and community supporters together at athletic events and tree planting events throughout the GTA. Preparing the Trail participants will compete in races and plant trees more than 20 events, and coordinate a spring planting in partnership with "Tree Fest 2010" on Toronto Island.

  • Ralph Thornton Centre:  Rivertowne Carbonbusters $25,000
    This project will create and utilize the Rivertowne Carbonbuster Theatre Troupe to educate the residents of the Rivertowne and South Riverdale neighbourhoods on greenhouse gas and smog reduction strategies and actions. The troupe will perform in local schools and expand their reach across Toronto, using community-engaged arts as a vehicle for environmental education.

  • The Social Phobia Support Group of Toronto (sponsor: Foodshare):  Growing People Growing Food $10,186
    A greenhouse will be created at CAMH which will provide people living with mental health issues with educational and hands-on opportunities to learn how to reduce their environmental impact, grow local and organic food and compost food waste.  The project will also create and provide workshops, film screenings, field trips and recreational opportunities that promote environmental awareness and stewardship.

  • Toronto United Church Council (TUCC):  The Green Awakening Network $25,000
    This project will engage 104 Toronto congregations in conversations to improve energy efficiency with an emphasis on funding options for CO2 reduction-related building retrofits. TUCC will help 12 churches undertake green audits and initial remediation planning and implementation, and support five congregations that are ready to take significant action. A guidebook will be created and made available to all faith groups.

  • United Nations Associations in Canada: Catching Rain $20,000
    The Catching Rain project is designed to engage tenant communities in Toronto to discuss and participate in water conservation practices through rainwater harvesting and reducing daily water use, in order to reduce the impacts of climate change and storm water. Project staff will work in collaboration with two Toronto Community Housing communities – Lawrence Heights and Warden Woods - to implement a Water Education and Rain Barrel campaign with youth and elders in the community. Read the full project summary.

  • La Casa Dona Juana:  The Hispanic Community Working Together for a greener City--La Comunidad Hispania Trabajando por una cuidad mas verde $24,742
    This project will educate the Hispanic community about actions they can take to reduce their energy use and greenhouse gas emissions through a series of educational programs and presentations provided in their first language. They will also create and broadcast a series of Public Service Announcements that promote environmentally friendly behaviours.

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Capital Projects Fund Recipients

  • Malvern Beautification Committee (Malvern Family Resource Centre):  Teaching and Living Green in Malvern $11,298
    About 900 square feet of underused land at 99 Blackwell will be reclaimed to create a teaching garden and composting system that , will be cared for by local residents. Educational workshops will also be offered, giving tenants and children living in the building a space in which to care for the garden, learn new skills, and learn how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • The Stop Community Food Centre:  Green Barn Neighbourhood Urban Agriculture Hub and Yes In My Backyard (YIMBY) $25,000
    Transforming the area surrounding our Green Barn at Christie and St. Clair into a model neighbourhood for community based urban organic food production is what this project is all about.  The three main components of the project are: a yard sharing initiative (Yes In My Back Yard) and tool lending library; an intergenerational community garden space in Hillcrest Park, where community members will come together to produce food that is shared between garden participants and The Stop’s meal programs; and a multicultural edible demonstration garden in Barn 5 at the Wychwood Barns, which will feature small scale food growing techniques that gardeners can apply in their home and community gardens. Read the full project summaries.

  • The Massey Centre for Women:  The Massey Centre Community Garden $10,000
    A vacant patch of land on the West Side of the 1102 Broadview Avenue property, to the south of the Massey Centre transitional housing complex, will be transformed with the creation of a community garden. The garden, measuring 200 square meters (20 m x 10 m) will be planted with a variety of vegetables and herbs as well as apple and pear trees.

  • Toronto Cyclist's Union:  Bicycle Service Station $15,000
    This project will create a mobile on-street bicycle service station, which will provide bike repairs and outreach to Toronto cyclists, free of charge.

  • SOY (Seniors Organization of York) York West Active Living Centre:  SOY Garden Party $18,000
    This project will create a network of gardens, by enhancing some existing sites and building new sites, and offer educational events, bringing senior volunteers, students and 6 non-profit organizations together to take action on climate change.

  • Carrot Cache:  Carrot Cache Sustainable Roof Garden Project $135,000
    A new green roof on the Big Carrot store will showcase green roof technology and function as an educational resource centre for residents and community groups. Carrot Cache will also showcase applied technologies related to organic waste, biodiversity enhancements, vertical wall urban gardening, food production, and experiments with different composting and soil growing mediums.

