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Funding secured for community green infrastructure planning and evaluation project in four Ontario communities

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) and Landscape Ontario have officially launched a research and community engagement initiative funded by the Metcalf Foundation that will develop the capacity of communities throughout Ontario to understand the costs and benefits of investing in living green infrastructure development. The project involves the development of a tool that features detailed descriptions of multiple green infrastructure technologies and the average costs and benefits and then applying this analysis to areas in different communities that are redesigned in a one-day charrette.

“The Metcalf Foundation is pleased to be supporting this innovative project which will help our communities become more sustainable and resilient in a tangible way,” said Sandy Houston, president and CEO, Metcalf Foundation.

Design charrettes will be held in four cities with carefully selected community stakeholders. These full-day events will draw upon the experience and expertise of selected attendees to re-envision degraded areas within their community with living green infrastructure such as urban forests, parks, green roofs and green walls. The goal of the charrettes will be to provide communities with a vision of what is possible, and the costs and benefits associated with moving forward on implementing that vision.

“There is a case to be made for significantly increasing the amount of public investment in the design, installation and maintenance of living green infrastructure in our urban and suburban communities. In order to achieve this, we need the tools to re-envision what is possible, and make the business case that this investment should be made,” said Steven Peck, founder and president of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities/ co-founder of Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition.

“These charrettes are poised to further animate the benefits of green infrastructure and its many roles in helping us achieve healthy and resilient communities,” said Tony DiGiovanni, executive director at Landscape Ontario.

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