Imagining My Sustainable Community

“If our expectation is for the creative class of the next generation to drive the new green economy, then we must take on the responsibility of providing that generation with the necessary tools to do so.”

- Andrew Davies, Executive Director No.9

Creating a sustainable community

We are No. 9– a non-profit using art and design to bring awareness to environmental and community concerns. Through educational school programming, we focus on youth – the generation of the future. We work with students to inspire and encourage creative thinking around city planning, environmental issues and promoting a sustainable lifestyle.

Our name comes from the nine pillars essential to building a sustainable community:

  •  Water Management
  •  Alternative Energy
  •  Green Building Design
  •  Civic Engagement and Leadership
  •  Public Art and Design
  •  Urban Agriculture
  •  Green Space
  •  Waste Management
  •  Transportation

Each of these is critical in building and achieving a sustainable community. They are also the foundation of the Imagine My Sustainable Community program.

Today’s youth and their ability to imagine is our best hope for a better future. No. 9 wants to tap the unbridled potential that lies in the creative minds of the next generation to find solutions to building more sustainable communities.

Our vision is to empower youth to lead a revolution in creating sustainable communities.

Imagining My Sustainable Community is a revolutionary new program that is engaging and energizing young people in a way never before seen in Canadian public education. It delivers an experiential lesson on how communities work, and inspires and empowers them to create solutions that will improve life in their communities for years to come.

Community engagement, transportation systems, housing, sustainability, infrastructure, reconciliation – they touch us all, every day of our lives, whether we realize it or not. If today’s youth can see just how much of a role urban planning and design play in our daily lives, then they can begin to imagine their own sustainable communities. And imagination knows no bounds.

It’s not a lesson – it’s an experience.

89% of teachers are doing more hands-on activities, and offering more hands-on choices in classrooms (2011 survey of RAFT members)

99% of teachers report students are more engaged and retain more knowledge through hands-on experiences



Throughout the whole process, the No.9 Board of Directors will be actively involved, and the project will be supported by volunteers with specific roles and responsibilities, including:


A select group of visionary leaders from across Canada is integral in guiding the planning and implementation. They will have expertise and a specific interest in sustainable development, environmental education, Indigenous communities, reconciliation and community building.


Engaging youth in the philanthropic process is essential for building a sustainable community. This unique approach will help engage the next generation of partners and philanthropists. The Youth Cabinet will be empowered in their role, and will participate in material development, solicitations, and stewardship and recognition activities.


The traditional Cabinet model will be replaced by the Circle, ensuring this initiative is inclusive to all communities. Circle members will act as the primary volunteers, providing support and leadership based on their strengths. Elders, leaders, connectors, solicitors, storytellers, connectors, communicators, and those interested in governance with be sought.