Our organizational partners share our passion to protect the health of Canadians and the environment. They include those who participate in 1% for the Planet, those who manufacture or sell toxic free products and those working towards more sustainable solutions that will combat climate change. Over the last year, the following organizations have generously supported our work:
The Foundation’s support helped us identify and amplify the voices of vital supporters during the review and public consultation period for the Greenbelt and Growth Plans. Their support helped Environmental Defence send a powerful message that the Greenbelt must grow and be permanently protected thus preserving farmlands, watersheds, and spaces important to our natural and environmental heritage.
How safe are the personal care products we put on our bodies every day? With support from the Catherine Donnelly Foundation, we’re finding out by testing products and reporting on the findings. And in 2011, in recognition of the fact that big change requires big thinking, the Foundation announced its support of a new initiative to harness increasing awareness of the link between toxins and cancer to reduce pollutants in our environment and our bodies and strike a movement to eliminate five carcinogens in our everyday environment.
For over two decades, the Echo Foundation’s unstinting support has meant we’ve been able to connect more Canadians to environmentally responsible, sustainable economic growth. Together, we’ve nurtured unconventional partnerships with multiple allies, including labour unions and corporate interest groups, to take advantage of green economic growth opportunities. We are proud to count the Echo Foundation as one of our oldest funding partners.
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation’s support over the last 10 years has been instrumental in our efforts to protect and grow the world’s largest Greenbelt, located right here in Ontario. With their help, we are working to protect key environmentally sensitive land and farmlands from urban development and sprawl.
With the Ivey Foundation’s support we are working to ensure that government, at the provincial and federal level, develop climate strategies that integrate the economy and the environment. This includes an effective price on carbon, applying a carbon lens to all government decision-making, and ensuring that climate action provides economic, social, health and environmental benefits.
We are delighted to count the Joyce Foundation, based in Chicago, as one of our program partners to ensure that the health of the Great Lakes is protected. The Great Lakes are a crucial source of fresh drinking water, and a vital tourism and economic driver for millions of people on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border.
Over the last three years, with the support of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, we have increased public awareness of the risks posed by toxic chemicals in everyday products and engaged thousands of Canadians to take action to push for industry and regulatory reform. Their support has also been critical for our research that illustrated the toxicity of traditional personal care and household cleaning products.
As a supporter of the Greenbelt, the McLean Foundation is helping us grow this permanently protected area, preserving farmlands, watersheds, and spaces important to our natural and environmental heritage. Thanks to the McLean Foundation, we are bettering Ontarians’ lives by restoring our connection to the natural landscape, protecting our local food supplies, lands and waterways, and improving access to recreation opportunities in a natural setting.
The Metcalf Foundation supported our battle against Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs), and our Green Energy work. Their support is currently helping Environmental Defence grow and strengthen the Clean Economy Alliance (CEA) to ensure that it maximizes its ability to secure a robust cap-and-trade system and the other elements of the Ontario Climate Strategy.
The Great Lakes are one of our region’s most valuable treasures. Millions of Canadians and Americans depend on the Great Lakes for drinking water and other essential daily needs. Funding from the Mott Foundation supports our work to ensure real action is taken to improve the health of Lake Erie. This includes working with our U.S. Non-Governmental Organization partners to ensure that bi-national policy action on Lake Erie algal blooms is coordinated across borders.
Ongoing support from the New Venture Fund has enabled us to increase public awareness of climate change issues and the risks of tar sands expansion by bringing the Energy East Pipeline into sharp focus in the public and in the media. Our partnership to fight the pipelines has been very successful in slowing down the expansion of the tar sands and the development of policy gains at both provincial and federal levels to protect our air, water, land, climate and First Nations treaty rights. Their support also enabled us to create a powerful photo exhibit that brings a human face to the issue as well as illustrating the iconic landscapes at risk.
Thanks to the generous and long standing support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation has enabled us to expand the Blue Flag program in Ontario. Every Blue Flag means that our community partners are fostering the values, standards, and awareness needed to permanently protect our coastal ecosystems.
The Atmospheric Fund’s vision is to invest in urban solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. Through their generous support, we have created the Clean Economy Alliance (CEA) and are working to create a clean economy in Ontario. Their support enables the CEA to educate and engage Ontario organizations, communicate the benefits of climate action and liaise with government decision makers.
With the ongoing support of the Salamander Foundation, Environmental Defence is working to strengthen and grow the Greenbelt – protecting it from urban sprawl and working to ensure vital farmland is preserved.
The Schad Foundation is helping us strengthen protections for the Great Lakes and create a strong market mechanism program that will ultimately decrease nutrient offloading into these five vital lakes, which contain the world’s largest freshwater system encompassing 95% of the continent’s freshwater.
Canada’s largest community foundation, the Vancouver Foundation has been investing in communities since 1943. Their support has allowed us to expand our Blue Flag program to more freshwater beaches in British Columbia and to increase coastal health awareness and education to communities across the province.
