Green Spaces are Important Green spaces consist of lawns and gardens at our homes, parks and sports fields, golf courses, botanical gardens and can be both managed and unmanaged. There are many advantages to having and creating green spaces.
Environmental Benefits Green spaces benefit our environment. They filter pollutants and
dust from the air, provide shade and lower temperatures in urban areas, and reduce
erosion of soils and contamination of our waterways. They increase oxygen, act as
carbon sinks, decrease pollution, improve indoor air quality, and attract wildlife and other
Lifestyle Benefits Imagine your local park completely devoid of green -- not a pretty
picture! We tend to take for granted the role that green spacesplay in our lives. Research
has shown that green spaces foster improved mental and physical health and well-being,
promote quicker recovery for hospital patients and those in long-term facilities and can
promote decreased aggression and violence.
Economic Benefits Green spaces benefit our economy. They conserve energy by providing
shade, windbreaks and cooling effects. Landscaping has been shown to increase property
values for homeowners and to be a wise investment for all levels of government. The results are soil stabilization and reduced run-off from open spaces, reduced maintenance for open spaces, increased public safety and greater appeal to tourists.
Environmental Stewardship Survey Take this survey to rate your company on various environmental best management practices for the green industry. Created by Landscape Ontario's Environmental Stewardship committee, the online survey was launched to the green industry on Earth Day, 2009. Click here to take the survey.
Greenest Industry in Canada The greenest of the green industries in Canada is getting ready for a very busy season. Landscape contractors, designers, maintenance firms, lawn care operators, irrigation contractors, retail garden centres, and nurseries across Canada are gearing up for what is anticipated to be on the busiest seasons in years.
National Tree Day "By passing this motion, the House of Commons will ask Canadians to spend just one day reflecting on the link between their lives and that of the tree," said Royal Galipeau, M.P. Ottawa-Orléans who presented the motion. "Canadians will dedicate trees, plant trees, learn about trees and appreciate the historical impact the tree has had on Canada's economic success as a nation." For more information or to register your company or school, click here.
Promote the Benefits of the Green Industry CNLA's Public Relations Committee has created a series of colourful posters to help members promote the environmental benefits of landscaping and landscape products. Poster free to download.
Report: Benefits of Green Spaces A report by the George Morris Centre on the benefits of ornamental horticulture. Available in both English and French, it is a comprehensive review of scientific publications and studies on how urban green spaces provide environmental, economic and lifestyle benefits. Click here to download report.
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