All posts by Skylar Franke

Thames Talbot Land Trust is hiring

Fundraising and Communications Coordinator
Are you a creative thinker with a knack for fundraising and event planning? Would you like to be part of a team dedicated to environmental conservation? A challenging and exciting position is available with the Thames Talbot Land Trust for a Fundraising and Communications Coordinator.

About the role
We are seeking a dynamic individual who is inspired by our cause and wants to use their unique set of skills in a role that is challenging and offers potential for growth. The ability to balance diverse workloads and to meet deadlines despite pressure and periodic interruptions is critical as is the desire to make a contribution in a team environment.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities
Fundraising and Event Planning

  • Plan, organize and execute annual fundraising events
    Manage donor information in the database and use that data to perform data analysis
  • Contribute to campaign strategy
  • Create case statements for future land acquisition campaigns, draft proposals for support, make person-to-person donor contact
  • Perform prospect research and take on development duties to secure major gift donations to support TTLT

Website/Marketing/Communications

  • Manage website content and oversee social media accounts (including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
  • Create content for digital communications (e-newsletter, e-blasts) and print materials (campaign brochure, newsletter, direct mail campaign)
  • Act as the staff liaison for the Membership and Marketing committee

Administration

  • Work with the Treasurer and Executive Director to manage the financial stewardship of the
    organization
  • Act as staff liaison for Finance Committee

Qualifications
The successful candidate will have a degree in Marketing, Communications, Business Administration or Diploma in Not for Profit Management or the equivalent combination of related skills and experience. Strong verbal and non-verbal communication skills with the ability to deal with people sensitively, tactfully, diplomatically and professionally at all times.

  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience with accounting software (Quickbooks) an asset.
  • Experience with Nationbuilder an asset
  • Experience with Graphic Design software an asset
  • Expertise using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram

Annual Salary
$31,987

Hours
Hours of Work: Monday to Friday 9am – 3:30pm.
Some evenings and weekends required.

Other Information:
This positing is for a permanent position working 30 hours per week.

Application Instructions:
Please send CV and Cover letter (in one document) to Suzanne McDonald, Executive Director by 4pm on December 15, 2017. Please reference the job title in the Subject Line. Suzanne McDonald
thamestalbot@ttlt.ca
519 858-3442

Effective Start Date:
January 2nd, 2018

Secondhand & Savvy in London, Ontario

Its #WasteReductionWeek and textiles (aka clothing and other fabrics) are a MAJOR part of the problem. Did you know the average person throws away 37 kilograms of textiles each year, and 95 per cent of those clothes could be reused or recycled? Globally, textiles waste has increased dramatically due to the rise in clothing consumption and production.

You might be under the impression that shopping brand new all the time is your only way to be trendy, fashion forward, and always looking great. Well, sorry to say but LEN is here to prove you wrong! We have amassed a list of all the places in London to shop savvy second hand goods!

1. Filthy Rebina Vintage

At Filthy you will find Men’s and Women’s clothing, accessories and footwear, along with many sweet housewares and trinkets. They specialize in carefully curated vintage finds that are always changing and evolving. This rad vintage spot is always spinning great music, having fun events, and has anything for anyone looking for any kind of vintage piece. (PSSTTTTT – they are having a MAJOR sale this Friday October 20th, with 50% off all their vintage product in store)

                

2. The Sentimentalist Vintage Clothing

This store touts themselves as “a little time travelling oasis” – touting all your retro vintage staples, there is always something new here. Their location in Old East London makes for a great trip to experience all that the neighbourhood has to offer.

3. Blue Pepper Vintage

Blue Pepper offers a well stocked curated collection of quality vintage from the 1920’s to around 1985 with a Diverse Collection of His & Her Vintage Fashions, Timeless Classics and some really Fun and Funky Finds. Located around the corner from Dundas and Richmond, this is a great stop to make if in the Downtown core.

