Since we started the program in 2012, our partners have hosted 26 events (with three more to come this fall). We’ve removed 4168 m2 of asphalt, which keeps 4405 m3 of stormwater and 718 kg of pollution out of local waterbodies. We’ve planted 109 trees and 3535 plants and shrubs, and engaged over 1500 volunteers.
We’re looking to expand the successful program going forward, and are making applications to depave at least 47 more sites over the next three years. Our experienced partners have a list of sites waiting for depaving, while we’re always getting requests from additional community organizations who are interested in hosting events. If you want to get depaving, get in touch with us!
We’re also excited to be working with Montreal Urban Ecology Centre, who conducted a depave event earlier this year, as they adapt Depave Paradise for Quebec into a new program, Sous les Pavés. We’re providing training, materials, support, and guidance as they prepare to partner with organizations across Quebec to depave 12 more sites.
We want to see depaving go viral across Canada. We are empowering people to re-think urban areas and create pockets of green space where there weren’t any before. Depaving has a host of cobenefits including creating welcoming community spaces, reducing urban heat island effect, creating habitat for pollinators, increasing carbon sequestration, increasing property values, and promoting walkability.
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