  • Hart House - University of Toronto (Sponsoring Org: TREC):  Greening the Gym: Harvesting Energy from the Exercise Machines $46,100
    Green energy will be harvested from exercise machines at Hart House Gym at the University of Toronto. A prototype bike will be developed which will act as a mini 'power-plant' where the kinetic energy generated by cycling will be converted into electrical energy, and then fed into the electrical grid of the building (phase 1). The prototype will then be adopted across 20 machines in the athletic facility, and combined with a web-based interface to monitor and display the energy generation. The portable bikes and their energy generating technology will also be showcased at some Toronto schools.

  • Liberty Village Business Improvement Area (BIA):  Liberty Village Bike Here! $60,000
    he project will support and encourage cycling as sustainable form of transportation through three initiatives: the installation of publicly accessible bike lockers; the installation of covered bike parking areas; and an artistic bike rack design competition and installation. A guide will also be produced to share best practices and lessons learned with other Toronto BIAs.

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Fall 2010 Live Green Toronto Grant Recipients

Community Investment Project Fund Recipients

  • Centre For Spanish Speaking People:  El T.O.mate $11,269. This project was funded through Canadian Tire Corporation's sponsorship of the Live Green Toronto grant program.
    El T.O.mate's inter-disciplinary approach will reduce greenhouse emissions by promoting urban agriculture and engaging the Latin American/ Caribbean community in the environmental and social benefits of local food production. The project will provide youth of Latin-American descent with culturally and historically relevant knowledge of urban agriculture and food economics as it relates to growing tomatoes. The youth will engage in various forms of outreach to encourage people of Latin- American and Caribbean descent, particularly tenants in Toronto Community Housing, to grow food locally. They will also provide training on urban agricultural techniques and approximately 100 people will be supplied with seeds, planters and planting materials. The program will culminate in a local community festival, hosted at the Centre for Spanish Speaking People, where locally-grown tomatoes and other products will be available for sampling.

  • LEAF- Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests:  Tree Tenders Volunteer Mentorship Program $23,000
    This project will provide the ongoing learning and support to help graduates of Leaf's Tree Tenders Volunteer Training Program take the next step and get actively involved as urban forest leaders within their own communities.  Ongoing mentoring and support, practical tools and networking opportunities will help graduates in their efforts to plant, care for and protect trees in their own neighbourhoods. Read the full project summary.

  • Toronto City Summit Alliance, Emerging Leaders Network:  Project Neutral $10,400. This project was funded through Canadian Tire Corporation's sponsorship of the Live Green Toronto grant program.
    Project Neutral will transition an existing urban neighbourhood toward carbon neutrality and create a model for other urban communities in the GTA. Leveraging local neighbourhood leadership, the community will be mobilized and given tools and resources to understand local climate change impacts and reduce its carbon footprint, increasing its overall resiliency to climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Project Neutral is the brainchild of a working group of the Emerging Leaders Network, an initiative of the Toronto City Summit Alliance.

  • Toronto Green Community:  Container Gardening Train-the-Trainer $23,800
    This program will train residents in each of Toronto's four regions (North, South, East, and West) to lead workshops on container vegetable gardening in their own communities. The program will provide a one-day workshop for the trainers and supply resources and support so that they may continue to act as a gardening resource in their neighbourhoods and build a network of trainees throughout the City.

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Capital Project Fund Recipients

  • Harbourfront Centre:  The Art of Building Sustainability $149,580
    Harbourfront Centre’s Enwave Theatre will be transformed into a world-class example of the City of Toronto’s commitment to support environmentally sustainable communities.  In addition to a cutting-edge physical transformation, including glass art building integrated PV, the theatre will become an educational centre accessible to millions of visitors and students at  Harbourfront Centre annually.

  • Toronto Botanical Garden:  Woodland Walk and Bird Habitat $100,000
    This project will create a Woodland Walk and Bird Habitat including planting trees; shrubs and perennials; a monitoring program for the planted trees; habitat for nesting birds; and an education program for visitors to the walk and bird habitat.

  • Unison Health and Community Services:  Northview Community Garden $130,000
    This project involves the design and development of a community garden which includes a rainwater harvest system and composting area. The project is part of the Bathurst-Finch Community Hub which includes a Community and Health Centre that provides services to the community.