         

4. Style 360 Selective Consignment

Style 360 is the working woman’s choice for price conscious high end consignment that keeps you looking great all year long. This shop prizes itself in only stocking garments of the highest quality so women can look fantastic while making “the economically and ecologically responsible choice”. If you’re looking to shop current fashion – this place is for you.

         

5. Plato’s Closet

Plato’s Closet boasts itself as being the destination for every day basics and trendy designer styles – and we cannot argue with that. Their model has them buying only in season merchandise from people like YOU and selling them at up to 70% of the retail price. They pride themselves in carrying girls sizes 00 – 22 and guys size 26 – 42 waist. Although this store’s key demographic is the younger crowd – the LEN team has all found professional workwear, shoes, and workout attire at a great price and great quality. All it takes is one look at their instagram feed to show you how much of a broad offering Plato’s has for everyone – so take a look for yourself.

6. Boutique Top Floor

When I first began my journey into shopping secondhand, Boutique Top Floor was where it all started. You will find a variety of designer clothing and accessories both new and gently used for all occasions.Whether you are looking for your favourite designer jeans to a dress for that special event, Boutique Top Floor is sure to meet all your needs on budget. New items arrive daily!

7. NU4U Closet

This newer consignment boutique on Richmond Row has something for all savvy shoppers, boasting stock in children’s, women’s, and mens clothing – there is something for everyone. Their prices are fair and selection is great.

         

8. Mine 101

Mine 101 is a fusion of sustainable price conscious fashion and doing good for the local community by directly supporting Women’s Community House. Their mantra of “look good, do good” is everything we like about sustainable fashion in the forest city.

                 

9. Talize

No thrifting list would be complete without Talize, and BEFORE you say its too overwhelming for you – hear me out. On my last visit their entire store was colour coded and perfectly organized, and I was extremely impressed. Beyond the ease of finding the colours and styles you want (yes I did go straight to black thank you very much) – their selection of name brands was truly outstanding and at amazing prices. The best thing about Talize are their Managers Specials in which each day a different section of the store is 50% off. PLUS students get a 10% discount too with valid student I.D. If you need MORE of a reason to shop here, Talize is a proud Platinum Partner of the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. Through this partnership, Talize has contributed over $1.5 Million to this date since its inception in 2005.

10. Goodwill Industries

Its no secret than LEN has a love for GoodWill Industries of Ontario Great Lakes Region and all the work they do to create greener workspaces – but their system for easily donating almost anything puts them on the list for savvy secondhand in London. When you shop at Goodwill, you’re not the only one who gets a great deal.  Last year, sales from Goodwill stores funded employment and job training for people in your Community. Your purchases supported valuable employment, education and training services in your community to help people find a job and get control of their finances. The money you spend stays directly in your community and gives people an opportunity to make a fresh start.

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11. Value Village

With a recent re-branding to focus on the sustainability of shopping second hand, this savvy staple made our list for good reason. In 2016, Value Village repurposed hundreds of millions of items. They keep 700,000,000 pounds of reusable items out of landfill each and every year. Value Village is the place to get great deals on great items. On a recent trip I found two vintage Tommy Hilfiger tee’s, a sweet Zara denim shirt, and some Levi’s jeans. If you’re into hunting for deals, this place is one you should try out – or try again.

12. Habitat for Humanity ReStore

A non-clothing but honourable mention for secondhand shopping in London, Ontario is Habitat for Humanity ReStore. The money raised from the sale of items at the ReStores pays for the overhead costs of operating Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario. By covering our their own costs, they are able to keep our promise that every dollar donated to Habitat for Humanity will go directly towards building homes for families in need. Habitat for Humanity believes that we all deserve to have a strong foundation for a prosperous and opportunity filled life. Habitat ReStore stocks new and used building supplies, furniture, appliances, and so much more.


