Green infrastructure has been an Our Living Waters Network priority issue for the past several years. In response, the Our Living Waters Strategic Collaboration Fund has provided ongoing funding to a Team that works to advance local action on green infrastructure.
Canadian Freshwater Alliance and Green Communities Canada (GCC) have hosted the Green Infrastructure Community of Practice (GICoP) as an OLW Team since 2016, with GCC taking the lead in 2021. The GICoP is a group of organizations across the country that are motivated by a shared vision to advance green infrastructure (GI) in cities and towns across the country. The goal is to support each other to sharpen skills, knowledge, and practices that push green infrastructure into the mainstream and influence decision makers.
Currently, the GICoP is focused on a Living Cities campaign. Led by GCC, in partnership with community organizations and municipalities in six pilot cities across the country, this campaign uses community organizing and marketing to:
- Spearhead ‘top-down’ local policy shifts around city planning and building.
- Catalyze ‘bottom-up’ public support for change.
- Ultimately, ensure green infrastructure is abundant, thriving, and equitable.
For more information, contact the lead facilitator, Christine Mettler, at GCC.
Community of Practice Members
ACAP St. John (NB) - Living Cities Partner, Maritimes
Ecology Ottawa (ON)
Environment Lethbridge Council (AB) - Living Cities Partner, Prairies
EOS Eco-Energy (Sackville, NB)
Green Action Centre (Winnipeg, MB) - Living Cities Partner, Prairies
Green Venture (Hamilton, ON) - Living Cities Partner, Ontario
London Environment Network (ON) - Living Cities Partner, Ontario
Manitoba Eco-Network (Winnipeg, MB)
Petitcodiac Watershed Association (Moncton, NB) - Living Cities Partner, Maritimes
Re-Imagining Atlantic Harbours (Halifax, NS)
ReThink Red Deer (AB)
Shediac Bay Watershed Association (NB)
Toronto Green Community (ON)
Wild About Saskatoon (SK)