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OPA takes great pride in partnering with other organizations to continue to spread awareness and work toward Protecting Tomorrow Today. This page lists some of the upcoming events or programs these partners are hosting.

We invite you to submit a proposal to present at the 2018 Grey to Green Conference. Now in its 6th year, Grey to Green explores the most recent green infrastructure science, economic valuation, asset management, public policy developments, new technology, and best practices in design, installation, and maintenance. The goal is to help inform the current policy debate by making the case for a rapid and significant increase in green infrastructure investment.

This year's theme is Green Infrastructure Jobs, Health and Community Resilience

All proposals must be submitted for review by Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

To learn more, click here

Green Roof Plants & Growing Media - Nov. 30th -This full-day course explores plant and growing media science and describes the unique conditions under which green roof vegetation is expected to perform. Attendees will learn how to design and planting methods can be used to achieve a variety of aesthetic objective. Best practices for material supply and scheduling, as well as common maintenance procedures such as irrigation, fertilization, and monitoring are illustrated via detailed case studies. Reference manual included! 

Instructor: Janet Anderson, GRP, Horticultural Specialist, LiveWall Ontario 

See course learning objectives, and registration information HERE

    Advanced Green Roof Maintenance - Dec. 5th -Advanced Green Roof Maintenance contains indispensable information on green roof care and upkeep. You will learn how to create the design of an ongoing maintenance program, budget the costs of your project, as well as perform common maintenance procedures. This course also includes information vital to diagnosing and mitigating green roof maintenance problems, and provides the tools necessary for developing contracts and inspection reports. Reference manual included! 

    Instructor: Christian Mahlstedt, BA, MBA, GRP, LEEDap, President of Ginkgo Sustainability 

    See course learning objectives, and registration information HERE

    OPA is a proud member of the Green Infrastructure Ontario CoalitionWorking together to promote the value of green infrastructure in Ontario.

    Yardstick is working to collect, share and compare vital parks information to measure current performance, evaluate user satisfaction and advocate for future improvements. They are comparing parks locally, nationally and globally. Click here to learn more.

    Sustainable Trails Certification

    This certificate will give participants the skills to plan, design, construct and maintain sustainable nature trails. Courses in this certificate are taught by field experts from one of Canada’s leading environmental education institutions, Fleming College’s renowned Frost Campus. The certificate can be completed in as little as two semesters. Courses are scheduled on weekends or are available online. Full course descriptions and information can be found here,

    University of Guelph's Turf Managers' Short Course


    To learn more about this University of Guelph training session, click here.

    Smart About Salt Training 

    The Smart About Salt Council is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting freshwater from winter salt applied around facilities. Their innovative training program focuses on ways to improve winter salting practices on facility grounds.  This training program has been developed specifically for Owner/ Operators and their staff of winter contracting companies who apply salt, plow or shovel snow around facilities. 

    Click here to register for Smart About Salt Operator Training Program. 

    Click here to register for Smart About Salt Facility Manager Training Program. 

    Gardens of Remembrance Program

    Communities in Bloom is pleased to announce the 2017 edition of the Gardens of Remembrance.

    The program aims, in the spirit of commemoration, to engage communities throughout Canada to honour Veterans by means of remembrance gardens along with local activities.  The gardens will involve the entire community to ensure that their meaning is known by all, particularly including activities with our youth.

    The Gardens of Remembrance Program goal and objectives are to showcase our gratitude to Veterans—those men and women who served their country in times of war, military conflict and peace, and those who have lost their lives during war and other military engagements—and to recognize the sacrifices made by their families.

    The program will consist of evaluating existing memorial gardens to showcase them and promoting the creation of new memorial gardens to encourage communities throughout Canada to participate in the Gardens of Remembrance program.

    Scotts Canada will be offering a $1,500 contribution to the Best Garden submission and a $500 contribution to two other submissions.

    Three Home Hardware gift certificates ($100 each) will also be drawn amongst all applications.

    The Remembrance Gardens will be featured in the 2018 Spring edition of the Communities in Bloom Magazine.

    Who can enter? 

    • Gardens of Remembrance Program is open to all communities throughout Canada
    • Submissions will be showcased as examples for communities to establish new gardens

    Entry Requirements

    Applications must be submitted, online, along with support material which may include:

    • Photos, video clips (ideally during the season and Remembrance Day)
    • Newspaper clippings [photo and print which include the source, date and page];
    • Newsletters or other community communication documents;
    • Copies of information and promotional material;

    E-mailed or Faxed entries are not permitted.

    Completed submissions must be received by 5pmNovember 30, 2017.

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