Know any other second-hand stores we missed? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook by joining the conversation on why secondhand is the better way to shop @LondonEnviroNet


Article written & curated by LEN’s Communications Coordinator Kaitlyn Tyschenko

Member Feature: Garden Club of London

The Garden Club of London is a community organization that was established back in 1951. This organization has a variety of different projects and initiatives within the environmental community in London, mostly focusing on gardening and horticulture. Myself (Ksenia) and Kaitlyn Tyschenko (LEN Communications Coordinator) went to visit Lynne Schmidt at the Civic Garden Centre over the summer to learn more about the Club!

The Garden Club of London’s mission statement is “The promotion of interest in botanical activities through Environmental Awareness, Education, Horticulture and Floral Artistry.” As soon as we entered the Civic Garden Centre, it was clear that they stay true to this mission statement in every sense.

Inside there are many members who come together weekly to make crafts out of natural materials. These include Christmas tree decorations that are painted like different animals as well as wreaths and other natural decorations. The club later sells these crafts at their Craft Sale held in November, which is a major fundraising event for the organization.

The Garden Club also has many significant recent accomplishments, including:

  • Through the purchase and planting trees in the Woodland Restoration Project,the Club is a proud partner with Reforest London and The Million Tree Challenge.
  • Most recently, on February 27th 2016, the Garden Club of London received recognition for their years of dedicated work in the Woodlandfrom Ontario Parks.

The Garden Club of London is very proud of their Woodland Restoration Project, located in Springbank Park. The Club recreated a woodland environment with over 150 different native plants that all have name tags next to them. This is incredibly useful for people walking through and wondering which native species they can plant on their own properties. There are also many places to rest within the Woodland area and appreciate the surrounding nature. This is a wonderful place to visit at any time of the year – it is located across from the Community Centre along the Maurice Chapman Walkway. You can see a full map of the woodlands here.

Maintenance of the Woodland is done by Garden Club members, who constantly plan and promote it. There are soft woodchip paths that provide a welcoming walking surface. Visit the Woodland Restoration Project soon to see the beautiful autumn colours!

Feel free to walk around the Woodland Restoration Project any time of year. As well, the Garden Club of London is always seeking new members so if you have a green thumb, consider joining this very active organization!

Website for the Garden Club of London: http://gardencluboflondon.ca/
Contact Information: http://gardencluboflondon.ca/contact/email-contact/

Article written by Ksenia Kolodka (Communications Volunteer)

 

Resilient Cities Conference

Resilient Cities Conference: Preparing London for a rapidly changing future

In the context of urban environments, resilience can be defined as the capacity of individuals, neighbourhoods, businesses, institutions, and cities as a whole to bounce back and even become stronger after acute events such as hurricanes or chronic stresses such as smog.

The Resilience Cities Conference will explore how London can build adaptive capacity to weather the “storms” of this new century by inviting cutting edge thinkers from our city and beyond. Participants will be challenged to consider the changes they can initiate in their personal and social spheres of influence. We hope that the conference will mark the beginning of a long journey for London as it transforms itself into one of the most resilient and sustainable cities in Canada.

Date: Saturday November 18th 2017, 9-4pm
Location: Central Library, 251 Dundas St. London Ontario.
Time: Conference is 9-4:00pm followed by a special Pints and Politics on Resilient Cities at the Fox and Fiddle from 4:00pm onwards.
Partners & Organizers: London Public Library, Advisory Commitee on the Environment, London Environmental Network, TREA

Registration will be on the Library’s website – and will soon be posted. Stay tuned!

See PDF of Workshops and times: Resilient Cities Plan – Sat Workshop + Speakers 

Nature London Plaque Unveiling – Cause for Celebration!

One of the oldest societies in London is being honoured by the Historic Sites Committee of the London Public Library. Nature London will be recognized by the unveiling of a commemorative plaque on October 13, 2017 at 3:00 pm near the Civic Garden Complex in Springbank Park.

Originally founded in 1864 as an Entomological Society devoted to the collection and study of insects, the club, its name and its interests have evolved over the years. For much of the twentieth century the group was called the McIlwraith Ornithological Club and, later, the McIlwraith Field Naturalists. Since 2009 it has been popularly known as Nature London. Today the organization continues its commitment to the study, enjoyment and conservation of the natural world.

