Creating positive change together

Join the call for a more sustainable, resilient, vibrant, inclusive and equitable community.

Make change

Climate Justice Corner

Find resources to learn, act, and connect at the Main Library on Mackenzie.

Project Impact

Create or support a small project to make your community better. Applications now open!

Pollinate Sudbury

Get to know your plant neighbours.

Creating positive change together

Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury
2006

CLS is born

Roughly 30 people and 14 community groups come together with a common vision.

Greenspaces
2008

Protecting greenspaces

One of our first campaigns was to advocate for a citizen panel to create an inventory of Greater Sudbury's green spaces and work towards their protection. The Green Space Advisory Panel came to be in 2008. During their two terms, they protected 154 green spaces (~2500ha).

Transit
2010

Organizing for sustainable transportation

Starting as CLS working groups, Bike Sudbury (originally Sudbury Cyclists Union) and Friends of Sudbury Transit brought people together to improve biking and transit in our community.

Good Green Town Hall
2010

Getting green issues on the agenda

In the 2010, 2014 , 2018 & 2022 municipal elections, we and our partners hosted a Mayoral Town Hall, as well as candidate surveys and pledges on environmental and social issues..

Blue Green Algae
2011

Banning Phosphorous

Ontario was the first Ontario city to ban the use of lawn fertilizers with phosphorus, thanks to advocacy by CLS, Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance, and other water stewards.

Hill Top View
2012

Anti-idling bylaw

Following a CLS campaign, Council enacted an anti-idling by-law

2013

Watershed Studies

With continued advocacy, Council supported watershed studies in our city of lakes. Dedicated funding was allocated in 2015.

Project Impact
2014

Project Impact

In 2014, we initiated Project Impact. Project Impact supports small community projects with a big impact. People pitch their ideas, people pitch in donations, the community votes, and the projects with the most votes get funded. We have funded 48 grassroots projects so far. Participants make great connections and feel the support of their community for their efforts to make a positive difference.

Rain garden
2014

Rain barrels & rain gardens

Our rain barrels and rain gardens project empowered residents to protect the health of our lakes and waterways. Getting all students involved, we installed two rain gardens at Adamsdale P.S. to store and filter stormwater run-off. We delivered 3000 educational flyers in the Ramsey Lake watershed. We provided 115 affordable (and recycled) rain barrels to residents. We held workshops for residents and for landscape professionals, and shared information with gardeners. We helped build capacity in the community, where more rain gardens are being put in.

Sustainable Transportation
2015

Funding cycling infrastructure

Council dedicated annual funding for cycling infrastructure. An Active Transportation Coordinator was hired the following year.

Walk Sudbury
2016

Walk Sudbury

We collaborated on Walk Sudbury, choosing and wayfinding 16 walking routes with community volunteers.

2019

Climate Emergency Declaration

On May 28, 2019, with over 300 citizens of all ages in attendance, Council received a climate action petition with nearly 3000 signatures from throughout Greater Sudbury, declared a Climate Emergency, and committed to moving forward on climate change mitigation and adaptation, with a goal of net zero by 2050.

Climate Cafe
2020

A plan to reach net zero

Council approved the Community Energy and Emissions Plan, our community's roadmap to achieve net zero.

Neighbourhoods together
2020

Neighbourhoods Together

We hosted a series of simple, COVID-safe neighbourhood-based activities to connect people with their neighbours and do something positive together

Mshkikike
2020

Mashkikike

We collaborated on "Ma-sh-ki-ki-ke: A story of healing, pour nous et pour la terre." This holistic design was awarded an honourable mention in the Sudbury 2050 international design competition.

Community art
2021

Place Hurtubise Courtyard Mural

We coordinated a community-led interactive courtyard ground mural in collaboration with Place Hurtubise Tenant Association, Live Love Louder, Myths and Mirrors Community Arts, Ward 8 CAN.

Planting trees and gardens
2021

Place Hurtubise Regreened

We cooordinated a community-led regreening project in collaboration with Place Hurtubise Tenant Association, Ward 8 Community Action Network and Sudbury Shared Harvest.. 23 native trees, an edible forest and pollinator garden, tenant pollinator gardnens, sitting stones and picnic tables have brought more nature to Place Hurtubise Playground and housing. The playground has become a vibrant gathering place for the neighbourhood.

Community Actions - Fridays for Future
2023

Climate Resilience

We successfully advocated for a senior climate resilience staff position to lead the City's climate mitigation and adaptation action. Council approved the position in June, while also adopting the Community Climate Adaptation Plan.

2023

Climate Justice Corner

We launched a Climate Justice Corner at the main library, in partnership with Greater Sudbury Public Library. Community members can find books, information, and resources to take action, get involved, or broaden their understanding of climate action and climate justice.

Save LU Greenspace
2023

#saveLUgreenspace

We successfully campaigned for Laurentian University to keep the LU greenspace and trails for the community. The LU greenspace had been in danger of being sold due to LU's insolvency.

2023

Pollinator Gardens

We provided native pollinator plants for Wahnapitae First Nation, Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation, Westmount, Walden, and Birkdale community housing community gardens.

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Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury

We are a grassroots, volunteer group working towards a green, healthy and engaged community where everyone can thrive. 

We speak up for a sustainable and equitable community.  We collaborate on inclusive, community-led projects. We support citizens and community groups in having a voice and creating positive change where they live.  We are a connector.

Together we make a difference.

Join us!

Join with over 1500 people who have declared their support for a green, healthy and engaged Greater Sudbury!

  • Pledge your support for a sustainable and equitable community.
  • Keep informed on environmental and community  events and issues.
  • Share your priorities.
  • Get involved however it works for you.
  • Share your address to show that support comes from all over Greater Sudbury. We don’t send mail-outs.