SNAP in the News


SNAP invited to lead FCM training session “Retrofitting Neighbourhoods to Achieve Your Sustainability Goals

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) SNAP staff was invited by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to host a training session at the Sustainable Communities Conference in Ottawa Feb 6-8, 2018. The sold-out session was attended by mayors, councillors and senior municipal staff from across the country, all interested in new ideas for tackling urban renewal and climate action.

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The team presented the SNAP model approach, action plan process and numerous implementation case studies. This was followed by a panel discussion with municipal partner representatives from both the City of Markham and the City of Brampton. They spoke about the practical realities of implementation and how SNAP can play an important role.

Session attendees participated in interactive discussions at their tables and in plenary format. There was great dialogue about experiences from across the country and common challenges and potential solutions to community retrofit such as integration across departments and how best to increase uptake in retrofit programs.



August 2017
RENDA – Inspired by Canada (Dutch)
January 2017
Citiscope – 3 Cities Show Ways to Make Local Progress on Sustainable Development Goals
November 2016
Black Creek SNAP is included in the 2016 Cities100 publication as one of 100 leading urban climate change solutions from around the world.
October 2016
Federation of Canadian Municipalities – Innovative Projects Prepare Older Brampton Suburbs for Climate Change
Spring 2016
ReNew Canada – The Infrastructure Magazine, In a SNAP: A neighbourhood-based approach to integrated infrastructure renewal
Spring 2015
Ground Magazine, Urban Agriculture: Neighbourhood Transformation
September/October 2014
Ontario Planning Journal, Accelerating Sustainable Home Retrofits (Black Creek SNAP)
January 9, 2013
Toronto Star – When ‘Going Green’ Means Exactly That
October 7, 2013
York Advocate, Black Creek SNAP in Action: The San Romanoway Apartment Towers Revival Project at Jane and Finch
August 31, 2012
Green Building and Sustainable Strategies Magazine, “Bringing it Home – How TRCA’s Green Home Makeover is supporting green renovation and market transformation”
July 5, 2012
Rogers TV, Interview with Clifton Coppolino
May 23, 2012
Brampton Guardian, “Brampton home gets green makeover”
April 5, 2012
York Advocate, “Growing Vegetables and re-using rainwater in the Black Creek Neighbourhood”
September 14, 2011
BILD press release, “BILD member, Keystone Interiors, awarded TRCA Green Home Makeover contract”
Spring 2011
Ontario Planning Journal, “Portrait of a community retrofit” 
Summer 2011
Sustainable Builder Magazine, “Community Transformation… it’s a SNAP”
Councillors Ward Report, “County Court SNAP and the Green Home Makeover”
November 2010
Brampton Business Times, “Saving Water is a SNAP”



April 22, 2016
FCM’s Grant Funding supports retrofit action plan in Caledon’s mature neighbourhoods



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