Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods

The Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods program—SUN for short—is a three-year initiative funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and facilitated by GreenUP. SUN is modeled on, and delivered in association with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Retrofit Plan (SNAP) program.

Between 2017 and 2019, SUN is working in the East City–Curtis Creek and Kawartha Heights neighbourhoods to build more sustainable communities! The SUN approach combines planning and planting.

How SUN Works

STEP 1: Planning

SUN collaborates with local residents, the City of Peterborough, and other partners to identify neighbourhood needs and priorities. The goal of the program is to create neighbourhood documents (called Neighbourhood Action Plans) that will guide sustainable actions within the neighbourhood for years to come. The SUN planning process is unique in its ability to bridge neighbourhood priorities with municipal and regional environmental policies and targets. These Neighbourhood Action Plans will identify neighbourhood priority themes, and potential projects and actions that residents and partners can take to reach neighbourhood goals and build resiliency against climate change.

STEP 2: Planting 

In addition to neighbourhood planning, SUN helps install gardens and trees based on the priorities identified by neighbourhood residents and partners. Current planting opportunities include pollinator gardens, food gardens, rain gardens, planting trees, and naturalization (planting native species). Planting gardens and trees helps build community, demonstrates the potential for positive change in each neighbourhood, and enhances the local environment.

Get Involved!

As a collaborative initiative, SUN depends on strong partnerships between and amongst community members and partner organizations. There are many ways to contribute to the wellbeing of your neighbourhood through planning and planting!

Join the neighbourhood conversation

Volunteer with planning & planting

Demonstrate action! Host a garden or event

Join us at community events to share your thoughts about how to make your neighbourhood an even better place to live, work, and play.

Check out our neighbourhood pages below, for upcoming events and opportunities to provide your input.

SUN is always looking for volunteers!

Get your hands dirty by helping us:

  • Plant gardens
  • Promote SUN to your neighbours
  • To organize events

Tired of mowing the lawn? Transform your yard and demonstrate what is possible in a sustainable neighbourhood! SUN helps with pollinator, food & rain gardens, tree planting, and naturalization efforts. Or, host an event like a ‘planning potluck’ to take the lead on your Neighbourhood Action Plan. 

Click the neighbourhood links below to learn more about the planning and planting underway in each of our SUN neighbourhoods:

Program History

SUN is modelled after the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan program (SNAP). SNAP is a collaborative, neighbourhood-based solution for advancing sustainable urban renewal and climate action in older urban areas.

SNAP helps municipalities and organizations improve efficiencies, draw strong local community support and build innovative partnerships for implementation of a broad range of initiatives in the public and private realms. By reframing environmental projects to incorporate greater social and economic outcomes, SNAP has helped to generate creative solutions that garner more support for implementation.

Program Contact Information

To learn more about SUN events or contribute to the Neighbourhood Action Planning process, please contact:

Name: Hayley Goodchild
Position: SUN Program Coordinator
Phone: 705-745-3238 ext 213
Fax: 705-745-4413

For inquiries about SUN planting opportunities, please contact:

Name: Jenn McCallum
Position: Water Programs Coordinator
Phone: 705-745-3238 ext 208
Fax: 705-745-4413

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SUN Action Planning Gathering

SUN Action Planning Gathering


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