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Neighbourhoods across the Greater Toronto Area are becoming more resilient to climate change thanks to the Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plans

Sep 17, 2014

Media Advisory

September 17, 2014

As global temperatures continue to rise and extremes in our weather become increasingly unpredictable, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) and its partners see the importance of acting now and working together to create resilient communities that are beautiful, happy and healthy. The Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan (SNAP) program began five years ago as an innovative model for sustainable urban renewal in older communities.  The program brings together many municipal and community partners to create local plans for environmental improvement that inspire residents, businesses and governments to take action and have big impact.

 Five years later, five pilot neighbourhoods are testing grounds to address local sustainability and resilience by tapping into local community interests and needs. Each SNAP neighbourhood features unique initiatives to meet the diverse objectives, ranging from stormwater management, water and energy efficiency, urban forest improvement, local food production, and active transportation. SNAP neighbourhoods are located in Toronto, Brampton, Mississauga, Richmond Hill and Markham.

On Monday, September 22, media are invited to the SNAP Partners in Sustainability Event to learn more about this innovative program and connect with a variety of champions in the field. TRCA will share results from the pilot program, recognize the founding partners and talk about the future of the SNAP program with a special announcement from RBC Blue Water Project. Attendees include sustainable neighbourhood experts, community organizations, and SNAP community champions, partners, vendors and municipalities.

Event details:

  • Displays from SNAP projects and partners
  • Welcome address, Brian Denney, CEO, Toronto and Region Conservation
  • Keynote address "Collaboration for Neighbourhood Sustainability - Home and Abroad" - Anke van Hal, Sustainable Building Professor, Parallel 52: Dutch Canadian Sustainable Planning and Building Network, Netherlands (live webcast) and Eleanor McAteer, Project Director, Tower Renewal, City of Toronto
  • Partner Recognition; Awards to Founding Partners
  •          Adriana Beemans, Metcalf Foundation, Local Economies Program Director

  •        RBC Blue Water Project announcement; Rina Pilliteri, Regional Vice President, Vaughan

  • Cocktail reception and networking

When: Monday, September 22, 2014


Time: Doors open at 1:30 pm, welcome address begins at 2:15 pm; Cocktail reception at 3:30 p.m.

Where: Weston Room A & B, Black Creek Pioneer Village, Toronto

Media Registration: please contact Rowena Calpito at


About SNAP

The Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan (SNAP) program aims to accelerate the implementation of environmental improvements and urban renewal at the neighbourhood scale. It takes an integrated approach to overcome urban retrofit challenges and address a broad range of objectives with locally tailored solutions. Each SNAP neighbourhood features unique initiatives to inspire residents, businesses and governments to take action. Visit the SNAP website for more information.


About Toronto and Region Conservation

With 60 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. TRCA's vision is for the Living City - a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, for you today and for your children tomorrow. For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at

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Rowena Calpito

Supervisor, Public Relations, Toronto and Region Conservation

Tel: 416-661-6600 Ext. 5632 E-mail:




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