Greenest City Program - West Neighbourhood House

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Thriving Earth, Thriving People

Greenest City builds healthy, inclusive neighbourhoods centred around place-based climate action.  Our work is focused on collective care of the earth (and each other!) and building resilient communities in response to climate change.

We prioritize co-creating solutions with people who are experiencing the impacts of climate change the most. These impacts are being experienced, in our urban high-rise communities, through rising temperatures, increasing costs of food, and lack of green infrastructure such as green space, bike lanes, and in adequate high rises adapted or built for climate change.

We weave food, plant and medicine growing and land stewardship, righting relations with the Indigenous people of this land, collective care of each other, art, and food sovereignty, with climate action. These priorities have been determined by the community.  As we experience worsening impacts of climate change – our communities’ strengths and resilience will continue to grow and reshape these priorities.

Upcoming events

Ecotherapy Sessions 

Poster for Ecotherapy event

West Neighbourhood House, in partnership with the psychiatrist Dr. Nate Charach, is hosting the second outdoor group for Healing in Uncertain times.

Your care for our Earth is deeply appreciated. Let’s turn our distress into empowerment.

Every other Wednesday, beginning May 29th and until August 7th. 10am-12pm. West Neighbourhood House location at 248 Ossington Avenue (Outdoor courtyard).

To register and for more information, call Angela ElzingaCheng at 416-807-0993 or email

And, please visit Psychiatree newsletter.

Current projects

Community-Led Projects and Partnerships

We partner with groups and organizations based on the groups self-determination, capacity and needs.  The projects could have been started by or with the support of Greenest City (Bonnie Storr, West Lodge, St. Joe’s) or inspirational leadership built up in the community (Indigiqueer Garden, Roots and Culture Gardening Club, My Brother’s Keeper Meal Program, Parkdale Free School).

Education and Collective Capacity Building

In all of our work together, community members and leaders share knowledge as we work alongside each other.  Greenest City also coordinates workshops lead by both our local community members and others across the city with knowledge and skills to share.

Academic Partnerships

Toronto Urban Farmers Training: A research partnership led by Seneca College, with Toronto Urban Growers, Toronto Metropolitan University, and West Neighbourhood House and Greenest City Program.

We also host students from University of Toronto and George Brown to complete research, internships and practicums.

Stewardship and Volunteering: Hands on care of the earth in the gardens, at our events, and projects.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Greenest City, contact Sandra at

Staying Connected

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