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North of the Green City Partnerships: Evergreen’s Common Grounds

October 26, 2009


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’s Mission:

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.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 2, 2009 7:46 am

    I’ve been working at Evergreen for almost two years now and seen the organization practically double in size in that time. The reason behind the growth is a boon in demand for green space in cities and towns across Canada. An encouraging trend when you consider how much our cities are designed without publicly accessibly green space, i.e., natural space, in mind.

  2. Norah permalink
    November 2, 2009 11:18 am

    Thanks for commenting, Nate! We were really excited to read about Evergreen, which seems like a very similar program to ours. I’m really glad to hear that people are responding to your work so positively. Best of luck!

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