GIO and Partner Resources
Find out what GIO and its partner organizations are doing to advance green infrastructure. This section highlights relevant research and projects from GIO itself and members of our steering committee.
Project: Economic Impact Assessment of the Green Infrastructure Sector in Ontario
Description: A first-of-its-kind assessment of the scope and economic impact of the green infrastructure sector in Ontario, showing the total jobs, contribution to GDP, and gross output (revenue) of the sector as a whole, as well as of each sub-sector.
Description: A report presenting the first regional scale analysis of park supply in the Golden Horseshoe, with a focus on large parks.
Description: A report that draws on input from diverse stakeholders and existing research to present a strong case for improved policies and investments to support green infrastructure in Ontario.
Description: A three part video series that examines the following questions: 1) What is green infrastructure?; 2) Looking for Green Infrastructure; and, 3) Finding more green infrastructure.
Project: Urban Forestry Speaker Series
Description: A video series that shares information about ongoing initiatives related to urban forestry undertaken in New York City.
Description: A call to action that outlines the current issues in urban forest management in Ontario, and proposes four strategic priority areas for protecting and enhancing the vital green infrastructure that our urban forests represent.
Description: This report is a landmark effort drawing on data from 17 municipal and regional governments in the Greater Toronto Area to provide a comprehensive overview of the local urban forest. The report identifies the key benefits of the urban forest and outlines the challenges and opportunities associated with maintaining and growing this vital resource.
Partner: The Greenbelt Foundation
Description: A guide to support small cities, towns and rural settlements with the integration of green infrastructure into their communities.
Project: Transforming Neighbourhoods
Description: A five year program review of green infrastructure strategies used in TRCA’s Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan (SNAP) retrofit projects.
Partner: David Suzuki Foundation
Description: A published study that examined the relationship between urban trees and human health.
Initiative: Annual Awards Program that recognizes innovative landscape design projects
Description: In 2016, OALA honoured the West Don Lands project, the Peace Garden at Nathan Phillips Square, the University of Ottawa Campus Master Plan, 230 Sackville (rooftop gardens) and the Bayview Glen Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan. The association also recognized the City of Kitchener’s Cultural Heritage Landscapes , which provides an accessible inventory of local cultural heritage landscapes, as well as City of Toronto’s The Grow More Manual, which offers guidance for community gardening in the city.
Partner: Conservation Ontario
Project: Healthy Hikes
Description: This campaign encourages citizens to take advantage of local parks and greenspaces owned and managed by conservation authorities by highlighting the many connections between human health and time spent in nature, parks and open areas.