The plaque is being erected in Springbank Park to recognize the club’s longstanding association with the area and the adjacent Thames River. This dates to well before the park’s establishment in the 1870s. In the late 1800s, club members were not only collecting insects but also studying birds, plants and fossils in the park and its environs. A century ago, the group was lobbying the Public Utilities Commission to put a stop to the wanton shooting of birds within Springbank Park. It also asked the PUC to establish habitat there to encourage waterfowl, whose numbers were at an historic low due to decades of overhunting.

Throughout the club’s history, Nature London members have most frequently visited Springbank Park and the adjacent Thames in order to observe birds – recording data on species and abundance. Springbank has been the location of many club-organized field trips to introduce the public to the wonders and diversity of nature. Nature London has also kept an eye on the ecological health of the Thames River and made input to the authorities at appropriate times. For the past two decades Nature London has held its meetings at the Civic Garden Complex within the park.

The plaque honouring Nature London’s 150 years is being erected near the Civic Garden Complex in Springbank Park. Fittingly, the site, which is wheelchair accessible, overlooks the Thames and the park’s main path along the river. Plans are being developed for an exciting event on October 13. Elected officials and the media are to be invited. The program includes the unveiling of the plaque, greetings from dignitaries, an overview of club history, a short nature hike, displays and refreshments.

The general public and everyone interested in nature or history are warmly invited to attend this event. Mark your calendars now and reserve the date – Friday, October 13, 2017 at 3 pm. Meet at the north side of the Civic Garden Complex parking lot at 625 Springbank Drive, just west of Wonderland Road. For more information about Nature London, go to www.naturelondon.ca.

For more information about the plaque-unveiling event on October 13, contact Winifred Wake at dwake@odyssey.on.ca.

How the Goodwill Green Advisory Team is Creating Greener Workplaces

Goodwill Industries is spreading its goal to make the world a greener place with the Green Advisory Team. This is a committee within Goodwill Industries which advocates for sustainable practices in the business workplace, and consequently, in workers’ homes. I spoke to the co-chair of the Green Advisory Team, Andrea von Wahl, to learn more about their practices.

 

The main goal of the team is to implement environmentally friendly actions in the workplace. This includes using energy efficient lightbulbs, maintaining low heat in the winter, composting, and recycling. Andrea explains that “in the process of teaching people how to have a greener business, they learn how to be more responsible, and it influences their home behaviour.”

 

The team only consists of a few members spread across London, Tillsonburg, Woodstock, Guelph, Kitchener, and other parts of the GTA. As co-chair, Andrea’s role is to coordinate a feasible plan for businesses to implement in their daily schedules. She explains that by having an empathetic insight into people’s lives, people become more empowered to change their habits – “You need to seek input and make sure people feel engaged in the process.”

 

One of the Green Advisory Team’s greatest successes is composting. It is normally hard to get employers to install composting programs at their practices, but London has several options to get this done. Where Goodwill owns small properties, they have aerobic digesters in which workers can place their compostable waste. At the Horton location, compost is being picked up by a company that transports the compost to Orgaworld, and with the amount of kitchen scraps that accumulate, this makes a big difference. The team also aims to inform businesses across London that this composting program exists, so they also consider using it in their own practices.

 

The Green Advisory Team also wants to influence the general community by collaborating on projects such as Clean and Green, and the community garden at the Tillsonburg Goodwill store. Andrea is very proud of the community garden which her other co-chair, Leila Nattagh, helped plan. Andrea hopes that people will be motivated to grow their own food – “You may be less likely to waste food if you know what it takes growing it, and you have more respect about what goes on the table.”

 

If you’re interested in helping the Green Advisory Team at Goodwill, there may be a place for you. Andrea explains that it is hard to find capacity to get some work done – they especially need volunteers to strengthen the green ambassador program. The green ambassador program will eventually be implemented in every Goodwill location, and the people in charge will fill in staff on a weekly basis about a simple green tip. For instance, this can be reminding workers about using refillable water bottles or reusing products instead of throwing them out.

