The Lower Mainland Green Team was created in Feb 2011 and its volunteers inspired the creation of Green Teams of Canada! Volunteers come from all over the Lower Mainland and work in provincial, regional and municipal parks tackling environmental issues that need cooperation and teamwork to get done. Activities include invasive plant removals, planting native plants and trees and picking up litter. We also volunteer at non-profit farms to promote sustainable local agriculture. The Lower Mainland Green Team has 44 other collaborators (e.g. municipalities, Metro Vancouver Parks, BC parks, stewardship and watershed groups, environmental organizations). The group also runs activities for youth and at-risk youth on weekdays.
The group has grown to over 2350 volunteers, removed 85,000 pounds (about 8 elephants) and 1000 cubic meters (about 4,000 bathtubs) of invasive plants, planted 8,340 native plants and trees and picked up 4,000 pounds of garbage, especially from shorelines.
Recycling Council of BC Non-Profit award for organizations providing services beyond expectations in environmental stewardship
National 2013 Hometown Heroes Award, Earth Day Canada
The Frank Sanford Award for Community Service, Vancouver Natural History Society
Certificate of Recognition, The Jane Goodall Institute