Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has been awarded a $21,200 TD Green Space Grant from the Arbor Day Foundation. Funded by TD Bank Group, this grant will help CVC bring innovative urban greening and tree planting projects in support of environmental equity. As average annual temperatures increase, tree canopy and dedicated greenspaces help protect communities against impacts of climate change such as extreme heat and support the health of local creeks and forests.
This grant will support CVC’s Fletchers Creek Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan (SNAP) in Brampton. In partnership with the City of Brampton and Region of Peel, CVC works with the local community to take community-based climate action and deliver environmental sustainability projects. Over the spring and summer, CVC will host a series of events including community and youth tree planting days, tree maintenance events and neighbourhood walks.
“Greenspaces play a critical role in helping to create more vibrant, livable cities, which can positively impact the health of community members. Focusing on and investing in projects that lead to more equitable access to trees is crucial,” said Janice Farrell Jones, Senior Vice President, Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship, TD Bank Group. “We are proud to continue our support for the Arbor Day Foundation through the TD Ready Commitment to promote innovative community projects that can lead to more equitable access to green spaces, including the work being done by CVC.”
“As we continue to experience these increasingly frequent and prolonged periods of extreme heat, planting trees to provide shade and cooling has become a necessity for our most vulnerable communities,” said Dan Lambe, Chief Executive at the Arbor Day Foundation. “We are excited to help support CVC in their efforts to equip their neighborhoods with the right trees to lead to a more sustainable future.”
“We’re thankful to receive the TD Green Space Award from the Arbor Day Foundation and TD Bank Group in support of local conservation efforts in the Fletchers Creek SNAP neighbourhood,” said Holly Nadalin, Manager of Community Outreach and Education, CVC. “Tree plantings are practical and effective ways to add green space in urban areas, cooling them and making them more resilient to the impacts of climate change. This funding will provide opportunities for volunteers to take action against climate change in their own communities.”
For more information or to register for an upcoming event, visit cvc.ca/fcsnapEvents.
About Credit Valley Conservation
CVC is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed. This watershed is the area of land where all rainfall and snowmelt drains into waters flowing to the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. It inspires a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
About the Arbor Day Foundation:
Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation is the world’s largest membership nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees. With a focus in communities and forests of greatest need, the Foundation — alongside its more than 1 million members, supporters, and valued partners — has helped to plant nearly 500 million trees in more than 50 countries. Guided by its mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees, the Arbor Day Foundation is committed to unlocking the power of trees to help solve critical issues facing people and the planet. Learn more about the impact of the Arbor Day Foundation at arborday.org.
About TD Green Space Grants
TD provides funding for the grants, which are awarded annually, and the Arbor Day Foundation administers the program. TD Green Space Grants are made possible through the TD Ready Commitment, the Bank’s corporate citizenship platform, aimed at helping open doors to a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow.
This year, funding was granted to 22 municipalities and/or partner organizations that are driving programs aligned to the theme TD Green Space: Using green infrastructure to cool vulnerable neighbourhoods. To be eligible for a grant, qualified municipalities and partner organizations must be located within Canada and the TD operating footprint in the United States. Priority was given to projects occurring in underserved areas of local communities.
For more information, visit arborday.org/programs/tdgreenspacegrants.
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