Activities in support of purpose (a & b)
The Foundation will work strategically and collaboratively with partners such as but not limited to, The Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM) to advance environmental stewardship in Canada. Appropriate urban landscapes and plants in general, provide the key to an improved and sustainable future. Clear and applicable environmental learning strategies, underscored and emphasized with public-centric projects and program development, will be the role The Foundation supports.
Practical applications of environmental education can be realized in schoolyards or other such green spaces in Canada, engaging families of school aged youth from over two million households in Ontario alone. Support for project development and realization will be available from over 3800 individual green industry associates and affiliates as well as enumerable volunteers through the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA). A Garden in Every Schoolyard is a proposed program that would see the development of edible school gardens across Canada. Community and family oriented education with gardens as the learning platform will provide excellent industry participation potential, sponsorship as well as tangible and realistic results. Foodbanks Canada as well as school cafeterias and senior’s social housing developments for example, would benefit from the produce grown by the students.
Curriculum development will be in concert with provincial and territorial ministries with initial attention given to high density, urban centres. The Foundation will draw on the green industry’s expertise, individual Canadian school boards and education professionals to craft curricula that addresses climate change in practical and realizable terms.