Who We Are:
The Yorklands Green Hub (YGH) is a non-profit organization working to create a one-of-a-kind green hub in Guelph for the benefit of the community on part of the former Guelph Correctional Centre (GCC) heritage lands. On them we aim to develop an education centre among the scenic streams, ponds, meadows, and trails. Until then, we refer to the area as the Yorklands site.
*At present, we do not have charitable status and we are unable to issue receipts. With your support we are building up our programming to achieve status in the future.*
Our Vision Statement:
Our vision is to cultivate a sustainable environment through education and research on renewable energy, water conservation, and urban agriculture on our chosen site with its fields, wetlands, streams, and ponds.
Our Mission Statement:
At Yorklands Green Hub our mission is to work in partnership to promote the repurposing of the Superintendent’s House and a portion of land on the former Guelph Correctional Centre in order to create an interactive sustainable environments centre.
To create, for Ontario’s public domain, a self-sustaining education, demonstration, and research hub (living lab) at the provincially owned former Guelph Correctional Centre. The City of Guelph and the Province of Ontario and its citizens will be recognized as world leaders in the development and implementation of resilient and sustainable ecological, social and economic innovations related to:
- RENEWABLE ENERGY & SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION
- WATER CONSERVATION
- LOCAL FOOD PRODUCTION & URBAN AGRICULTURE
- CULTURAL/NATURAL HERITAGE PRESERVATION
- OUTDOOR EDUCATION & RECREATION
- Preservation of the unique cultural and natural heritage of the GCC lands through adaptive reuse
- Diffusion of local, sustainable and affordable food initiatives throughout Ontario.
- Creation of educational demonstrations to help citizens and businesses choose low impact and carbon neutral energy alternatives
- Increased engagement of citizens in building strong, resilient, safe and inclusive communities.
As the former Guelph Correctional Centre is for sale, we are working with Infrastructure Ontario and prospective developers to secure a lease that covers our two main objectives:
1. To secure 70 acres designated heritage/cultural for innovative small-scale agricultural, energy and environmental sustainability initiatives.
2. To secure and retrofit the Superintendent’s house as a centre for interactive educational programs
We have developed a partnership proposal to help clarify the terms of this process.