  • YMCA of Greater Toronto:  Scarborough YMCA Solar Thermal Project $74,000. This project was funded through Canadian Tire Corporation's sponsorship of the Live Green Toronto grant program.
    A solar thermal system will be designed and installed atop the Scarborough YMCA building to provide domestic hot water for space heating and hot water for showers and laundry. The YMCA will develop a comprehensive community engagement strategy, pre-installation and post-installation, to educate members, users and staff beyond the solar thermal system on how they can make positive environmental changes in their homes.

  • Working Women Community Centre (Oriole Peanut Community Garden):  Community Greenhouse and Fruit Orchard $21,000.
    With Live Green Toronto Funding, the Oriole Community Garden will be expanded to include a greenhouse, a fruit orchard and  a Youth Apprenticeship program.

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Spring 2009 Live Green Toronto Grant Recipients

Community Investment Program Fund

  • Annex Community Alliance: The Eco Restoration Park (Energy) $25,000
    This project will undertake a feasibility study that will lead to the conversion of a brownfield site into a renewable energy park with the by installation of ing both a solar pavillion and geothermal system, followed by a full ecological restoration of the area. This will provide green space and renewable energy to the local community.
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  • Growing for Green: Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard (Local Food) $24,577
    The goal of this project is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by creating a community orchard and encouraging residents of the Cedarvale Community to grow their own fruit. Twenty-five fruit trees will be planted and they will help clean the air by sequestering carbon dioxide.
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  • Hincks-Dellcrest Centre: Grow Our Own (Local Food) $5,000
    This community-based urban agriculture project willfocus on increasing capacity for residents of high rise buildings to grow food on their balconies. The project consists of planting events, hands-on workshops, and garden consultations. Community members of all ages will be involved through partnerships with Rose Avenue Public School, Green Thumbs Growing Kids and other local agencies.
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  • North York Harvest Food Bank: Harvest to Hand Community Garden (Local Food) $25,000
    The Harvest to Hand Community Garden program is a local food production initiative that helps North York Harvest Food Bank member agencies develop and maintain community garden projects along with  conventional food bank programs.
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  • Toronto Coalition for Better Child Care: Healthy Eating & Growing Up Green (Local Food) $18,140
    The goal of the Healthy Eating program is to bring nutritious and affordable local food to child care programs and parents throughout Toronto. Growing up Green will engage 12 early-learning and child care programs as pilot projects, to develop best practices in greening all aspects of our programs including: the food we eat, the waste we produce, the products we use, our environment, and sharing with the community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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  • Toronto Renewable Energy Co-op: Our Power Community Solar Support Program (Energy) $25,000
    TREC will build on the success of its 'Our Power' model, refining the tools needed to recruit and support solar adopters at the individual household level. TREC will continue to evolve its work with the solar neighbourhood approach, refining and improving its recruitment process to reach more communities and develop a comprehensive training program for community leaders so they can more effectively engage and support their communities in adopting solar technology at the neighbourhood level. The goal is to facilitate the installation of at least 200 solar energy systems in and around Toronto. Read the full project summary.
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  • Urban Agriculture Society: Urban Ag Society Pilot Garden (Local Food) $5,300
    The Urban Agriculture Society Pilot Garden is a rooftop vegetable garden initiative. This pilot garden will serve as a model and learning tool for future development of a network of rooftop gardens on the university campus and within the greater Toronto area. The pilot garden will engage local community members in the production of local, organic vegetables, and increase the members’ knowledge of urban agriculture and ways to reduce the greenhouse gases created by importing vegetables. The pilot garden project will also provide community educational workshops on urban gardening topics such as rooftop garden options and guidelines, composting and the use of organic fertilizers.
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  • Women's Habitat of Etobicoke: WH Green Thumbs Initiative (Local Food) $7,500
    Women's Habitat, an agency for abused women and their children,  operates in south Etobicoke. Their goal was to expand their community garden. Staff, volunteers and clients will be involved in planting, tending and harvesting local food from their Community Garden and from a backyard garden at the shelter.
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Capital Projects Fund Recipients

  • Access Alliance: Crescent Town Community Health Centre and Social Service Hub (Green Roof/ Local Food/Energy) $75,000
    This project will install a solar hot water system, rain barrels, compost bins and equipment to be placed on a green roof.
    Email: Website: Read the full project summary.

