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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


  • 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


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

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

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
519 858-3442

Effective Start Date:
January 2nd, 2018

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.

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.

Summer Job Posting for the London Environmental Network

Summer Job Posting for the London Environmental Network

Job title: Communications & Outreach Assistant

Hourly wage rate: $11.40/hour for 37.5 hours a week. 16 week contract.

Position Details:

We have funding for a 4 month contract (16 weeks) starting May 8th 2017 to Friday August 25th 2017. We do have some flexibility on the start and end dates however – so don’t let that be a deterrent! You must also meet the following Canada Summer Job requirements; must be between 15-30 years old, currently registered as a full-time student and returning as a full-time student and must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or official refugee.

The Organization:

The London Environmental Network (LEN) is a network of local environmentally focused non-profits and community groups. LEN works to strengthen these groups internally so they are better able to make positive change over the long term. The LEN also works to raise the profile of the environmental non-profit sector so we attract more volunteers and supporters in growing a healthy, sustainable city.

The London Environmental Network is currently seeking a 4 month summer student to be our Communications & Outreach Assistant from May-August 2017. The successful candidate will help us with our external communications, outreach booths, events, and with certain research projects and reports.

The Overview:

  • You’ll be responsible for curating content for the London Environmental Network’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts for 4 months (both scheduled and in person posts)
  • You will attend member events to take photos and promote
  • You will be responsible for setting up and staffing a few outreach booths throughout the 4 months
  • You will help the Network Coordinator with compiling information for certain projects. You’ll also do a little bit of work on the social media analytics for the organization.
  • You will help with event management, including event invites, coordinating food, and event setup
  • Your days will be a mix of office work and event/outreach work.

Our Culture:

Small but mighty is our trademark! If you are the successful candidate you will be working in a team of two as you would be working closely with our Network Coordinator to achieve both your personal goals and the organizational goals. We want you to succeed just as much as we want to benefit from your work at LEN.

We encourage Woof Wednesdays (if you have a trained dog you can bring it to work on Wednesdays). We love potlucks (usually once a month). We also encourage you to take advantage of the beautiful nature surrounding the office by taking walking breaks throughout the day.

Preferable Experience:

Preference will be given to candidates that have the following experience:

  • Ideally in a program related to marketing, communications, event planning, non-for profit or community development
  • Demonstrated use of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for non-personal use
  • Ability to write clear and engaging content
  • Setting up and staffing outreach booths
  • Some experience with program implementation, evaluation or development
  • Reporting skills (budgets, tracking, evaluation etc.)

The Details:

The Communications & Outreach Assistant will be working on the development and delivery of the London Environmental Network (LEN) communications strategy along with updating and evaluating current LEN material.

Responsibilities of the Communications & Outreach Assistant will include:

  • Development and posting of social media content
  • Design, development and implementation of LEN monthly e-newsletter for Londoners
  • Design of event invitations, surveys and other updates for email community as required
  • Assisting with the development of material for the LEN website
  • Monitoring and responding to questions on the email group
  • Assistance in the development of outreach material for LEN and network organizations
  • Participating in local events put on by LEN and network organizations as a photographer/blogger
  • Creation of analytics report to evaluate the performance of LEN communications
  • Outreach booth setup and staffing at certain events
  • Researching and setting up a CRM database to track LEN members
  • Researching grant opportunities for environmental groups
  • Assisting with creating a streamlined way to access municipal, provincial and federal environmental projects, programs and news on a regular basis
  • Maintaining a daily log of activities and achievements
  • Performing other similar and related activities as required
  • Reporting project progress to the Network Coordinator in a timely manner
  • Creating a transition manual to be delivered to the next Assistant

Supervision and Mentoring Plan:

The Communications & Outreach Assistant will report directly to the Network Coordinator of the London Environmental Network. Orientation to the London Environmental Network and the position will be provided at the beginning of the position and will include an overview of the London Environmental Network organizational structure, mandate, policies, procedures and properties.

Project training and supervision will be provided by the Network Coordinator who will communicate the specific goals, tasks and expectations of individual projects. The Communications & Outreach Assistant will work with the Network Coordinator directly most days and be in contact on a daily basis when working independently.