With the support of Wallace Global Fund we have been able to effectively raise public awareness of the risks of tar sands expansion and transportation. We have engaged thousands of Canadians who have supported the rejection of risky fossil-fuel proposals that threaten their health and the health of the environment.
The Winnipeg Foundation has allowed us to introduce Winnipegers to the benefits of our Blue Flag program Their support has been critical for the expansion of the Blue Flag program to Manitoba.
Environmental Defence has been actively working with the Cement Association of Canada (CAC) and its members to tackle sustainability in the manufacturing of cement and concrete. We’re working with the CAC to identify and advocate for policies that help reduce carbon dioxide emissions associated with cement production and on other efforts to yield greater sustainability across the sector.
Socially and environmentally responsible aggregates are possible in Ontario. In partnership with CRH Canada, we are working to reduce the increasing pressures on our natural environment by the growth of aggregate demand. We are creating new approaches to ensure Ontario has access to a reliable supply of responsibly sourced construction materials for years to come.
Our work to connect Ontarians to the dangers of unfettered tar sands expansion found a firm ally in this vibrant religious community of women. The Sisters of St Joseph helped us reach out to tens of thousands of Ontarians to inform them of the dangers a pipeline spill poses to healthy communities, and the need for Canadians to shift to a sustainable, green economy.
Koru Distribution is the leading wholesale source for innovative, eco-friendly lifestyle brands in the Canadian market. Koru donates to Environmental Defence as part of their commitment to 1% for the Planet, helping us protect the environment and health of Canadians.
Part of the Nature’s Way family of brands, NutraSea is an innovative Canadian-made product that is built on strong values. NutraSea was the first natural product in Canada to belong to “1% for the Planet” and through this initiative, NutraSea, has been providing stable, sustainable funding for Environmental Defence to prevent climate change, protect our air and water and to remove toxic chemicals from household products.
The Ontario Oyster Festival, hosted by Rodney’s Oyster House, has been raising funds for Environmental Defence for more than 2 decades. Over the years, Rodney’s Oyster House and the Ontario Oyster Festival have supported Environmental Defence programs related to the quality of our water, our air, and our land – all in an effort to protect the health of Canadians and thriving ecosystems.
Thanks to Patagonia’s partnership and leadership in the fight against climate change, we are raising public awareness on the environmental risks of tar sands pipeline expansion. Their support is helping us to build a community of supportive people that will help us in our ongoing work to engage Canadians on global warming issues and water protection.
Founded by the TD Bank group, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) has partnered with Environmental Defence to support the Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) program. With TD FEF’s support we will be able to broaden our engagement of GTA youth and raise awareness of environmental issues.
Wrigley strives to improve the health of people and the planet through initiatives focused on the environment – especially those that encourage healthy communities through litter prevention and community greening. With support from the Wrigley Company Foundation and in association with our Young Reporters for the Environment program, we’ve launched our Litter Less Campaign, aiming to engage and educate Canadian youth on the issues of litter, encouraging them to make positive choices and inspire change through environmental journalism.
Innovation requires research and experience, and with the support of Xerox Canada, interns from Environmental Defence are participating in both. Through this partnership, graduate students are helping Xerox Canada advance its corporate sustainability agenda and gaining real world experience helping corporations and organizations to extend their global stewardship.
With national, multi-year funding from Environment Canada’s EcoAction program, we have been able to strengthen the Blue Flag presence from coast to coast. Thank you for helping us ensure that as many Canadians as possible have access to clean, swimmable beaches and environmentally responsible marinas.
We are grateful to have been included in this City of Toronto initiative that supported 168 community-led projects over the past eight years. This funding helped us in our efforts to phase out Tetrachloroethylene (PERC) in dry cleaning in the Greater Toronto Area and contributed to the creation of a comprehensive report on the dangers of PERC.
The Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund (GLGCF) empowers the community by helping them protect and restore their corner of the Great Lakes. The Blue Flag program at Environmental Defence has been fortunate to be a part of these community efforts through multiple GLGCF grants. Thanks to this funding we have been able to support increased accessibility at Erieau Beach in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and successfully installed a community rain garden at Toronto’s Woodbine Beach.
A supporter of our Blue Flag program, the MoECC is fulfilling its mandate to protect and sustain Ontario’s air, land and water. Thanks to this multi-year funding we raised the inaugural Blue Flag on Lake Simcoe through the certification of The City of Barrie Marina. We are also able to continue our community awareness and educational campaign for the benefits of the Blue Flag program in the Lake Simcoe region.
The New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund is in place to ensure the protection, preservation and enhancement of the Province’s natural environment. With their support we have been able to introduce our Blue Flag program to the Province, bringing this internationally recognized eco-label to New Brunswick’s coastlines and communities.
OCEF uses money collected from environmental penalties to support environmental improvement projects in the Ontario watersheds where a violation happened. With this support we were able to successfully bring the Town of Cobourg, ON, into the Blue Flag program, with the establishment of Cobourg beach as a Blue Flag candidate.