Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods
GreenUP’s Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods (SUN) program is a collaborative, neighbourhood-based solution for advancing sustainable renewal and climate action. SUN joins neighbourhood residents, municipalities, and other community partners to identify and support opportunities for sustainability through immediate demonstrative impacts, visioning and planning for future action, and the sharing of skills and knowledge.
Together, SUN co-designs neighbourhood Action Plans that build local resilience to climate change. On-the-ground demonstration projects can increase biodiversity and urban forests, support sustainable energy, improve watershed health, support local food security, and build community resilience.
The SUN program is facilitated by GreenUP, and is modelled on and delivered in association with Toronto and Region and Conservation Authority’s Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan (SNAP) program.
Summary of East City-Curtis Creek Action Plan – Click Here >
Summary of Kawartha Heights Action Plan – Click Here >
Ready to Take Action? Get Involved with SUN!
As a collaborative initiative, SUN depends on strong partnerships between and amongst community members and partner organizations, so we want your help! There are many ways to contribute from sharing your thoughts, volunteering at a demonstration project, or helping to implement action identified within a SUN Neighbourhood Action Plan!
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Transform your Neighbourhood
Join us online and at community events to share your thoughts about how to make your neighbourhood an even better place to live, work, and play. Check out the neighbourhood pages below, or GreenUP’s calendar of events, for upcoming events and opportunities to provide your input.
SUN is always looking for volunteers to help plant gardens, promote SUN within your neighbourhood, and to help us organize events. Check out the neighbourhood pages below, or GreenUP’s calendar of events, for upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.
Review the SUN Action Plan and take on a recommended action, either at your home, or with other members of your community. Whether it’s installing a rain barrel, planting a garden, or supporting a community project, you can help your neighbourhood reach its sustainability goals! Check out the neighbourhood pages below to view SUN Neighbourhood Action Plans.
Click the neighbourhood links below to learn more about the planning and planting underway in each of our SUN neighbourhoods:
In 2017, SUN launched in City of Peterborough, working within two urban neighbourhoods, Peterborough’s Kawartha Heights and East City-Curtis Creek neighbourhoods. Between 2017 and 2019, SUN Kawartha Heights, and SUN East City-Curtis Creek, collaborated with the City of Peterborough, neighbourhood residents, Otonabee Conservation, Nourish, and other partners. Funded by Ontario Trillium Foundation, the three year Grow Grant has allowed GreenUP to successfully test the SUN model within a mid-sized City. Together, SUN Kawartha Heights, and SUN East City-Curtis Creek have planted 1600 metres squared, or over 17,000 square feet, of demonstration gardens and trees. This area is equal to 3 ¾ basketball courts!
In 2019, SUN launched in the Hamlet of Warsaw, piloting the rural community as a neighbourhood due to its comparable size. Focusing on the sustainability of storm water (rain) and water quality, SUN Warsaw will be the first rural community to pilot the model and will be a prime example of how a rural community can advance sustainable renewal and climate action. Thank you to RBC Environment Fund for funding toward this project.
SUN is modelled after the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan (SNAP) program. 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
For inquiries about SUN planting opportunities, please contact:
Name: Jenn McCallum
Position: Water Programs Coordinator
Phone: 705-745-3238 ext 208
For information about educational events and skill building, please contact:
Name: Brittany Harding
Position: Water Education and Outreach Coordinator
Phone: (705) 745 – 3238 ext. 224
Fax: (705) 745 – 4413