The Green Cities Foundation is a community
connecting plants & people for a greener,
healthier urban climate.
Together we can #GreenMyCity,
one green space at a time!
What is #GreenMyCity?
It’s a collaboration between donors, volunteers and the Foundation to design and build urban green spaces.
Where & When?
We are taking on new projects all the time for the #GreenMyCity program.
Apply today and your community could be next!
To reduce the effects of climate change. To help people breathe. To improve the quality of life in Canadian cities.
How can I help?
Get involved! Volunteer, Donate funds or materials, Nominate your community. We’re just getting started, and every bit of help is welcome and appreciated.
Protect, nurture, and grow urban green spaces for the health and well-being of all.
We commit to protecting our green spaces and the plants within them.
We commit to caring for and supporting green spaces for the benefit of all.
We commit to expanding green spaces, and people’s participation in them, across Canada.
Treating the environment we live in, and the people with whom we share it, with kindness, care, and honour.
We will respect the diverse values, cultures, traditions, and practices of the participating people, partners and communities.
Showing our honest appreciation and gratitude to program supporters and volunteers by acting with accountability and transparency.
Connecting people across the country with resources that reduce our impact on climate change and make city living more enjoyable.
GREEN CITIES FOUNDATION IS A PRIVATE FOUNDATION ESTABLISHED BY THE CANADIAN NURSERY LANDSCAPE ASSOCIATION (CNLA)
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How do plants help my city?
When we plant trees, grasses, shrubs, and flowers where none was growing before, they improve air and water quality, and help in the fight against climate change. The effect is very noticeable in cities where there are more hard surfaces, such as concrete and pavement.
Healthy soil is important for the health, growth, and maintenance of plants. Plants in urban areas (cities) rely on soil to absorb, retain and release water when they need it. If plants have the right soil, watering can be reduced.
There are a lot of hard surfaces in cities that don’t absorb water. Heavy rain and melting snow can be dangerous and damaging. Increasing the amount of green space can absorb more water, reducing runoff and flooding.
Soil and plants absorb rainwater, which later evaporates into the air. This process cools the area by taking heat from the air for the process of evaporation. Trees provide shade, too, which is lovely and cool on a hot summer day.
Plants clean the air so we can breathe. They remove carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and tiny particles you can barely see floating around. That’s a fancy way of saying that plants breathe in the bad stuff and produce oxygen for us to inhale.
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