Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods

Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods (SUN) is a community-based program that enables community members to share their interests and priorities for neighbourhood enhancement projects within selected Peterborough neighbourhoods. SUN guides residents in setting priorities and participating in action plans to address neighbourhood improvements in green infrastructure, climate change mitigation, rainwater management, flood prevention, greening spaces, and improving health and well-being.

The first stage of SUN includes community outreach to establish connections within neighbourhoods via churches, schools, and local events. GreenUP will seek to understand the priorities within two selected neighbourhoods. These priorities will be used to develop action plans that address needs in each area.

The second stage of outreach will focus on areas that can be enhanced with green infrastructure projects.  Through the SUN project we will also implement five types of green infrastructure plantings, depending on resident priorities and needs. These five plantings include pollinator gardens, food gardens, rain gardens, urban trees, and naturalization and diversification. The SUN timeline will involve planting according to community needs in 2018.

The two Peterborough neighbourhoods selected for participation in SUN will be announced on Friday, October 27, 1pm at Artspace

Program History

SUN is modelled after the Toronto Region Conservation Authority’s SNAP program (Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan) which is a proven solution for sustainable urban renewal that places neighbourhoods at the centre of the implementation framework.

Two Peterborough neighbourhoods have been selected to participate in SUN: the Curtis Creek neighbourhood located in North, East City, in Ashburnham Ward, and the Kawartha Heights neighbourhood, in Monaghan Ward. Thank you to many of our partners, the City of Peterborough, Otonabee Conservation, Sustainable Peterborough, and Nourish, who have assisted in the collaborative process that lead to the selection of these two neighbourhoods.

Curtis Creek Neighbourhood Map (click to enlarge)

Kawartha Heights Neighbourhood Map (click to enlarge)

Program Services

SUN Resident Survey

SUN will be rolled out in two Peterborough neighbourhoods. Please fill out a survey to help us understand resident’s priorities in the two participating neighbourhoods. If you do not live in these two areas, that’s ok too! We would love to hear everyone’s perspective, which may help us to determine future projects and programs.

We encourage youth and adults to participate for the chance to win prizes. The survey takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.


Your Neighbourhood


Stay Engaged & Win a Prize!

    If you would like to stay engaged with the SUN program or would like to win a prize, please provide your name and contact information:




Program Contact Information

Name: Jenn McCallum or Vern Bastable
Position: Water Programs Coordinator
Phone: 705-745-3238
Fax: 705-745-4413
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Ontario Trillium Foundation

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan

Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan