Evergreen Foundation: Adaptive Reuse, Urban Renewal and Citizen Engagement

Evergreen Foundation: Adaptive Reuse, Urban Renewal and Citizen Engagement

by Kevin On

On May 26th, we are excited to welcome Geoff Cape, CEO of the Evergreen Foundation. The Evergreen Foundation is a Canadian organization that exemplifies the role of community in urban renewal and sustainability. Evergreen engages communities in a variety of ways to inspire citizens to influence sustainable lifesyltes. Evergreen’s mission is to inspire action for building green cities by focusing on the development in four key areas: Greenspace, Children, Food, and “CityWorks”. At the heart of their operation is the Evergreen Brick Works, which has had an immediate impact in the community by creating a tangible example of adaptive reuse for living sustainably.

The Evergreen Brick Works is located in the former home of the Don Valley Brick Works, first built in 1889.  The factory closed nearly 100 years later in 1984, and has been repurposed by the Evergreen Foundation into a cultural center that offers programs for the community all-year round. Since 2010, this site has been a living example of how past and present can work together to create greener models for urban living.

There are a large variety of programs that call Evergreen Brick Works home. From biking to pottery, this center provides opportunities for both young and old to explore. Included in these activities is a weekly farmer’s market with over 25 farmers from the region, and is currently the largest farmer’s market in Toronto with a wide variety of local and seasonal foods. This market inspires people to make healthier choices, as well as to learn more about how food is grown and produced. The Evergreen Brick Works is leading the way for green initiatives and has been named a top 10 geotourism destination by National Geographic. This site is a truly inspirational project that is an example for all cities.

The mission that Geoff Cape and the Evergreen Foundation have started is one that could have a huge impact on the future of sustainability and urban renewal. At his talk on May 26th Geoff will be going into detail about the Evergreen Brick Works as well as the reimagining of the Toronto River Valley. These subjects as well as the rest of Geoff Cape’s work is an interesting piece in a larger discussion about sustainability and urban renewal which we hope this talk will advance.

Please join us on May 26th from 5-6:15pm at the Quad Club to hear Geoff Cape from the Evergreen foundation talk about the Brickworks and Toronto River Valley Projects.  The event is part of the Frizzell Family Memorial Fund Activities and co-sponsored by the College, Environment, Agriculture and Food Group, Chicago Society, Green Economics Group, AOII and the Program on Global Environment.


Geoff Cape, CEO of Evergreen Foundation to visit UChicago on 5/26

Join EAF for Sports & Society, May 12th

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Sports and Society: The Special Olympics

On May 12th, 2015, EAF will be hosting Sports and Society to bring together experts who will speak to the profound and diverse impacts that sports have in our communities. In the spirit of this discussion, this week we’re taking a look at Special Olympics, an organization that aims to empower youth and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities and cultivate a wider understanding and appreciation for their unique capabilities.


Take the Pledge to Go Veg: VegWeek 2015

by Eva Kinnebrew

Eating meat and other animal products is a part of our culture. Most of us grew up
eating meat and, throughout our lives, have been surrounded by animal products
(for example: hot dogs at baseball games, cartons of milk in school lunches, late-
night ice cream, and pepperoni pizza). Given that animal products are so prevalent
in our culture, we often don’t think to question their impact. It’s easy to push these
questions to the back of our minds – especially when these habits are so deeply
ingrained in us. (more…)

EAF students featured by UChicago News for Sports Sustainability work!

The University News Office reports on the Environment, Agriculture and Food Working Group’s Sustainable Chicago Sports Project. Follow the Sustainable Chicago Sports Project on social media at #greenchisports and look for signs on the CTA this April! Stay tuned for more events and announcements related to the project.

Sustainable Sports Practicum Presentations: March 10

EAF seeking new student members for Spring 2015

The Environment, Agriculture and Food (EAF) working group is looking for student members starting on or near March 1 and continuing through the end of Spring Quarter. Students will contribute research to EAF’s Sustainable Chicago Sports Project, in partnership with the Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition, City of Chicago and several of Chicago’s professional sports facilities and teams. Students will engage in research, data collection and analysis and a social media fan engagement campaign in advance of participation at the Annual Summit of the Green Sports Alliance in June 2015.  The positions are open to all years and all majors. Familiarity with environmental issues and policies, as well as sports is helpful. Students participating in the EAF group are eligible to enroll in ENST 29701 for credit in the Spring Quarter.

For more on EAF, visit http://eaf.uchicago.edu

For more on the Sustainable Chicago Sports Project, please visit http://greenchisports.uchicago.edu

Please send a statement of interest and resume to sabina@uchicago.edu

EAF at the Green Sports Alliance Summit

EAF Director Sabina Shaikh will be joining partners from the Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition, City of Chicago, Soldier Field and others at the Green Sports Alliance this Summer in Chicago to talk about the Sustainable Chicago Sports Project!

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