North of the Green City Partnerships: Evergreen’s Common Grounds
It’s good to know that we’re not alone. Organizations all over the world, like Evergreen in Canada, can teach and inspire us with the work they are doing for urban greenspace.
Evergreen is a not-for-profit organization that makes cities more livable. By deepening the connection between people and nature, and empowering Canadians to take a hands-on approach to their urban environments, Evergreen is improving the health of our cities – now and for the future.
Evergreen motivates people to create and sustain healthy, natural outdoor spaces and gives them the practical tools to be successful through its three core programs:
- Learning Grounds – transforming school grounds
- Common Grounds – conserving publicly accessible land
- Home Grounds – for the home landscape
Sound familiar? The Common Grounds program is very similar to our own Green City Partnerships: community-based stewardship of public natural areas. Working in the Greater Toronto area and the Greater Vancouver Regional District, since 1991 they have helped 90,000 volunteers contribute to their mission to bring nature back into cities.