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Geoffrey Cape

Geoffrey Cape is the Founder and leader of Evergreen and has spent more than 23 years building a supportive culture of innovation that is well recognized and attracts talent. He is a past recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award and numerous others, due to his success as a leader in urban innovation.

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Hybrid Social Enterprise
Cities and Urbanization; Sustainable Development
Areas of Impact
North America, Canada


Evergreen is a corporation and non-profit organization that is an international leader in green, sustainable city movements, working with communities, corporations and governments. It operates as both a charity and hybrid social enterpriseventure. Since its inception in 1990, it has partnered with over 700 urban projects and 4,500 school projects, directly reaching more than 3 million people.

Evergreen is a recognized international leader in the green/sustainable city movement, in large part because its community partnerships enable it to effectively measure up to the scale of its ambitions. One of its recent initiatives is the Evergreen Brick Works project, which will redevelop a 17-hectare former industrial site in Toronto into an international centre of excellence for green cities. The centre will feature: large-scale exhibits; conference facilities; Cisco enabled tele-presence meeting facilities; education programmes; a local farmers’ market; and a range of programmes focused on sustainable building design and urban issues, youth leadership and children’s camps, creative arts, and youth-at-risk job training.

Evergreen’s core strength is facilitating community partnerships and convening leaders to support action to green cities. It has an eight-person management team and 110 member staff, consisting of urban planners, architects, researchers, facilitators, educators, ecologists, and marketing and finance professionals. Together they have built an effective and replicable Model to forge community, government and corporate partnerships for change in cities globally.


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