There are many benefits to green infrastructure and also many ways to support green infrastructure in your community. Read below for different variations of green infrastructure and some tips on how to take action!
Dippin' Your Feet In
Disconnect your Downspout
If the gutters and downspouts on your home drain into the ground or across paved surfaces, disconnecting or redirecting them can make a substantial positive impact for stormwater management. Disconnecting the downspout from the storm drain system and redirecting it to the lawn, a garden, or a rain barrel can provide a number of environmental benefits. Check with your local municipality before proceeding as they may have discounts on rain barrels.
Consider Using Native Plants
Native plants are better adapted to our climate, require less watering and provide food for pollinators and wildlife. Many nurseries sell cultivated varieties of native plants. For more information refer to Landscape Ontario's article on Native Plants. Native plants vary depending on your region so be sure to do your homework.
Plant a Tree to Grow the Urban Forest
The Urban Forest removes $36.5 million worth of air pollution annually. To support the growth of the urban forest and its many benefits, read the State of the Urban Forest in the Greater Toronto Area report or visit LEAF for community tree planting events and information on how property owners can plant the right trees in the right places.
Rolling Up Your Sleeves
Support Urban Agriculture Initiatives
Purchase local, regional and seasonal food from farmers markets, become involved in a community garden in your area or grow your own!
Urban farming takes many forms from rooftop gardens, backyard beekeeping to community gardens and window boxes. Supporting local agriculture reduces emissions from transporting food into the city, creates jobs, and enables communities to enjoy healthy, nutritious food closer to home. For Toronto initiatives visit Toronto Urban Growers.
Support Bee Habitat
Bees populations are declining at an alarming rate and our crops and plants depend on them. The Toronto Pollinator Protection Strategy offers insights on the importance of bees and actions on how to support their habitat. Organizations like Alveole make it easy to install beehives in your community, and on rooftops!
Green Your Bank Account
Getting Your Hands Dirty
Install Your Own Green Infrastructure at Home
Install green infrastructure at your home, suitable elements for private residential properties include, bioswales, green roofs, green walls, hedgerow, permeable pavement, rain garden and bioretention, rain harvesting, tree canopy expansion, and xeriscpaing. For more information visit the Greening Your Grounds: A Homeowners Guide to Stormwater Landscaping Projects by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
Write Your Local MPP, MP or Councillor
Write your local Councillor, Member of Parliament or Member of Provincial Parliament and ask for a protection of infrastructure funding to be set aside for protecting and developing green infrastructure. Green Infrastructure Ontario is recommending 15% of all infrastructure funding be allocated to green infrastructure
Promote Green Infrastructure Policy and Adoption in your Community
Green Infrastructure policy and adoption in communities is critical in tackling issues like stormwater run off and water quality. Read the Green Infrastructure Guide for Small Cities, Towns and Rural Communities here for more information on how to take action!