LEN has been working towards building a target based sustainability program (TBSP) for local London businesses. The overall goal of the TBSP is to convene a network of businesses to help them set sustainability goals, assist them in achieving those goals and celebrating them when they do. The TBSP will support businesses in establishing, monitoring, and achieving personalized sustainability goals. There will be a focus on carbon, waste, and water reduction, however, other environmental initiatives will also be recognized.
School Program Assistant
ReForest London (www.reforestlondon.ca) is a non-profit organization dedicated to partnering with our community to enhance environmental and human health in the Forest City through the benefits of trees.
We are seeking a program assistant to support our Program Coordinator with our new school program. In this program, we will be delivering a set of four educational modules and activities to 30 schools per year to teach students in Grades 4-6 about the many benefits of our trees and forests, to develop a deeper understanding of the role they play within our natural heritage system, and to empower students to make positive environmental change. The assistant will plan and implement workshops with local students in elementary schools, assist with planning and implementing tree-planting projects in schoolyards, lead educational tree hikes, assist with research, and support our outreach and communications activities.
This is a full-time (30 hours/week) position beginning February 2018, renewable on an annual basis (contingent upon funding).
The School Program Assistant will support our Program Coordinator with:
- Educational programming and development:
o assist with planning and implementing student workshops in local elementary schools related to seedling planting, for classroom seedling-growing initiatives
o assist with planning and implementing site-planning workshops for tree-planting projects in schoolyards, including mapping, soil samples, participatory design, logistics, and coordination of plant orders and delivery
o assist with planning and implementing tree-planting projects in schoolyards
o plan and implement educational tree hikes with elementary students in local environmentally-significant areas
o develop and curate educational materials
o link all educational programming to the Ontario Curriculum
o Collect and analyze data related to participation, tree planting, tree health, distribution of seedlings, and other related topics
o report on progress of the program, including evaluation of workshops
o Assist staff with a review of existing research related to assisted migration and climate change
- Outreach and Communications:
o assist with development and utilization of communications systems for participating schools in the program
o write, curate, and publish content related to the program for use on our website and social media
o assist with development of public education & engagement activities
What we’re looking for:
The ideal candidate is passionate about trees and environmental education, especially hands-on experiential learning, and enjoys working on a number of different projects at a time. The ideal candidate is also an excellent communicator, has experience with teaching or leading youth and children, and truly loves working with them. A background in research is an asset. As this is a new program for us, the ideal candidate is also someone who enjoys developing up with a vision for an initiative and who gains satisfaction from seeing that vision turned into a reality.
ReForest London is happy to teach the more specific skills that pertain to the position, such as the use of GIS and Client Relationship Management (CRM) database software.
- University or College graduate of one of the following fields: Education (with teachable subjects in the Sciences or Social Sciences), Geography, Environmental Sciences, Natural Sciences, Forestry, Ecology, Biology, Botany, Landscape Architecture, Horticultural Technology, Environmental Technology
- This position will be funded through the Science and Technology Internship Program (STIP).
To be eligible for this program, the applicant MUST be:
- A graduate of a post-secondary institution between the ages of 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of the internship;
- A Canadian Citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or have granted refugee status in Canada (no work permits or student visas);
- A first-time participant in the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) program;
- Unemployed or underemployed; and
- Not in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.
- Experience with teaching or leading children or youth (through educational programming, camps, mentorship programs, or other similar activities)
- Knowledge of Ontario’s native species a strong asset
- Some experience in the administration and/or development of environmental programs and working with community volunteers is considered an asset
- Experience working in a non-profit setting is valuable
- Public speaking and educational outreach
- Understanding of the Ontario Education System
- Research and reporting writing
- Working knowledge of ArcGIS and related mapping skills a strong asset
- Flexible and self-directed, used to dealing with multiple projects at a time
- Excellent communication and presentation skills
- Excellent time management
- Reliable vehicle, required for visiting schools to deliver programming throughout the City of London. During certain months of the year, we expect the Program Assistant to be in schools delivering programming most days of the week.