  • FoodShare: Growing the Edible City (Local Food) $41,500
    FoodShare Toronto's goal was to demonstrate new, innovative, and replicable urban agriculture initiatives, and help communities to replicate some of their successes such as beehive demonstrations, bicycle-powered composters, edible landscapes and aquaponics. Read the full project summary.
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  • GreenHere: Community Canopy, Forest to Fruit (Tree Planting) $75,000
    This project will improve local green infrastructure in the Davenport neighbourhood by planting 150 native large-canopy trees and 150 fruit-bearing trees.
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  • Howard School: Howard School Ground Greening and Curriculum Garden (Tree planting) $16,000
    This project is a community schoolground green rejuvenation project that includesenhancing the landscape and increasing natural habitat; planting more  trees; and constructing a hands-on outdoor environmental learning space.

  • Indian Road Crescent JPS Greening Committee: Schoolyard Greening Project (Tree planting) $16,000
    The project involves the transformation of the grounds at Indian Road Crescent Junior Public School into a neighbourhood green space and recreational area. The project will reduce greenhouse gases, improve air quality, and significantly reduce the heat island effect by planting trees, shrubs and grass, and building a new recreation area.

  • LEAF: Backyard Planting Program (Tree planting) $128,500
    This project will expand the Backyard Tree Planting Program across Toronto. Participants will receive an on-site consultation with a qualified arborist to determine proper tree placement and species, a 6' to 9'  tree and full planting service. A maintenance program will also be incorporated to improve tree health and reduce long term maintenance costs.
    Email: Website: Read the full project summary.

  • Rouge Valley Foundation: Year of Energy Conservation (Energy) $45,000
    The goal of the project is to retrofit the Rouge Valley Conservation Centre with energy saving products/technology including solar panels and heating equipment, and serve as a model of energy conservation for the more than 7,000 visitors to the Centre each year..
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  • York Community Services: Weston-Mt. Dennis Cosmmunity Health Centre and Social Service Hub (Energy) $180,900
    The goal of the project is to install a Heat Recovery System, solar panels, hot water collector and a green wall at the community Health Centre and Social Service Hub.
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Fall 2009 Live Green Toronto Grant Recipients

Community Investment Project Fund Recipients

  • Community Bike Network: Bicycle Apprenticeship Project (Transportation) $23,570
    This project involved developing a training program for at-risk youth to learn skills in the bike industry. A portion of bicycles produced will be donated to people referred by various service agencies throughout the city, including Eva's Phoenix.

  • Evergreen: Growing Food at Home (Food) $14,500
    With the goal of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions related to food production and distribution, "Growing Food at Home" directly enhances the food-growing capacity of Torontonians by showcasing innovative and practical methods for growing local organic food in urban home environments (backyards, balconies and windowsills). Developing displays, demonstration sites and take home "Grow Kits" will engage, educate and inspire behavioral change in an effort to support the City of Toronto's goal of creating sustainable, community-based solutions to decrease emissions.
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  • Faith & the Common Good: Greening Sacred Spaces: Solar Engagement Study and greening of multi-faith communities $25,000
    This project will pilot a Solar Engagement Study for the City of Toronto by conducting solar assessments of faith buildings, and identifying communities that are in a position to move forward with solar implementation. In addition, this project will enhance the educational outreach to diverse faith communities in order to encourage and track a wide range of multi-faith greening efforts. This will include the creation of a step-by-step Solar Guide for faith buildings, a self-assessment tool, and information about financing and partnership options.
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  • Green Thumbs Growing Kids: Raised Bed and Rain Harvest Construction Project (Community Gardens/Food) $24,984
    This project will demonstrate urban food production with the construction of raised garden beds for food production on school and park grounds, and rainwater catchment.
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  • TC LHIN Energy Coach: Establishing a Green Digital Social Networking Platform in Healthcare (Social networking) $25,000
    The Change Network will unite all green communities throughout the Toronto Central Local Health Integrated Network with an online networking tool to facilitate the sharing of best practices and experiences. .
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Capital Project Fund Recipients

