GreenUP 2017 Annual Report
March 28th, 2018
A message from the Chair of the GreenUP Board of Directors | Ivan Bateman
2018 marks my 20th year of involvement with GreenUP. Over this time, I have seen this organization respond to, and advance, important community conversations about what it means to live sustainably. There is much to learn from our experience, but we know that the future will challenge us to continue thinking and acting in innovative ways.
One of GreenUP’s strengths has always been supporting localized action – at home, at work, and at school – and the need for this action-oriented approach is growing. We understand that everyone has a role to play in addressing issues like climate change, and GreenUP’s programming creates the opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to get involved. I want to thank GreenUP staff for their efforts to build our programming and capacity over the past year. 2018 will see some exciting developments at GreenUP, and in particular, at GreenUP Ecology Park, and I look forward to seeing the results of this work.
A Message from the GreenUP Executive Director | Brianna Salmon
2017 was GreenUP’s 25th anniversary. Over the years, so much has changed, but GreenUP has remained a critical resource in our community, offering impactful programming that addresses emergent concerns, enables meaningful citizen action, and supports long-term environmental sustainability.
As we confront complex, global challenges like climate change and biodiversity loss, the need for GreenUP’s programs and services is increasing.
That’s because our immersive educational programs, like those offered at Ecology Park, support children as they establish a caring relationship with our natural environment.
It’s because our hands-on education courses, like Pedal Power and Wonders of Water, help youth develop the skills needed to live more sustainably.
It’s because our transformative restoration projects, like DePave, Ready for Rain, and Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods, provide residents with the opportunity to work together to increase the resilience of our city.
And, it’s because our vibrant place-making projects, like Peterborough Pulse and NeighbourPLAN, encourage us to imagine a brighter and more livable future for our community and ourselves.
In isolation, the impact of each program can feel small, but when combined, they give me hope for a future that is more sustainable, equitable, and balanced. It is my sincere privilege to lead this organization, and to work alongside the exceptional staff, board members, and volunteers who make all of this possible. I look forward to an exciting 2018!
Fundraising Update 2017-2018
In 2017, GreenUP launched its first capital campaign – the Growing Ecology Park Five-Year Investment Campaign.
The Campaign will support the development of key facilities at the Park, and will ensure that we are able to strengthen and expand our capacity to offer renowned environmental programs and services.
The generosity demonstrated by our donors during the first year of the Campaign has been heart-warming, and we are thrilled to be able to announce that, in 2018, we will be able to move ahead with the first phase of construction!The redevelopment and expansion of our existing Children’s Education Shelter will create a beautiful outdoor classroom and teaching space at Ecology Park, and will support programming for the next generation of students.
As we continue fundraising to support further developments in 2018 and beyond, we are buoyed by the support of this community. We are grateful for your donations, and we’re excited to see the transformations that they enable. Thank you.
$25,000 – $49,999
Sue Sauve and Ian Attridge
$5,000 – $24,999
Barron Cowan Foundation
Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough
Laurie & Bonnie Dawe
$1,000 – $4,999
Kim and Mark Zipple
Linda and Al Slavin
$500 – $999
Grant and Emma Murphy
$200 – $499
Green Optical Eyewear
Otonabee College Cabinet
Peter van Katwijk
Robert Jacka & Kathleen Church
New in 2017….
Designated by the United Nations, RCEs showcase how effective local action can contribute to global change. This designation recognizes the exceptional programs and partnerships that exist across our region, and also celebrates the organizations – like GreenUP – who make it happen. As one of only 8 RCEs in Canada, we were fortunate to secure a Seed Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to support partnership development and the creation of a Collaborative Action Plan during our first year as a network.
As our RCE network grows, GreenUP is excited to continue supporting this international movement toward collective and effective action.
In association with Toronto Regional Conservation Authority’s Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan (SNAP) program and funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, SUN is a collaborative, neighbourhood-based solution for urban renewal and climate action. It prioritizes community-led interests and aligns them with local plans to achieve significant outcomes.
SUN is connecting and working with residents, neighbourhood groups, and community partners in two Peterborough neighbourhoods to create, offer, and implement a menu of sustainable actions that meet the unique priorities of each neighbourhood, in the public and private realms.
Modeled after Active Neighbourhoods Canada and funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, The NeighbourPLAN program supports and engages citizens in three Peterborough neighbourhoods, Brookdale, Downtown Jackson’s Creek, and Talwood, to develop the tools, confidence, relationships, and language necessary to influence the services and programs in their neighbourhood and to inform local participatory planning processes.
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