How did Sudbury do it?

Over the past 40 years, Sudbury has been transformed from an industrially damaged environment to the envy of the world — a green city with rich experience of environmental recovery and restoration, a dynamic centre of excellence for research and innovation, and a sustainable model of economic development.

The Sudbury Protocol Project was conceived out of the need to answer the scientifically significant and globally important question, “How did Sudbury do it?” Despite many opinions and anecdotal evidence that Sudbury has seen significant success as a direct result of the last 40 years of regreening, there is not a systematic approach or an implementable operating procedure for duplicating our successes to share with other communities.

Thus the idea of a “Sudbury Protocol” came to fruition with the goal of transferring our positive experiences and understanding to those places that may wish to learn from us.

It’s now time to take Sudbury’s success to the world.  Laurentian University and its partners will examine and summarize the important lessons and successful experience Sudbury has had over the last 4 decades and present them to a global audience.


The Sudbury Protocol

The Sudbury Story: Re-greening Science to the Sudbury Region

Sudbury Protocol Conference Program

Over 160 people from academia, all levels of government, NGOs, industry and community groups attended the three-day conference on May 9th to 11th. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, the City of Greater Sudbury, and Science North provided the conference funding.

Conference Program


Re-greening begins with soil amendment. Lime counteracts the acidification of the land, creating a fertile growing environment.

March 23, 2016

Concerted action by government and industry led to a monumental achievement: a reduction of 97% in sulphur dioxide emissions from the world’s largest single source.

March 23, 2016

Lakes and waterways in the Sudbury region are once again full of aquatic life.

March 23, 2016

Millions of native coniferous and deciduous saplings, shrubs and trees were planted and now contribute to the area’s renewed biodiversity.

March 23, 2016

Rock outcroppings amidst the verdant green of new saplings.

March 23, 2016

Healthy ecosystems: Sudbury celebrates its clean lakes and lush green forests.

March 23, 2016

Sudbury’s formerly barren ‘’moonscape’’…

March 23, 2016

… is restored to its natural green.

March 23, 2016