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1 - 2 hours

Story Collection

Why do this?

To recognize how much your neighborhood has changed over the past decades, through changes in urban development, lifestyles, tree growth, and climate change impacts.


Grab a pen and a notebook, spend a pleasant afternoon with your relatives or your neighbour(s) who have lived in the area for a while. Record the stories you hear and what you see, and share your collections by documenting them online.

More greenery or less greenery? Smaller houses or larger houses? Changes in weather patterns? More cars or less cars? How do you feel about this?


"I feel my lifestyle is pretty self-sufficient. I bike or take transit to most places. I also grow my own tomatoes and herbs in ports on my small patio, stores rainwater in a barrel, and plans to grow more of my own vegetables. I love trees, so I planted two honey locust on south side of my apartment to provide shade during hot summers. Besides the sustainable lifestyle, I also hope to reduce my energy consumptions and carbon footprint at home. My husband and I just bought an Energy Star certified laundry machine. It saves us about 35% energy and water!"