No.9 is a registered charity based in Toronto focused on eco-literacy programming in elementary public schools. Through our immersive, hands-on educational programs, No.9 empowers youth to transform the built world around them, challenging and inspiring them to lead a revolution in building sustainable communities across Canada.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

Youth can be changemakers in improving the health of our planet. 

Teaching youth about sustainable communities equips them with the skills to enter a green economy. 

Innovation begins with Imagination.

Teaching youth practical skills while empowering them to think out-of-the box can lead to innovative change.

Hands-on education is essential to learning.

Not only can kids grasp complex ideas, but if we provide them with the proper canvas, they can learn and create amazing things. 

Sustainable living is does not need to be boring.

Art, design, music, architecture and the occasional party are all key elements in a culture of sustainability.

Environmental Stewardship

Architecture and Design

Hands-On Education

Our Imagining My Sustainable Community program has been delivered to over 2,500 students across North America.

No.9 Gardens is a new initiative transforming a farm in Elgin, Ontario into a living example of a sustainable working organic farm and culinary kitchen.

The 9 Pillars

Our name comes from the nine pillars essential to building a sustainable community.
Each of these is critical in building and achieving a resilient communities. They are also
the foundation of the Imagining My Sustainable Community program.

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

February 19, 2018

Sustainable energy is clean and renewable and can help to provide the power that we need to run our communities.

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TRANSPORTATION

TRANSPORTATION

November 28, 2017

The soil in the landfill areas is toxic—killing the surrounding animal and plant life, and limiting building development in its proximity.

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GREEN SPACE

GREEN SPACE

November 28, 2017

Green space within cities can take many forms: public parks, gardens, nature trails and playgrounds.

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AGRICULTURE & FOOD SECURITY

AGRICULTURE & FOOD SECURITY

November 27, 2017

Urban agriculture is an innovative approach to sustainable city building that leads to healthy, strong and sustainable communities.

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PUBLIC ART AND DESIGN

PUBLIC ART AND DESIGN

November 27, 2017

The power to strengthen the identity of communities, increase civic pride and create a strong sense of place.

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CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

November 27, 2017

In sustainable cities, active public participation is necessary to protect communities for future generations.

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GREEN BUILDING DESIGN

GREEN BUILDING DESIGN

November 26, 2017

Architects and designers have the power, ability and influence to make significant change in the industry…

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WATER MANAGEMENT

WATER MANAGEMENT

November 25, 2017

Sustainable architecture can contribute to water conservation by collecting, storing and recycling rainwater.

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WASTE MANAGEMENT

WASTE MANAGEMENT

August 24, 2017

The soil in the landfill areas is toxic—killing the surrounding animal and plant life, and limiting building development in its proximity.

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