Toronto Updates and Resources

We are happy to be involved in the following projects in Toronto:

Energy Benchmarking

January 22, 2018 Climate Change & Energy Benchmarking webinar
Dr. Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, will join us for our next webinar. Dr. Saxe will talk about why it is so essential that faith communities step up to respond to the climate crisis, and what you can do to make a difference. Register here.

November 15, 2017 Energy Savings webinar
This webinar is 1 hour 20 minutes in length and follows the order of presentation noted below. The start of each presentation is bookmarked within the webinar. Click here to view the webinar. Click on the links below for the individual presentations.

1. Toronto Hydro Programs and Incentives (Jacob Rothberg –
2. Enbridge Programs and Incentives (Jeff Blunt –
3. GTHA Faith Community Benchmarking Program (Donna Lang –
4. Islington United Lighting Case Study (Steve Tower –

October 18, 2017 Saving Energy St. Anselm’s Workshop
Karen Van Loon from Scarboro Missions gave a quote from Laudato Si’, an acknowledgement of traditional territories, and a welcome prayer. Toronto Hydro and Enbridge Gas presented incentives available to faith communities in Toronto. Martha Asselin from St. Anselm’s Parish, presented learnings from their Ecology Group and Donna Lang, Toronto FCG animator, gave a brief summary of an exciting 3 year energy benchmark program, being launched at a Faith & the Common Good.

Click on the following links for the presentations:

Ontario 150 Gardens

SS_groupIMO_planting_smManorRd_group_smWe are thrilled to be participating in Canada’s 150th anniversary through the Ontario150 Youth Partnership Program. Throughout 2017, we are engaging youth at 3 faith communities in Toronto through gardens. Those faith communities are the International Muslims Organization of Toronto (IMO), Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue, and Manor Road United Church. The gardens have now been planted at each of these three. Celebrations will take place later in the year.


Regeneration Works: Mission Per Square Foot

Throughout 2016, we worked with faith organizations, congregations, property managers, community groups, heritage specialists, and local governments to bring proven methodologies for faith property regeneration – all tailored to address the unique challenges faced by faith groups and their communities. We identified 6 pilot communities in Toronto and are continue to work with them to ensure their long-term sustainability.

Our annual forum, entitled “Exploring Sacred Space: Regenerating Places of Faith“, took place on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the U of T Multi-Faith Centre, and included 4 diverse case studies of Toronto faith communities who have regenerated their buildings. Click here for more information, including some of the presentations. Click here for a wonderful review of the event by M&M Consulting.


Extreme Weather Resiliency

The Toronto Chapter has been involved with a “faith community as resiliency hubs” project since the fall of 2014. We’ve been working with 8 faith communities to find out if they would like to be a gathering place during the next extreme weather event. Click here for more information.



Energy Conservation

In 2015, we held energy conservation workshops with funding from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and produced an energy conservation powerpoint presentation and six case studies.


Community Gardens

gardenpresentationIn 2014, Greening Sacred Spaces Toronto chapter also developed a free Edible Faith Community Garden Guide for faith communities creating a community food garden, thanks to support from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

This comprehensive how-to guide includes information on:

  • setting up a garden
  • forming a volunteer team
  • planting a garden, including depth and drainage, organic matter, container gardening, rooftop gardening, tools, and other options
  • maintaining a garden – weeding, watering, and pest control tips
  • harvesting the garden – picking, monitoring, and chronicling the crop, freezing and fermenting, storing and replenishing soil
  • a garden resource list.

Thanks to our funders:

Toronto HydroEnbridge