- A genuine passion for environmental education and kids is a must!
Please note that this position may include some evening and/or weekend work (both Saturdays and Sundays) throughout the year.
Hours & Salary:
- $30,000/year for a full-time (30 hours/week) position. The position will be renewable on an annual basis, contingent upon funding.
About Our Office:
We work in a busy, fast-paced environment (especially during planting seasons!), and get our energy from knowing that the work we are doing is making a difference in our community and the daily lives of thousands of students each year. Members of our team all bring their own expertise and strengths to the table, and collaboration and reflection are both important parts of our organizational culture. (We’re also big fans of pot-luck lunches!). For nature enthusiasts, our office is located right next to the beautiful Westminster Ponds Environmentally Significant Area, London’s largest ESA and a wonderful place to enjoy a lunch-time hike or picnic. We are passionate and dedicated individuals who truly work every day to make London a better place.
Apply by 5pm, January 30, 2018 to email@example.com with the subject line “School Program Assistant”. Send cover letter detailing how your skills, experience, and education fit with this position, along with your resume, in the same Word or PDF document.
Please confirm in your cover letter that you are eligible for the internship per STIP requirements. All applications received will be acknowledged with a reply email. However, only those to be invited for an interview will be contacted. Anticipated start date is early February 2018. No phone calls please.
ReForest London Location:
944 Western Counties Road
Link to map: https://goo.gl/maps/HEfwHNTNj4E2
Green Drinks is back in London this January to ring in the New Year! We will be hosting our next event at the London Brewing Co-operative on Thursday, January 18th from 6:30pm – 9:00pm. The London Environmental Network is once again excited to offer Green Drinks every 2 months in 2018, with the intention of highlighting some of our amazing LEN members at each event.
The feature speaker will be Marianne Griffith, director of the London based organisation Building Better. Building Better is a not-for-profit organisation committed to advocating and implementing sustainable building solutions in residential, commercial and public settings. They hope to empower and enable individuals and communities to implement emission reduction solutions in existing structures, develop new, community run, zero emission facilities, and influence policy making to prioritize sustainable outcomes.
Marianne will share the unique approach Building Better takes to sustainable building, as well as talk about the Chippewa Sustainable Living Project, an exciting partnership with Chief Myeengun of the Chippewas on the Thames First Nations. For more information about Building Better or the Chippewa Sustainable Living Project, visit the Building Better website at www.wearebuildingbetter.com.
New year, new intentions! This month, with our New Years resolutions fresh on our minds, we will be providing an opportunity to share our environmentally focused goals with one another. Come with an intention (or a few!) ready to share on our Green Intentions board. Small changes in our daily lives can make a huge difference on our environment and community. Lets share our intentions, get inspired, and support one another on our 2018 goals! Note cards and pens will be provided, but we encourage you to get creative with recycled items found at home to share your intentions!
Please use public transit, carpool or active transportation to attend the event if possible – there are bike racks available outside the LBC.
Green Drinks is an organic, self-organising network of people interested in talking about environmentally related topics. Stay in the loop by checking out the London Environmental Network’s website, or follow londonenvironet on Instagram.
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!
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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?
Article by: Ksenia Kolodka – Communications Volunteer
London Environmental Network Volunteer
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)
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.
Please forward this message to anyone you think may be interested in, or benefit from this experience.
What does the Steering Committee do?
The Steering Committee establishes and oversees policy and direction of the London Environmental Network, and it assists with the leadership, organizational development and sustainability of the Network.
Who makes up the LEN Steering Committee?
The London Environmental Network is made up of a combination of representatives of LEN organizations and the community at large. We aim to have a highly-skilled and knowledgeable leadership team that will both represent the membership of LEN and the diversity of our community to provide a strong foundation for the stability and growth of the network which exists to serve the environmental nonprofit sector in London.
What’s in it for you?