The Network Coordinator will meet with the Communications & Outreach Assistant once per week to review progress on projects, update work plans accordingly, and discuss new ideas and challenges.

How to Apply:

Email by Thursday April 27th 2017 with a cover letter and resume. Interviews will occur on Friday April 28th, Monday May 1st and Tuesday May 2nd. Start date May 8th ideally.

LEN Seeking Advisory Committee Member

LEN is seeking an Advisory Committee Member.

We are encouraging applications from LEN member organizations but will also consider applicants from outside the LEN membership. The LEN 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. This time of growth is an an exciting time to be a part of the LEN Steering Committee.

Want more information about an Advisory Committee Member for LEN does?
Read this document: Steering Committee Role Description

Click here to apply online now by filling out this simple form.

Collaborative Composting Initiative: Forks to Farm Project

In August of 2015, the London Environmental Network (LEN) brought together representatives from the City of London, Environment, Fleet & Solid Waste, non-profit environmental groups, environmentally focused businesses and concerned citizens to dialogue about the opportunities for collaborative composting projects. The result are three collaborative composting projects. In this month’s LEN community newsletter, we feature the Forks to Farm Project.


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The purpose of the Fork to Farm Pilot Project is to demonstrate that organic waste recovery is achievable and practical for restaurants. The project will demonstrate the process and produce data to support this assertion. Organics from restaurants involve everything from used oil in grease traps to any form of food product.

The project will engage 5-15 restaurants in London. There will be no cost to the participants during the pilot phase. The City of London will pick up organic waste, from bins provided to the restaurants by Wild Craft Permaculture, and deliver it to a recycling facility.

Participating facility StormFisher is a locally owned and operates a 2.85 MW biogas facility in London that converts up to 100,000 tons of organic waste each year into electricity and organic-based fertilizer.  Biogas power generation systems produce electricity from organic’s methane content while also recapturing and returning valuable nutrients as an organic fertilizer. The fertilizer is used by local farmers and the electricity is fed into the grid and sold to the Ontario Government.

Three project team members are community volunteers contributing their time and expertise to the planning, launch, facilitating and evaluation of the project. We look forward to updates on the project again in the fall when it wraps up in October.

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A special thank you goes out to Brandon Moffatt from StormFisher for showing us around, allowing us to photograph the project, and loaning us beautiful, over-sized work boots to walk around in!

Written By: Lee Jones
Photography By (except for aerial photograph): Katie Michiels

ReForest London Advance Notice Distributors

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Advance Notice Distributors are primarily needed for ReForest London’s Tree Blitz program, to distribute advance notices to homeowner mailboxes or pre-canvas the targeted neighbourhood 1-2 weeks before the event.


  • Distribute promotional materials to targeted neighbourhoods or addresses
  • Track addresses/area canvassed

Time Commitment

  • 1-2 hours per shift during the Spring and Fall for Tree Blitzes

No training required. Instructions will be given at the beginning of each shift.

No previous experience required.


  • Enjoys being outdoors and walking
  • Able to distribute materials while keeping track of areas visited
  • Comfortable interacting with home owners

Other Requirements

  • Enjoys being outdoors and walking
  • Able to walk for 1-2 hours
  • Able to keep track of houses visited
  • Knowledge of tree species an asset but not required

To Apply
Please fill out our volunteer application form and indicate “Canvasser” as area of interest.

Fall 2016 Shifts

Date Time         Area Address Sign Up!
Weds. August 24th 6 – 8 pm Argyle East Lions Park, 1731 Churchill Ave Sign Up!
Sun. August 28th 2 – 4 pm Glen Cairn Wheable Adult Education Centre, 70 Jacqueline St Sign Up!
Mon. August 29th 6 – 8 pm SoHo St. John French Immersion CS, 449 Hill St Sign Up!
Thurs. September 1st 6 – 8 pm Argyle John P Robarts PS, 84 Bow St Sign Up!
Weds. September 14th 6 – 8 pm Hamilton Rd Egerton Baptist Church, 209 Egerton St Sign Up!
Mon. September 19th 6 – 8 pm Glen Cairn St. Sebastian CS, 225 Cairn St Sign Up!
Mon. October 3rd 6 – 8 pm Glen Cairn Southeast Optimist Park, 237 Deveron Ave Sign Up!

