TD Green Streets helps 23 communities "paint the town green"

-TD Green Streets awards grants for innovative municipal tree planting initiatives-

TORONTO, April 4 /CNW/ - TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) and Tree Canada today announced the 23 recipients of the 2011 TD Green Streets program which provides grants of up to $15,000 to green Canadian municipalities. The funds will be used for tree planting, as well as maintenance and educational activities.

This year TD Green Streets received applications from 103 municipalities, Business Improvement Areas and First Nations communities across Canada. The selected applications ranged from sustainable tree maintenance and the construction of arboretums to tree watering technology research and tackling urban heat islands.

"We were once again incredibly impressed by the innovative ideas from Canadian municipalities who are making tree planting a priority in their communities," says Mary Desjardins, Executive Director, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. "The response exceeded our expectations and I applaud all applicants for placing such importance on creating greener streets."

"With 80 per cent of Canadians living in cities and towns, our urban forests deserve greater attention," said Michael Rosen, Tree Canada President. "With the TD Green Streets program, Tree Canada and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation are focusing much needed resources to help Canadian communities better protect and manage their trees."

The winning municipalities are:

  • Olds, AB
  • Stoney Plain, AB
  • Cambie Village BIA in Vancouver, BC
  • Kelowna, BC
  • Quesnel, BC
  • Surrey, BC
  • Transcona BIA in Winnipeg, MB
  • Saint-François-de-Madawaska, NB
  • St. John's, NL
  • Amherst, NS
  • County of Wellington, ON
  • Gananoque, ON
  • Guelph, ON
  • Kenora, ON
  • London, ON
  • Pickering, ON
  • Thunder Bay, ON
  • Premiere Nation des Innus Essipit, QC
  • Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal, QC
  • Saint-Hyacinthe, QC
  • Victoriaville, QC
  • Regina, SK
  • Saskatoon, SK

"We are very pleased that London was a successful applicant for TD Green Streets funding," says Mayor Joe Fontana.  "The TD Green Streets program is just one example of how business can make a significant difference in the environmental health and well being of a community; an example of an engaged and generous corporate partner. All Londoners will benefit as we use these funds to help reduce our environmental impact and work toward our goal of a more sustainable city - the Forest City."

How recipients were selected:
Applications to the 2011 TD Green Streets program were open to Canadian municipalities, First Nations communities and Business Improvement Associations (BIAs) in Vancouver and Toronto. All submissions were reviewed by regional Tree Canada Advisors, Board Members, urban forest practitioners and TD FEF representatives based on innovation, community involvement and technical expertise.

For more information on the 2011 TD Green Streets winning submissions, visit www.tdgreenstreets.ca.

About Tree Canada:
Tree Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization established to encourage Canadians to plant and care for trees in urban and rural environments. A winner of the Canadian Environmental Award (2007), Tree Canada engages Canadian companies, government agencies and individuals to support the planting of trees, the greening of schoolyards, and other efforts to sensitize Canadians to the benefits of planting and maintaining trees. To date, more than 77 million trees have been planted, more than 450 schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada has organized 9 national urban forest conferences. More information about Tree Canada is available at www.treecanada.ca.

About TD Friends of the Environment Foundation:
Since 1990, TD FEF has provided more than $54 million in funding to over 19,500 grassroots environment and wildlife projects across Canada. In 2010, TD FEF provided more than $3.5 million in support of 970 projects. Thousands of donors give to TD FEF on a monthly basis and TD Bank Financial Group contributes in excess of $1 million annually.  TD also covers the management costs of running TD FEF, which guarantees 100 per cent of every dollar donated goes directly to funding environment and wildlife projects in the community where the donation was made.  For more information on how to donate and get involved in your community, visit www.tdfef.com.

SOURCE Tree Canada

For further information:

or to arrange an interview please contact:

Karen Williams / Laura Arlabosse-Stewart
Paradigm Public Relations
416-203-2223
kwilliams@paradigmpr.calstewart@paradigmpr.ca

Megan Hooper
TD
416-982-4725
megan.hooper@td.com

Melissa Nisbett
Tree Canada
613-567-5545 ext. 224
mnisbett@treecanada.ca


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