Trent University Elevates Environmental Stewardship Through Funding Support from TD Bank Group

May 9, 2024

An image of Trent community members cutting the ribbon
TD representatives Sebastien Tinor-Roy (District Vice President Belleville & Peterborough, Canadian Personal Banking), Joshua Cayer (Manager, Philanthropy), and Lindsay Kostyk (TD Affinity Market Group Relationship Manager) joined Trent University representatives in the unveiling of newly installed signage on the University Green Network on May 9, 2024.

The generous support from TD will help elevate Trent University's environmental stewardship efforts through enhanced University Green Network (UGN)

Trent University community members will enjoy an enhanced trail experience thanks to key donations made by TD. A $350,000 donation from TD in 2021 has supported the three-year development of a systems-level plan for the University Green Network (UGN), an 868-acre network of land on the Symons Campus that is Trent’s largest classroom.  

The UGN plan includes implementing a range of recommended actions that engage students, researchers, local community organizations, and First Nations to restore and enhance habitat and ecosystems. These recommendations include mapping vegetation and habitats, assessing conditions, and implementing measures to protect and enhance the environment. 

On May 9, 2024, Trent University, along with TD representatives, unveiled newly installed signage on the University Green Network that pairs Western science and Indigenous teachings to educate trail users about the network's biodiversity and cultural significance.  

Sherry Booth ’98, associate vice-president of Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement, expressed gratitude for TD's support and emphasized the collaborative nature of the project saying, “We celebrate TD for their support of land infrastructure developments on campus, demonstrating their commitment to environmental protection, education, and Indigenous Traditional Knowledge. Through this collaboration with TD, we are not only shaping the future of environmental stewardship but also honouring the diverse perspectives that enrich our understanding of the natural world.”  

Outcomes from this donation have been impactful including a healthier ecosystem, better habitat for species at risk, student and Indigenous youth experiential learning opportunities, and showcasing Indigenous Traditional Knowledge. 

"At TD, we aim to help create a healthier, more vibrant planet so that people and economies can thrive. That's why, through the TD Ready Commitment, our corporate citizenship platform, we are proud to support Trent University's Green Network which promotes environmental stewardship and values the integral role that Indigenous communities play in nature protection and conservation,” says Joshua Cayer, Manager, Philanthropy, Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship, TD Bank Group. “By supporting innovative ecological programs, we aim to help build healthier ecosystems that will provide lasting benefits for people and communities."  

Through the University Green Network, Trent University fosters nurturing opportunities for learning and discovery, training the next generation of environmental leaders while actively engaging students and researchers as caretakers of the land. This interconnected, living system integrates Indigenous spaces and perspectives, celebrating Anishnaabeg culture and fostering a deep connection with nature to ensure a sustainable and inclusive future for all.

Learn more about the Trent Lands and University Green Network here.