Our mission: To inspire, facilitate and support diverse communities in developing an environmentally sustainable city through education, engagement and joint neighbourhood initiatives.
Our vision: Engaged and connected communities thriving in a sustainable Toronto
Diversity and the Environment
We develop programs, initiatives and outreach strategies that are inclusive in order to engage the widest range of communities possible.
Environmental issues, broadly defined, have a deep and complex effect on the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities in Toronto. The built environment, transportation, pollutants, access to healthy food, energy costs, access to green space and recreational opportunities can affect all Torontonians, but have a greater impact on marginalized and low-income households. Such environmental issues are taking a higher place on the public agenda, yet the perspectives of disadvantaged groups are not being included as much as they should be. Environment sector work has also been found to be less inclusive than it could be; this means that an important and growing sector is excluding people from opportunities.
But slowly, awareness is increasing, and many groups are taking steps to address the gaps.
In the Environmental sector various organizations have been developing programs for newcomer communities, conducting focus groups and research to understand barriers to inclusion and grappling with how to increase diversity within the sector.
In the Community sector, there is a growing interest in food programs, environmental determinants of health, pollution, and the environment as an arena for voluntarism and developing leadership.
TGC applies a diversity lens in all aspects of our operations, both internally and externally. We develop programs, initiatives and outreach strategies that are inclusive in order to engage the widest range of communities possible. We also turn a diversity lens to our organization, striving to maintain inclusive hiring practices, volunteer recruitment, and organizational culture, policies and values.