April 2014 Newsletter


GIO Membership Changes

With the ice storm and emerald ash borer, we are currently losing green infrastructure in our cities. The increasing frequency of extreme weather events makes protecting and investing in green infrastructure even more important for human health, stormwater management, job creation, and climate change adaptation – and the time to act is now.

The Green Infrastructure Ontario (GIO) Coalition has been working hard to advance green infrastructure across Ontario.  To date we have:

Green Infrastructure Included in New Ontario Provincial Policy

The Ontario government has released a new Provincial Policy Statement at www.ontario.ca/pps. GIO's efforts to engange and educate policy makers on the benefits of green infrastructure have contributed to green infrastructure being included in the new policy.

GIO Press Release - Cities need living green infrastructure as well as grey.

Toronto, February 18, 2014 – The federal government has made a strong commitment to funding infrastructure across Canada with its announcement of $14B over 10 years from the Building Canada Fund. Getting the most from our investments in national infrastructure, however, requires including support for living green infrastructure as well as traditional grey infrastructure.

February 2014 Newsletter


David Suzuki Foundation joins GIO Steering Committee

GIO is pleased to welcome the David Suzuki Foundation (DSF) as the newest member of the GIO Steering Committee.  Since 1990, the DSF has upheld their mission to protect the diversity of nature and quality of life in the present and future.  The DSF uses a collaborative and multi-stakeholder approach to conserve the environment and find solutions to create a sustainable Canada.  The DSF’s top goals include helping Canadians connect with nature, providing clean energy solutions to reduce Canada’s impact on climate, fighting for environmental justice, and building healthy communities.

Visit their website at http://www.davidsuzuki.org/ to exp

2014 Grey to Green Conference - Call for Proposals

Presentation Proposal Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 11:59pm ET

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition invites you to submit a proposal for the Grey to Green Conference taking place in Toronto, ON on August 25th-26th, 2014. The theme of this two day conference will focus on the numerous ways in which green infrastructure can improve our social, economic and community health and well-being. 

Submit a proposal or learn more about the process »

December 2013 Newsletter

Green Communities Canada Joins GIO Steering Committee

GIO continues to strengthen its membership across the province, and is pleased to welcome Green Communities Canada (GCC) as its newest steering committee member! GCC is a national association of community organizations that help people go green. GCC and its member organizations work together to help Canadians improve the health of our communities, conserve resources for future generations, and reduce pollution.

Check them out at www.greencommunitiescanada.org.

GIO is at the Latornell Conservation Symposium

Look for GIO at the Latornell Conservation Symposium from November 20th-22nd! We are looking forward to learning from a variety of engaged individuals and dynamic organizations, and discussing resiliency in managing for a sustainable future.

Stop by our booth to learn more about our work and fill out our new membership survey. A digital copy of the survey is available here.