Thank You
Your contribution and participation helps ensure the sustainability of the program as we move forward in these unprecedented times.

To view a listing of all participating communities click the link below.

The CiB Board of Directors are developing strategic plans and tactical strategies for the program moving forward. We are excited to share our refreshed values, vision and mission :
 Integrity - Respect - Collaboration
Excellence - Accountability

To inspire all communities to enhance the quality of life and our environment through people and plants in order to create community pride.

We are a volunteer, partnership-driven, organization that uses a
multi-tiered competitive evaluation process to foster community strength, involvement, and continuous improvement in the following areas: environmental sustainability; enhancements of green spaces, and; heritage conservation in cultural and natural environments. Our primary focus is on key community sectors that includes municipal, residential, commercial and institutional spaces.
Backyard Transformations
Turn your lawn into the jewel of the neighbourhood
Don't miss out, register today!
Paul Brydges
CiB National Chair
Landscape Architect, owner of Brydges Landscape Architecture since 2006
Tina Liu
CiB National Judge 
Tina Liu, the principal Landscape Architect and Designer with the with the National Capital Commission (NCC), has practiced landscape architecture for 25 years in a diverse range of internationally acclaimed projects
Bob Ivison
CiB International Judge 
Bob provides both strategic and management expertise and support to national Parks Services and other government agencies throughout Great Britain and Europe
Advice, Q+A regarding
Landscape and Floral Displays
Jul 23, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time 

Join CiB panelists Paul Brydges, Tina Liu, and Bob Ivison as they provide advice and Q+A to Registered CiB National Communities . Have your questions ready so we can answer them during this interactive webinar!
Outstanding Community Examples and Best Practices regarding
Landscape and Floral Displays 
Jul 30, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time

Join CiB panelists Paul Brydges, Tina Liu, and Bob Ivison as they provide Outstanding community examples and best practices on Landscape and Floral Displays to all Canadian and international communities. Have your questions ready so we can answer them during this interactive webinar!
CiB Alberta presents:
Tuesday, July 21 @ 10:30 AM
"Tree'ting You to an Urban Forestry Workshop"

Join Maureen Sexsmith-West, Owner of LadyBug Arborists , as she shares with CiB Alberta communities information on topics such as tree inventories, tree & tree replacement, disease, pruning regimes, canopy cover, woodlots management, replacing native species, etc. You won't want to miss this!
30th Annual Organics Recycling Conference Goes Virtual this September
The Compost Council of Canada is excited to announce that the upcoming 30th Annual Organics Recycling Conference will be held virtually throughout the week of September 28 – October 2, 2020.

“From the presentations to our tours and exhibitors, the world of organics recycling opens up to us this year with our online conference format.” Susan Antler, Executive Director, The Compost Council of Canada. “We are thrilled about all the great potential for our delegates to participate, learn and be inspired, helping to move their work forward.” Originally to be held in Moncton, New Brunswick, the conference planning team, jointly led by long-time Council members, Conrad Allain of Transaqua and Bettina Kay of Eco360, continues in force, working through the many details to transform the highly anticipated and valued annual event into the new reality of a virtual format.

“This year’s conference and our depth of speakers will showcase the many ways organics recycling can work within every aspect of society, providing multiple solutions to waste diversion and resource use, climate change mitigation, energy production, water conservation, local economic development, improvements to human as well as soil health,’ said Conrad Allain, Transaqua.

“This conference will be the kickstart to the year ahead where we will involve sectors to identify and work out the solutions to implementing programs to capture the full potential of organic residuals.”

“The usual barriers of travel and associated budgets can now be set aside, allowing our national conference to travel the world to deliver the learning and inspiration to enable organics recycling realize its full potential,” said Bettina Kay, Eco360. “We look forward to having our 30th be our best-ever, welcoming all to our online organics recycling conference this September.”

For more information visit:
The 30 th Annual & 1 st On-Line
National Organics Recycling Conference
of The Compost Council of Canada

Monday September 28 – Friday October 2, 2020
Sessions to be held at various times throughout the conference period.
Virtual visits to organics recycling facilities
Introductions to and information about industry suppliers
and services including a virtual exhibit area.

Registration, Sponsorship, Exhibitor Sign-up Details to follow
with updates provided on the Council’s website:
From Beast to Beauty:
How to Transform Boulevard Strips
by Jeff Foley CLT, CLM

The strips of lawn or dirt between a sidewalk and the street have gained the notorious name of "hellstrip" due to the difficulty these small areas pose to healthy looking landscapes. But there is no need to throw in the towel, there are a few approaches to take to get the best result out of these "hellish" locations.
Bring Back the Curb Appeal

  • Main causes of hellstrip deterioration are heavy shade or dog and pedestrian traffic
  • Each municipality has bylaw restrictions that stipulate which remediations are allowed along hellstrips.
  • Permits are typically required when installing hard surfaces to boulevards.
  • Generally, permits are not required for common remediation projects that include the following combinations: Mulch and lawn: generally the lawn suffers the most directly around trees Slab and lawn: ideal for the worst pedestrian areas Plant material: sometimes lawns will just not succeed; replacing them with plants keeps everything looking lush and green in a different way!
Low Maintenance Plants

Picking the right plant for hellstrip areas is essential. Light conditions, irrigation availability, pedestrian and pet traffic, height restrictions, as well as aesthetics
must all be taken into consideration for the optimal success of plants thriving in these areas.
Don't Forget!
Special Contests - Grants - Bursaries
Deadline for 2020 applications is August 14
Trail, BC couple awarded 'Citizen of the Year' honour.
Dan and Lana Rodlie devoted more than 40 years
to the improvement of the Greater Trail community.

Do you have a great volunteer you'd like us to celebrate?
Send the information to and we'll feature them in an upcoming e-News, or on Social Media!
Get ready for back to school!

Did you know that Nutrients for Life Foundation Canada has many classroom posters available (many of them in both official languages) that focus on plants and soils? Order for your classroom or share our resources with a local teacher. We would be happy to send you copies free of charge and jazz up your classroom this fall.
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Sonia Parrino
Program Coordinator
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