The Environment and You – Helpful Tips

June 22-28 is Pollinator Week!

Pollinators, such as bees, butterflies and birds, are important to the health of our community.  They help plants produce seeds and the fruits they bear. It is estimated that 35 per cent of global crop production relies on pollinators!

Richmond Hill is working to foster natural and built communities that support pollinators through our Environment Strategy, our partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation and participation in the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge and Bee City Canada initiatives.

You can help by planting native wildflowers and flowering species at home (check out our Healthy Yards Program!) and by creating pollinator habitat through community gardens.

RichmondHill.ca/Pollinators

Planning for a Resilient Community

Resilient Richmond Hill is a city initiative aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and planning for the impacts of climate change. As part of Resilient Richmond Hill, the City is preparing a Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) to understand our community’s energy consumption patterns and identify opportunities to conserve energy, save costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Since spring 2019, a number of community engagement activities have taken place to increase awareness about climate change and encourage participation from the community and stakeholders.

For more information about this initiative, or to provide input to the CEEP, visit RichmondHill.ca/ResilientRH.

You can help grow our urban tree canopy!

Trees provide many benefits to our community:  improved air quality, shade and wildlife habitat, and higher property values. Despite challenges, Richmond Hill succeeded in increasing its tree canopy cover (the percentage of land covered by trees and shrubs) from under 25% in 2010 to almost 30% in 2016. 

You can help our canopy cover continue to grow by taking advantage of the Backyard Tree Planting Program! A partnership between Richmond Hill, York Region and LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests), this program provides local expertise to help you select and plant the right trees and shrubs for your yard. 

LEAF offers Full Service Backyard Tree Planting, Do-it-Yourself Tree Planting, Native Garden Kits, and shrubs at subsidized rates.  Staff have adjusted work procedures to ensure physical distancing can be maintained.

To find more information and to place an order, visit www.yourleaf.org or call 1-888-453-6504.

Repair Cafe

Do you have a broken item at home that needs repairing? Then you may be able to get it fixed at the Repair Café – for free!

When: August 29 and October 24, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Richmond Hill Central Library (1 Atkinson Street)

Registration is required and opens approximately one month before the event date. Please visit York.ca/RepairCafe to register and learn more about Repair Cafés in York Region.