Take an engineer, an urban planner and a community builder, mix with local residents and a belief that grassroots, neighbourhood-based efforts can be transformational – this is the formula for Project Neutral, Tides Canada’s newest project.
Project Neutral is transitioning neighbourhoods to carbon neutrality, one neighbourhood at a time.
Over 25 million Canadians currently live in existing urban neighbourhoods, with over 5 million in the Greater Toronto Area. Poorly insulated and inefficient housing stock and a dependence on the automobile means that these aging residential areas represent between 25 – 60% of the municipal footprint in cities across Canada. Strong leadership, innovation and action are needed to address the impact of existing neighbourhoods on climate change.
A primarily volunteer-led, grassroots initiative, Project Neutral works with existing community leaders to establish a greenhouse gas baseline, build capacity through workshops and partnerships and identify individual, household and neighbourhood actions that result in reduced energy use and carbon emissions. Project Neutral has been incubated by Emerging Leaders Network, an initiative of CivicAction. Learn more about Project Neutral’s current campaigns, active neighbourhoods and how you can get involved here. To support their work, go here.
We welcome Project Neutral to the Tides Canada family. They are joining over 40 innovative social change projects across Canada, leveraging a shared administrative platform so project staff can drive real world change without the challenges of managing a stand-alone charity.
Find out more about our shared platform and other social change projects here.