 

Andrea recently joined the LEN Steering Committee. She wants to listen to other peoples’ ideas and learn about the best practices. Andrea also wants to bring her passion for the environment and experience as co-chair to the other members of the steering committee.

 

Making green decisions in the workplace will ultimately lead to a happier community and happier planet. Starting off small, like reducing, reusing, and recycling, can lead to more impactful habits like composting food waste. Take care to make these decisions in your own workplace!


Want to know more about the Green Advisory team or get in contact with them?

Green Advisory Team at Goodwill Industries, Ontario Great Lakes
255 Horton Street,
London, ON N6B 1L1
(519) 850-9000
goodwillindustries.ca


Article by: Ksenia Kolodka – Communications Volunteer 

London Environmental Network Volunteer

Project Neutral is hiring!

With new three-year funding from Ontario’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Project Neutral is investing in our tech platform, adding new features that will help them engage more households and catalyze the adoption of low-carbon actions, as well as expanding their footprint to five new cities across Ontario.

They’re recruiting dynamic people to join their team, including:

These are great opportunities for creative, entrepreneurial leaders who want to help shape the future of household climate action in Ontario.

Willing to hire individuals from across Ontario, although the organization is hosted out of Toronto.

Summer Update: What is LEN up to?

Summer is here and we bet you are outside taking full advantage of the delightful weather. Despite being outside and probably not near a computer (maybe you’re reading this on your cellphone actually), we thought you might be interested in hearing what the London Environmental Network has been up to. Skylar is aiming to have a quarterly update on LEN’s ongoing work that everyone can enjoy and use to stay in touch with LEN!

If you want to be even MORE in the loop, sign up for our monthly newsletter here. We love to share member information, grant opportunities, cool projects and lots of other environmental things!


Funding reports (OTF and City of London Mid-Year)
Skylar has been working on the City of London Mid-Year grant report (due end of July) and the Final Report for our 3 year OTF grant (due in October). Our OTF funds are coming to a close (our primary source of funding from 2014-2017) and we will be switching to City of London Community Funds funding as our primary source of funding until the end of 2019. We are eternally grateful to these two awesome granting organizations for giving LEN the ability to grow the environmental sector of London.

Steering Committee
LEN recently recruited 10 new Steering Committee members. We have individuals with a wide range of experience and talent. You can read more about the Steering Committee members here.

Meeting with all our member organizations
Since Skylar started at the end of March 2017, she has met with 12 out of the 40 member organizations and has plans to meet with another 8 over the summer. Skylar is trying to meet with all member organizations to see how they are doing, what LEN can do to help and learn more about their programs and organization. The members just completed a membership renewal process and we gathered some great data about the environmental sector as a whole in London (including amount of volunteers, staff, social media followers and estimated budget of the sector).

Recruiting new members
You will likely see 4 new member organizations join over the summer of 2017. Stay tuned for details about who they are! If you are an environmental organization operating in London, consider joining the London Environmental Network to enjoy all the benefits.

Green Drinks
We re-launched Green Drinks in June 2017 at the London Brewing co-op. You can read an article from LondonFuse about the event here as well as check out photos from the event on our Facebook page here.

Our next event is scheduled for Thursday August 10th at the London Brewing Co-op from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. The topic for August Green Drinks is Food Waste, and we have Paul Van Der Werf from 2cg speaking about food waste in London and his research.

LEN Member Workshops (Grant Writing, Volunteer Recruitment, Social Financing, Youth Engagement, Program Evaluation)
Skylar is busy organizing LEN member workshops for the rest of 2017. July features an environmental  grant writing workshop led by Julie Ryan and Matthew Juszczynski. LEN member workshops are exclusive to LEN members and are a great way for LEN members to learn new skills and meet other individuals working in the environmental sector. (Only LEN members are able to attend these workshops.)

