Toronto, Ontario July 17, 2012 Local community groups got a boost today with the announcement of 65 Walmart-Evergreen Green Grants awarded across Canada. Each group will receive funds of up to $10,000 for community projects supporting urban naturalization and the local environment. The Green Grants program, sponsored by Walmart Canada and led by Evergreen, is in its seventh year of enabling local communities to take an active role in the restoration and stewardship of green spaces across Canada.

“Walmart is proud to support local groups dedicated to improving their communities,” said John Lawrence, director of corporate social responsibility for Walmart Canada. “"With the help of Evergreen and the hard work of the groups we fund, we are helping people improve their local communities and environments.”
This year’s Green Grant projects include:

  • $5,000 to Central Northeast Health Foundation in Gander, NL, for the creation of a therapeutic patient garden at the James Paton Memorial Regional Health Centre
  • $9,000 to the Feeding Ourselves and Others Project in Victoria, BC, that will establish a community garden program that teaches participants vital life skills and build a sense of community that will assist in their societal reintegration
  • $5,000 for the Place of the Blue Grouse project focused on stewardship and restoration in the Tod Inlet in partnership with a local First Nations school

“Our bond with nature is what connects all Canadians,” said Geoff Cape, executive director for Evergreen. “With close to half a million dollars going directly to projects taking place in cities and towns across Canada, this connection is that much stronger.”
Each project is led by a local group of committed individuals taking the initiative to better their community. Walmart Canada and Evergreen are pleased to support these groups in their efforts to restore and steward local green spaces.

Since inception of the Green Grant Program in 2005, Walmart has invested more than $2.9 million and supported 440 local greening projects. 

For a full list of this year’s grant recipients—along with those from previous years—and to look up a community greening initiative near you, visit: http://www.evergreen.ca/en/funding/recipients/2012.sn

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About Evergreen

Evergreen is a national not-for-profit organization that makes cities more livable. By deepening the connection between people and nature, and empowering Canadians to take a hands-on approach to their urban environments, Evergreen is improving the health of our cities—now and for the future. In 2012, Evergreen, with the support of its various donors and sponsors, will be providing more than $905,000 in grants to community and school greening projects. To find a local greening project supported by Evergreen near you, visit the interactive map: http://www.evergreen.ca/en/projects/registry/index.sn 

About Walmart

Walmart Canada operates more than 330 stores nationwide and serves more than one million customers daily. The company's vision is to demonstrate environmental leadership by reducing the ecological impact of its operations through company-wide programs focused on waste, energy and products, as well as outreach programs that preserve and enhance local environments. Walmart’s global goal is to generate zero waste, to be powered 100 per cent by renewable energy, and to sell products that sustain people and the environment. Visit walmartcsr.ca for more company information or follow Walmart Canada on Twitter @walmartcanada.

For more information, please contact:
Anthony Westenberg
Evergreen Communications
416-596-1495 ext. 332
awestenberg@evergreen.ca

Felicia Fefer
Manager, Corporate Affairs
Phone 905-821-2111 ext. 74466
ffefer@wal-mart.com