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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

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 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, 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

Thames River Rally Board Member

We are seeking applicants for three positions on the Thames River Rally Board of Directors.

What does Thames River Rally do?

Thames River Rally is a volunteer group that organizes monthly clean-ups of the Thames River within the city of London.

We believe that a healthy river is the lifeblood of a strong community.
We strive to find the most direct way to help Londoners get involved with cleaning up the Thames. We target one area of the river per rally. Volunteers are welcome to spend as much or as little time as they can afford.

TRR recognizes that there are several groups and organizations likewise motivated to clean up the Thames, and seek to build greater collaborative efforts with these initiatives.

What does the Thames River Rally Board of Directors do?

The Board of Directors oversees direction of Thames River Rally, and it assists with the leadership, organizational development and sustainability of the organization. This is a hands-on Board made up of action oriented individuals.

Who makes up the Thames River Rally Board of Directors?

The Thames River Rally Board of Directors are comprised of engaged and environmentally minded individuals. We aim to have leaders from diverse sectors who share a common passion for the natural environment.

This Board of Directors is “lean & mean”, meaning we make the most of our resources and time. We prefer concrete action and direct results. If you prefer being on a Board that takes on work such as scheduling social media posts, sending out volunteer emails and organizing collaborative events, this is the board for you!

What’s in it for you?

  • the opportunity to have an impact on keeping the Thames River clean
  • the opportunity to use your strengths and skills to help cultivate a strong, cohesive and empowered non-profit
  • the opportunity to gain project management, leadership, collaboration and program development skills
  • 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

Do you care about the environment and a clean river?

We are seeking strong leaders with a broad range of strengths, skills and experience who are committed to hands on work and direct action to keep the Thames clean.

Specifically, we are seeking individuals who have experience and skills in:

  • Communications & Marketing
  • Social Media & Websites
  • Fundraising
  • Governance

We believe diversity is valuable and strive to involve representatives that reflects our community.


  • Board of Director meetings occur monthly (convenient dates determined as a group)

Expectations of the TRR Board of Directors:

Board of Directors are expected to be active participants in the Thames River Rally 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 BOD meetings each
  • Participating in a Thames River Rally cleanup at least once per
  • Working collaboratively and respectfully with other BOD members.
  • Communicating and promoting the Thames River Rally mission and events to the London community and public
  • Being alert to opportunities, funding and people that can benefit the Thames River Rally over the long term

of term: BOD 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.

Apply Online Now!

Application cut-off is June 30th 2017.

Summer Student Event Coordinator @ Fresh Water Alliance

Summer Student, Summer Event Coordinator
London, ON
9 Weeks
5 days/week @37.5 hours/week

Anticipated start date of June 5th, 2017 *
*Accepting applications until the position is filled*

From Canada’s big cities to its remote land, waters, and rural communities,

Tides Canada provides uncommon solutions for the common good.

Our mission is to help Canadians secure a healthy environment in ways that promote social equity and economic prosperity. To tackle the complex environmental and social problems that we face in Canada today, Tides Canada provides strategy, expertise, and tools to ensure changemakers can get from vision to impact.

The Freshwater Alliance, a project on the Tides Canada shared platform, is a national initiative that builds, connects and supports freshwater constituencies across Canada. We work with environmental organizations, community groups, governments and businesses to strengthen citizen engagement and participation in the protection of our lakes and rivers.

Position Summary: Our Summer Event Coordinator (Summer Student) will be responsible for supporting the coordination of community events and/or town halls across the Lake Erie watershed. Events will celebrate the connection of our communities with our lakes, rivers and waterways and will be designed to increase public narratives, strengthen community engagement and raise awareness on water decisions affecting communities. Events will, where possible, leverage Canada’s 150­year celebrations emphasizing the current and historical importance of water to our communities, including First Nations and non-First Nations.


  • Organize and lead in community outreach efforts in the London region for our initiative, including:
    • Attend a minimum of 3 local festivals and events
    • Support the organizing of local events and activities (ie. local town halls, film screenings etc).
    • Attend other regional events as needed (ie. Windsor, Chatham-Kent)
  • Support initiative communications, including:
    • Contribute a minimum of 4 blog posts
    • Contribute to monthly initiative eblasts
  • Facilitate the deepening of engagement for local volunteers, including:
    • Host a minimum of 2 volunteer engagement sessions
    • Coordinate outings to Lake Erie
    • Other volunteer engagement activities as defined by interest of local volunteers
  • Participate in regular team meetings.


This position is made possible with support from Canada Summer Jobs and only applicants who meet all of the following criteria will be considered:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  • Have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in September;
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act3; and
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.


