MONTREAL, September 6, 2012 - CN today
announced the successful candidates for its 2012 From the Ground Up
program. Of the 72 applications received in this, the program's
inaugural year, 25 communities were selected to receive grants of
up to $25,000 each.
The program's objective is to promote the greening of municipal
properties across Canada, especially areas in close proximity to
rail lines. CN EcoConnexions, with its partners Tree Canada and
Communities in Bloom, will help Canadian municipalities establish
tree planting initiatives in a sustainable, environmentally
"CN's comprehensive sustainability agenda goes beyond making our
own operations as fuel efficient and environmentally friendly as
possible. We also aim to support sustainability initiatives
in the communities we serve," said Claude Mongeau, president and
chief executive officer of CN.
"The From the Ground Up program is an important part of this
effort, and we are thrilled with the community response. The
program received high-quality submissions from large and small
communities across Canada. We were so impressed with the
submissions that we decided to triple the funding for this year's
The From the Ground
Up initiative is intended to enhance a community's
environmental/social health and wellbeing as
it relates to one or more of the
forests: planting, protecting and maintaining trees
in your community
• Traffic calming and safety:
Vegetation creates natural noise, visual and movement barriers in
parks and public lands along tracks to discourage access to
rights-of-way and yards and promote rail safety
• School greening: Encouraging
children to play outdoors within natural treed areas promotes
healthy active living, an appreciation for nature and a better
environmental footprint for the school in the community.
• Transforming spaces: Brownfield
conversion initiatives that promote recreation and healthy
lifestyles for youth and families by changing abandoned and ugly
areas into vibrant and active ones. This can involve soil
replacement, sod installation, raised bed construction and plant,
shrub and tree planting.
• Naturalized areas, park creation or
restoration: Sod, raised beds, planters and
other natural structures. Areas lacking imagination
can be dramatically improved through proper placement of structures
to allow the planting of more natural areas.
CN had originally set aside $150,000 to fund this community tree
planting program this year. Given the overwhelming response, the
funding was increased to just over $500,000 to be distributed
amongst the top 25 applicants.
Successful candidates were chosen on the basis of rigourous
selection criteria designed and overseen by CN's program partners,
Tree Canada and Communities in Bloom. The two organizations rated
each application on those criteria and presented a ranked list of
programs to CN. CN then selected final candidates from the
"CN recognizes the difficult choices our partners had to make,
from so many deserving applications," said Mongeau. "We thank them
for their wise counsel and for the excellent job they did in
reaching out to Canadian communities to attract such a large number
Tree planting will begin in the fall in each of the selected
communities. The work will be guided and supported by
Communities in Bloom and Tree Canada to ensure the long-term
viability of each project.
"Communities in Bloom is looking forward to working
with the communities to help them achieve our common goal of
enhancing their green spaces for the betterment of our environment"
said Raymond Carrière, Founding President of Communities in Bloom.
"These CN From the Ground Up projects will be another demonstration
of the social, environmental and economical benefits of green
The CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up
program is now accepting applications for spring 2013 community
tree plantings. The goal is to extend plantings to more locations
across Canada, again with the assistance of the program
"CN has led the way in connecting Canadians for close to a
century," says Tree Canada President Michael Rosen.
"Through opportunities like From the Ground Up, CN is helping
municipalities and First Nations communities improve our national
landscape for future generations to enjoy. Tree Canada is honoured
to be a part of this fantastic initiative."
More information about Tree Canada is available at www.treecanada.ca and about Communities in
Bloom at www.communitiesinbloom.ca.
CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up 2012 Successful Applicants
are listed below.
Click here to view a description of each
Village of Burns Lake, BC
Township of Langley, B.C.
City of Surrey, B.C.
City of Terrace, B.C.
City of Grande Prairie & Grande Prairie Arbor Day Society,
Town of Hinton, Alta.
Municipality of Jasper, Alta.
Trochu Communities in Bloom, Alta.
Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Alta.
Town of Humboldt, Sask.
City of Melfort, Sask.
Town of Unity, Sask.
Rural Municipality of Cartier, Man.
City of Dauphin, Man.
West Souris River Conservation District, Man.
Town of Greater Napanee, Ont.
Township of Huron‐Kinloss, Ont.
Town of Oakville, Ont.
ReForest London, Ont.
City of St. Catharines, Ont.
Éco‐quartier du Sud‐Ouest, Montréal, Que.
Ville de Pohénégamook, Que.
Ville de Saint‐Jean‐sur‐Richelieu, Que.
Elmsdale Beautification Society, N.S.