Projects: Green Home Program

A tailored residential retrofit program, called the Green Home Program, was created to promote indoor and outdoor eco-actions to the County Court SNAP neighbourhood.

the Green Home Program underway in the County Court SNAP neighbourhood
the Green Home Program underway in the County Court SNAP neighbourhood
the Green Home Program underway in the County Court SNAP neighbourhood

About the Program

The County Court SNAP action plan identified the need for green renovation and landscape improvements to the predominantly low-density residential homes in the neighbourhood. A variety of water and energy retrofits were recommended through research into usage, existing housing stock, and environmental condition.

The resulting Green Home Program promoted opportunities for eco-actions to the 910 single family homes in the neighbourhood, as demonstrated in the Green Home Makeover at 71 Turtlecreek Boulevard.

The program focused in particular on homeowners considering or undertaking indoor or outdoor home improvements.

At its launch in 2012, alongside the Green Home Makeover, the Green Home Program offered a full suite of retrofit offers, followed by theme-specific offers in subsequent years.

In 2013, for example, the program focused on tree plantings and fusion gardening, in response to homeowner interest in low maintenance lawns. Offerings included easy access to discounted trees.

trees ready for planting

Initiatives in subsequent years have included:

  • Incentives for energy audits
  • Volunteer residents have hosted HEET (Home Energy Efficiency Team) parties, at which experts demonstrate do-it-yourself home energy retrofits, enabling neighbours to undertake these actions at their own homes.
  • Fusion garden design consultations with the Region of Peel
  • Community volunteer gardening and tree planting days

This program has been led by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) in partnership with SNAP municipal and private sector energy, water, and landscape partners.

To Learn More About the Green Home Program, please contact:
Courtney den Elzen, Coordinator
(416) 669-2329 | courtney.denelzen@trca.ca