  • An understanding of, and enthusiasm for protecting the health of the region’s freshwater
  • Experience with community volunteerism, engagement and outreach activities
  • Ability to organize events and willingness to communicate with residents of London and area on issues of freshwater health
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including use of basic computer programs
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • A valid driver’s license and occasional access to use of an automobile is an asset but not required

How to Apply:

Please send your resume and cover letter to and include “London Summer Events Coordinator” in the subject line. In your cover letter, please help us understand why you’re the ideal candidate by addressing the following questions:

  1. Do you meet the Canada Summer Jobs requirements outlined above?
  2. What interests you most about this position?
  3. Briefly tell us how your skills and experiences are a good fit for this position.

For more information about the Canadian Freshwater Alliance and Tides Canada, please visit: /

As Canadian Freshwater Alliance is on Tides Canada’s Shared Platform,

the selected candidate will be an employee of Tides Canada.


Tides Canada is strongly committed to creating a diverse workplace environment and

we welcome and encourage applications from the communities we serve.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Tides Canada will provide accommodation during all steps of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. Please advise us if you require any accommodation.

Our sincere appreciation to all those expressing interest in the position, however,

only those applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls or recruiters please.

We will accept applications until the position is filled. 

Seeking Steering Committee Members


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
  • Fundraising
  • Governance
  • 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.

LEN’s Role

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

Major responsibilities:

  • 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
    and reporting
  • 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.

Apply Online Now!

Application cut-off is June 5th 2017. New members will be presented to the public on June 14th 2017.

Town Hall about Lake Erie Algae – London

You’ve likely encountered algae in Lake Erie. Perhaps while down at the beach at Port Dover, or fishing off Long Point. Further west, towards Rondeau Bay and Point Pelee you might have experienced how the harmful algae blooms sometimes make the water too toxic for drinking or swimming… for people, pets and wildlife.

Join us on Wednesday May 17th to learn more about what causes these algae to proliferate in Lake Erie; the impact it’s having on birds, fish, wildlife and humans; and what we can do to address the problem.

6:30pm – Coffee, meet & greet. A variety of organizations will have informative displays to share.
7:00pm – Presentations:

  • What causes harmful and nuisance algae and why is it a concern? – April Weppler, Program Manager, Freshwater Future Canada
  • What do the birds tell us? Overview of what current conditions in Lake Erie mean for the numerous bird species that depend on the lake for nesting and migration, including information collected on the issue by hundreds of citizen scientists. – Gregor Beck, Senior Advisor, Development & Citizen Science, Bird Studies Canada
  • What needs to be done to address Lake Erie’s algae problem? – Raj Gill, Great Lakes Organizer, Canadian Freshwater Alliance

8:00pm – Audience Q&A and discussion

Please RSVP for this event by clicking here. Free parking is available on site.

If you are interested in contributing to the town hall, please get in touch with us. There may be opportunities for you or your group to share information and display materials, help with promotion and outreach, and more as we work to keep Lake Erie Alive!


Thames River Cleanup – Tackling Rigid Plastic


All Rigid Plastics Collected During the 18th Annual Thames River Clean Up Will Be Recycled Into New Products

LONDON, Ontario, April 18, 2017—An Ontario river clean-up organization will work to keep plastic off of shorelines and out of landfills at the 18th annual Thames River Clean Up this Earth Day, Saturday April 22. Across 50 clean-up sites in 17 communities along the Thames River, more than 2,000 volunteers will pick up shoreline waste and recycle the rigid plastics for the first time through TerraCycle’s free Beach Plastic Cleanup Program.

“If we could eliminate plastics from our Thames River and other waterways, it will protect our water and environment,” said Todd Sleeper, from Friends of the Thames River. “I couldn’t imagine how bad off our Thames River would be if it weren’t for our wonderful volunteers.”

Past Thames River Clean Up events have collected an average of 1,000 lbs of waste per site each year, with the most common items being plastic bottles, plastic bags and plastic packaging from consumer waste. Traditionally, exposure to sun, sand and algae render marine plastics non-recyclable and destined for landfills. Through the Beach Plastic Cleanup Program, the Thames River Clean Up can now ship these rigid plastics to TerraCycle for recycling into usable material for new products at no cost.

“The work and support of shoreline clean-up volunteers allow us to source valuable resources for use instead of them being thrown away,” said TerraCycle CEO and founder Tom Szaky. “We hope this beach plastic recycling program will inspire consumers to get involved in clean-ups near them.”

Any shore line clean up organization interested in reducing local landfill waste can learn more about TerraCycle’s Beach Plastic Cleanup Program at

Any individual or groups interested in volunteering at the 18th annual Thames River Clean Up can learn more by contacting Todd Sleeper at or visit the Thames River Clean Up website at

About TerraCycle

TerraCycle Canada, a Progressive Waste Solutions partner, takes difficult-to-recycle packaging and turns it into affordable & innovative products. Founded in 2001, TerraCycle is the world leader in the collection and reuse of non-recyclable post-consumer waste. It repurposes the waste into sustainable, affordable materials and consumer products in 21 countries. To learn more, visit

If you have any questions contact: Lauren Taylor at 609-393-4252 x 3705 or