Money does grow on trees for 13 Canadian communities with innovative urban forestry ideas

Almost $300,000 in TD Green Streets grants awarded in 2016 

TORONTO, March 8, 2016 /CNW/ - Tree Canada is pleased to announce that 13 communities across Canada have been awarded almost $300,000 in grants for their innovative urban forestry projects as part of the 2016 TD Green Streets program.

After reviewing more than 140 applications, Tree Canada and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) recognized the following communities with grants of up to $25,000 to support their municipal forestry and greening projects: Abbotsford, BC; Calgary, AB; Coquitlam, BC; Goderich, ON; Halifax, NS; Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, QB; Richmond Hill, ON; Saint-Camille, QB, Saint John, NB; Saugeen First Nation Southampton, ON; St. John's, NL; View Royal, BC; Winnipeg, MB.

"TD FEF congratulates all of our grant recipients for driving innovation to build a greener future for their communities," said Mary Desjardins, Executive Director, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. "We're proud to support the protection and preservation of our urban forests by promoting community involvement and enhancing resources for advancement in environmental practices."

Since its inception in 1994, Green Streets – the only national grant program focused on innovation in urban forestry – has awarded funding to more than 500 municipalities across the country. This year proposals ranged from community tree plantings to urban farming to Adopt a Tree programs, and more.

"Growing the tree canopy in urban centres is vital for the health of Canadian communities and all the people who live in them," said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. "The TD Green Streets program has helped build thriving urban forests in hundreds of Canadian communities, so I would again like to thank TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for its tremendous support and generosity over the years."   

TD Green Streets 2016 was open to Canadian municipalities, Aboriginal communities and Business Improvement Associations (BIAs). Submissions were reviewed by representatives from Tree Canada, TD FEF and regional urban forest practitioners, and were evaluated on innovation, community involvement and technical expertise.

For more information about TD Green Streets please visit 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.  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. Since 1992, nearly 80 million trees have been planted, over 550 schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada has helped organize eleven national urban forest conferences. The next Canadian Urban Forest Conference will take place in Laval, QC in 2016. More information about Tree Canada is available at www.treecanada.ca.

About TD Friends of the Environment Foundation:
From schoolyard naturalization and energy conservation, to tree plantings and environmental education, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) is proud to provide funding to help sustain an incredible array of grassroots environmental programs across the country. In 2015, TD FEF supported over 1,000 projects with $4.6 million in funding. Thousands of donors give to TD FEF on a monthly basis, and TD Bank 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 funds environmental projects in the community in which the donation was made. For more information on how to donate and get involved in your community, visit tdfef.com.

SOURCE Tree Canada

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For further information: or to arrange an interview please contact: Natasha Ferrari, TD Bank Group: 416-983-7212; natasha.ferrari@td.com; Samantha Tam, High Road on behalf of Tree Canada: Office - 613-688-1192, Email: samantha.tam@highroad.com; Richard Walker, Tree Canada: 613-567-5545 ext. 224, rwalker@treecanada.ca


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