Greener Co-op Microgrants

CHF Canada is now accepting applications for 2018 microgrants for projects that help support the environment. CHF Canada accepts grant requests for $500 to $4,000. Successful recipients will receive a single payment after submitting receipts and a final project report.
– composting, community gardens, rain barrels
– planting trees
– safe and secure bike and carrier storage
– lighting upgrades
– energy audits
– viability studies for projects like roof gardens or grey-water harvesting

What does the grant cover?
– materials, supplies and equipment
– contractor or consultant fees

What isn’t covered?
– members’ labour
– co-op staff wages
– normal co-op operating costs
– ongoing costs associated with maintaining the project after completion

If you are interested, talk to your neighbours, the Maintenance Committee,  the Landscape Committee, or the Board!

For the application form and to see more details, especially projects funded in the past, see

Final Green Roof Survey Results, March 2013

In January and February 2013 the Environment Committee conducted a survey to get  input from members on current and future use of the rooftop and green roof options. This was a follow up to an initial survey done in 2010 when the committee started working on plans.

A total of 87 members responded and almost everyone plans to use the rooftop in the future.  Over half of the members who responded expressed interest in gardening on the rooftop.

Detailed survey responses are available here: Survey Results Final

Green Roof Survey Results, February 2013

Responses are still coming in.  As of February 3rd over 70 people had returned surveys.

The majority of those people had used the penthouse roof top more than 10 times.  36 people are willing to help out with watering the gardens, and 34 would be interested in having a garden plot.

Thanks everyone, and thanks to Catherine Young for putting the results together.  Here are the links to the details:

Survey Results Feb 2013

Survey Results Chart

Green Roof Survey 2013


The Green Roof / Environment Committee is collecting input from members.

Please fill out a copy of the Green Roof survey. Surveys can be submitted in the envelopes marked Completed Green Roof Forms found in the ground floor laundry room, lobby, photocopy room, 3rd floor, 5th floor, 7th floor and penthouse laundry room. Blank surveys can  be picked up at any of the locations listed.

Information gathered will help us plan and make our case for funding applications.  Interim results will be brought to the Input and Info Session on February 3rd, but the survey will remain open until Feb 10th.

Thanks for participating.

Benefits of Green Roofs, 2013

Click here to see:  An Economic Analysis of Green Roofs: Evaluating the costs and savings to building owners in Toronto and surrounding regions

This comprehensive report considers the life cycle costs of green roof installation, maintenance, membrane longevity, energy conservation and environmental benefits.

It was prepared by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and partially funded by the City of Toronto.