- the opportunity to have an impact on building a healthy and sustainable city
- the opportunity to use your strengths and skills to help cultivate a strong, cohesive and empowered non-profit environmental sector
- the opportunity to gain project management, leadership, collaboration and program development skills
- the opportunity to mentor and be mentored by community minded professionals and environmental leaders
- the opportunity to enhance your knowledge of the environmental issues that impact all of us locally, provincially, nationally and globally
- the opportunity to develop relationships with a wide variety of dynamic concerned citizens
- the opportunity to experience a sense of accomplishment, contribution and connection to the community
- oh, and we like to have fun while we do all of these amazing things
Are you experienced and do you have the time?
We are seeking strong leaders with a broad range of strengths, skills and experience who are committed to the role of a strong, cohesive and environmental non-profit community in building a healthy and sustainable community.
The long-term goal is for LEN to become incorporated, and that the Steering Committee would transition into a Board of Directors. It’s an exciting time to get involved!
Specifically, we are seeking individuals who have experience and skills in:
- Communications & Marketing
- Program growth and development
- Program Evaluation
- Employee/volunteer engagement
- Networking and Collaboration
We believe diversity is valuable and strive to involve representatives that reflects our community.
Mission and Goals
Our Mission (What we do)
The London Environmental Network (LEN) connects over 35 local non-profits and community groups working with an environmental focus.
We work to build strong, resilient organizations so they can be more effective at creating positive environmental change over the long term. The London Environmental Network also acts as a doorway into the environmental non-profit sector so Londoners can more easily learn about environmental efforts in our city and how to get involved.
Our Vision (Why we do it)
We believe that by cultivating a strong, cohesive and empowered environmental non-profit community, we will engage more Londoners in growing a healthy, sustainable city.
Our Goals (How we do it)
- Facilitate collaboration between environmental organizations
- Provide training and shared resources to make groups stronger and more effective
- Empower member organizations to communicate their stories better and become more effective at making change
- Be a central source for Londoners to learn about environmental groups, events and activities
- Recruit volunteers and supporters for member organizations
- Provide high level oversight to the implementation of the LEN strategic plan including monitoring of goals and approving adjustments when necessary
- Ensure that Network is accountable to funding sources in terms of deliverables
- Act as an ambassador of LEN communicating its purpose and successes to the community and identifying opportunities for partnerships and collaboration
- Drive resources (funding, people, opportunities) toward the Network
- Create and participate in ad hoc and sub-committees to address specific or ongoing Network
- Engage in succession planning for the London Environmental N
- Steering Committee meetings occur monthly (convenient dates determined as a group)
- Ad hoc and sub-committees meet as needed for their work
Composition of Steering Committee:
- Thames Talbot Land Trust Executive Director
- ReForest London Executive Director
- Director, Environmental Programs & Solid Waste, City of London
- 4 representatives from LEN Member groups
- 4 additional community members with appropriate experience and fit
Steering Committee members are expected to be active participants in the London Environmental Network’s governance, activities, and support, committing to a minimum of 4 hours a month. This can be demonstrated through the following:
- Participating in at least 75% of the Steering Committee meetings each
- Serving on at least one ad hoc or sub-committee of the Steering Committee.
- Participating as a London Environmental Network representative in at least one public event per
- Working collaboratively and respectfully with other Steering Committee
- Communicating and promoting the London Environmental Network’s mission and Member organizations in the London community and public
- Communicating and promoting to LEN Member organizations the value of membership both for individual groups and for the whole sector
- Being alert to opportunities, funding and people that can benefit the London Environmental Network over the long term
- Becoming familiar with the London Environmental Network’s finances, budget, and financial/resource needs.
Length of term: Steering Committee (SC) members serve 2-year terms, and may serve up to two consecutive 2-year terms. After a one-year break in service, former SC members become eligible to serve up to two additional 2-year terms.
Application cut-off is June 5th 2017. New members will be presented to the public on June 14th 2017.