  • Eva's Place: Solar Energy Proposal (Solar) $60,000
    A project to install a solar thermal system on the roof of the shelter, create educational modules for homeless youth on energy efficiency and find ways to help them move to independent housing, and create a best practice guide that can be applied to other non-profit agencies seeking improved energy efficiency.
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  • Evergreen: Solar Co-generation System (Solar) $72,750
    A project to provide an adaptive-reuse project which will transform the historic industrial complex of the Don Valley Brick Works into an education centre addressing the themes of nature, culture and community. Live Green Toronto will fund the 12 ekW domestic solar thermal system, including the measurement and verification infrastructure such as monitoring devices, components, wiring and materials to provide complete utility consumption monitoring of the Brick Works.
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  • Mimico Station Community Organization: Mimico Station Restoration Project (Energy) $96,090
    This project will retrofit the historic Mimico Train Station with geothermal heating, radiant floor heating and high quality environmental features to improve and enhance the natural and built heritage of the site.
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  • Riverdale Immigrant Women's Enterprises (RIWE): The Riverdale Hub (Energy) $88,312
    This project will involve sustainable renovations to the Riverdale Immigrant Women Enterprise office and program facility, including the installation of a solar hot water system, native vegetation, storm water re-use mechanisms, solar canopies, solar shading and permeable paving applications.
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  • The Garden Party: The Garden Party (Food) $10,206
    This project includes the development of a vegetable and butterfly garden that increases access to organic-friendly materials and supplies in the community. Volunteers from the community will grow vegetables and herbs which will then be donated to food kitchens in the project area.
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2008 Live Green Toronto Grant Recipients

Community Investment Grant Recipients

  • Harbord Village Residents’ Association ($20,000) for an Energy Audit and Retrofit for greenhouse gas emission reduction in a downtown neighbourhood.

  • Laurier Ave residents sponsored by Don Vale Cabbagetown Residents Association ($25,000) for a Geothermal Project which will investigate the feasibility of retrofitting 22 century old Victorian homes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce heating/cooling costs by more than 50%.

  • Greenest City ($25,000) for a project called “From the Ground Up,” an innovative initiative offering Parkdale residents the capacity, support and space needed to produce locally-grown food, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create green “urban farmer” jobs for 12 at-risk youth. 

  • Toronto United Church Council ($23,150) for the “Green Awakening” project which will drive awareness of the urgent need to take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the challenges of climate change in 107 congregations across Toronto, and serve as a model for faith-based groups across the City.

  • Green Here for the “Bridges to Community Environmental Initiatives” ($25,000) project which will reach out to 12 local park communities and develop four key neighbourhood greening/reforestation projects.

  • Culture Link ($15,000) for the “Cycling – From Back Home to our New Home” project which will promote cycling as a viable means of transportation and foster the continuation of sustainable transportation habits, to newcomers as they integrate and adapt to Canadian society.

  • Not Far From the Tree ($25,000) for a volunteer-driven fruit tree harvesting project which will see local fruit, that would otherwise go to waste, harvested and distributed equally to the tree owner, volunteer pickers and community organizations. Read the full project summary.

  • Black Creek Conservation Project of Toronto ($25,000) to deliver active, on-the-ground, environmental programs in the Mount Denis-Weston communities of Toronto through 2008 and beyond.

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Capital Grant Recipients

  • The Now House “Topham 10” Community Retrofit ($50,000) will energy retrofit 10 war-time homes with the goal of achieving net zero energy use based on the Now House demonstration model. LGTO funding will provide the incentive for homeowners to install solar photovoltaic panels to generate clean, renewable energy as part of a larger energy retrofit.

  • FoodShare’s “Over the Top” project ($150,000) will design and install a food producing rooftop garden, solar water heating system and urban beehives.

  • Bay Corridor Community Association ($25,000) for their Bay Street Bio-Swale project which will transform the Bay Corridor, between Wellesley and Grosvenor Streets into a clean air neighbourhood by introducing street vegetation, stormwater harvesting, alternative power sources, and encouraging the return of native flora and fauna.

  • Stop Community Food Centre ($100,000) for their “Green Barn” project which involves the construction of a 3,000 sq. ft. greenhouse for sustainable food production and an education centre, including energy and water saving technologies such as geothermal heating, passive solar energy and greywater recycling. Read the full project summary.

  • Hugh Garner Housing Cooperative ($150,000) for the “Green Roof” project which involves the completion of a 22,000 sq. ft green roof installation on the Hugh Garner Co-op rooftop as well as a water retention system for irrigation, solar thermal and solar photovoltaic renewable energy technologies and evaporative cooling.

  • FoodCycles ($35,087) for their “Downsview Park Greenhouse” project which will produce high-quality compost material for community gardens by recycling local organic waste and producing local organic vegetables.

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For 2008, City Council approved funding of $200,000 for the Community Investment Program to build capacity within local communities and neighbourhoods to identify, develop and initiate actions that will reduce greenhouse gas and smog-causing emissions; and $500,000 for the Capital Projects Fund to help implement capital asset projects that result in significant reductions in emissions and which the local community has identified and is engaged in supporting. In 2009, Live Green Toronto funding for community based green initiatives increased to $2.2 million.

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