Conference Planning
A conference is in the works for November 2017 about Resilient Cities. This is being organized by the same team as the Urban Agriculture Conference in November 2016. Stay tuned for more details, it’s going to be a fun event!

Office Things
Skylar, Kaitlyn and now Ksenia (see staff/volunteer info here) are busy keeping the organization running with day-to-day operations including, emails, phone calls, social media posts, monthly newsletters, meetings, budgets, funding, governance things  and other ongoing projects.

We’ve helped out a few organizations with their events, graphic design work and connecting organizations to new volunteers or individuals. If you can think of a way to help the environmental sector but are struggling to find a way in, get in touch! Email hello@londonenvironment.net to get started.


To stay in the loop regularly, follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Partners in Climate Action Grant Program

Ontario is launching Partners in Climate Action, a grant program designed to identify and support the development, testing and evaluation of innovative ideas to accelerate the adoption of low-carbon choices by Ontarians. The program will provide funding to projects that:

  • help Ontarians understand how their actions contribute to climate change;
  • identify and remove barriers to behaviour change;
  • motivate Ontarians to make low-carbon choices; and
  • evaluate behaviour-based approaches to achieving greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

The program is looking to fund projects that implement and evaluate behaviour-based, action-oriented approaches to achieving greenhouse gas reductions in Ontario. The program will not fund awareness raising campaigns, pure research projects, or investments in capital assets or infrastructure.

Applicants may request up to $200,000 per project from Partners in Climate Action. Projects with additional funding secured from other partners are encouraged.

Approved projects could plan to start as early as fall 2017 and must be complete by March 2019.

Applicants may submit an optional expression of interest (EOI) by Wednesday, June 28 2017, for early feedback on their project idea. Information on EOI requirements are found on page 17 of the attached application guide.

Partners in Climate Action grant program is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan to fight climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition to a low-carbon economy. The action plan and cap and trade program form the backbone of Ontario’s strategy to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020.

Deadline: Wednesday, July 19, 2017

To be considered eligible to apply, organizations must be legal entities operating in Ontario. Applications will not be accepted from individuals or from provincial or federal governments or their agencies. Partnerships between organizations are encouraged.

Project proposals must meet the following eligibility criteria in order to be considered for funding.

o Eligible lead organization

o Appropriate project timeline (project and project evaluation must be complete by March 2019)

o Uses recognized or emerging tool(s) to motivate behaviour change that addresses a barrier to climate action

o Proposes appropriate metrics, such as:

  • Projected increased uptake in low-carbon choices amongst project participants (expressed as a per cent or a raw measure)
  • Projected direct and/or indirect GHG emissions reductions supported by project (in kg CO2)
  • Number of Ontarians engaged in a behaviour-based low-carbon project (the project’s participation rate)

Visit their website here for more details and how to apply.

Friends of the Coves Youth Leadership Volunteer Program

Searching for youth interested in the environment!

Are you, or do you know someone who is all of the following:
– in highschool?
– requires volunteer hours, or has a passion for volunteering
– has an interest in building leadership skills
– has an interest in environment, sustainability, and stewardship

If you are, or know someone who has said “yes” to all of the above, we have the perfect opportunity!

Friends of the Coves Subwatershed Inc is organizing a youth leadership program!
What? Participants will become familiar with concepts relating to environmental stewardship, and leadership with hands on components!
Where? at the Friends of the Coves office 111 Elmwood Ave.
When? every Friday from 9:30-11:30am starting June 30th and ending August 4th(6 weeks total)
And! There will be a certificate ceremony on August 12th to recognize the youths’ achievements in the program.

If you want to sign up or learn more please contact Bonnie by emailfriendsofthecoves@gmail.com, or by phone 519-640-5397.

Please forward this message to anyone you think may be interested in, or benefit from this experience.

Thank you!

Bonnie Stocking
Communication and Outreach Intern
Friends of the Coves Subwatershed Inc
friendsofthecoves@gmail.com
519-640-5397