ReForest London Neighbourhood Canvassing Shifts

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ReForest London are looking for volunteers who can help canvass neighbourhoods who will be receiving free trees this fall. They will be asking home owners if they would like to receive a tree so that our volunteers can deliver one to them on a specified date in the fall. Canvassers will be responsible for going door-to-door to ask home owners if they would like a free tree and keeping accurate records of responses. Volunteers must be comfortable talking to new people. Training is not required; they will tell volunteers everything they need to know at the beginning of every shift. Shifts are 2 hours long so volunteers must be able to walk for 2 hours at a time.

  • Distribute promotional materials to targeted neighbourhoods or addresses
  • Canvass home owners in a specified area to offer them trees
  • Track addresses/area canvassed

Time Commitment

  • 1-2 hours per shift during the Spring and Fall for Tree Blitzes


No training required. Instructions will be given at the beginning of each shift.


No previous experience required.


  • Enjoys being outdoors and walking
  • Able to distribute materials while keeping track of areas visited
  • Comfortable interacting with home owners

Other Requirements

  • Enjoys being outdoors and walking
  • Able to walk for 1-2 hours
  • Able to keep track of houses visited
  • Knowledge of tree species an asset but not required

To Apply
Please fill out this volunteer application form and indicate “Canvasser” as area of interest.

Date Time         Area Address Sign Up!
Tues. August 9th 6:30 – 8:30 pm Old East Village Nova Era Bakery, 460 Egerton Sign Up!
Weds. August 10th 6 – 8 pm Old East Village Western Fair, 900 King Street Sign Up!
Fri. August 12th 6 – 8 pm Old East Village Corner of York & Ashland – street parking Sign Up!

Collaborative Composting Initiative: Hamilton Road Community

The London Environmental Network (LEN) has undertaken a collaborative composting initiative to engage organizations from all sectors in a community collaboration process.

LEN has received funding through the Sustainability Network’s Opportunities Track Program to lead the Composting Collaborative Project. As a result of a cross-sectoral planning process, three projects are now underway in London.

  • Residential (Individual) Composting – Thames Regional Ecological Association (TREA)
  • Community Composting – Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre (Hamilton Road Food Prosperity Initiative)
  • Institutional, Commercial & Industrial (IC&I) Composting – Collection of community non-profit and environmentally conscious businesses (who we will give more detail about in a future issue)

Today, we are pleased to share a preliminary report on the Hamilton Road Food Prosperity Initiative!

It’s hard to ignore the many benefits that stem from a community that composts regularly. It’s an important way to give back to our environment through such natural ways as the reduction of landfill waste, the creation of new, nutrient rich soil and aggregates, improvement in the overall air quality, and so on. This year, we have aimed to highlight collaborative composting initiatives happening right here in London starting with the Hamilton Road community.

The Hamilton Road community began their initiative in hopes to promote composting in the Dillabough community garden plot with the help of the London Community Resource Centre, Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre, Try Recycling, and compost experts from the community. The composter will be maintained by the youth participating in the Summer Splash program. Following the end of this program, these young participants will continue to promote the composting method within the Hamilton Road community; looking to turn this seasonal initiative into a long-term sustainable goal. The overall aim of this initiative is to promote and grow the awareness of composting and its ongoing benefits for the community’s neighbourhood and environment. With an aim to reach members in the local area, community gardeners and other who are simple interested in gaining more education on compost practices, the Hamilton Road initiative is finding ways to please everyone.

At this stage in the initiative, the composter has been built at the Dillabough community garden plot. This plot will soon be host to “Compost Talks” that will look to engage and involve youth from the community, Dillabough gardeners, and other Hamilton Road community members.

Here at LEN, we look forward to keeping you updated on the wonderful stories to come from this collaborative composting initiative at the Hamilton Road community.

A very special thank you goes out to Bethany at Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre for showing LEN around Dillabough garden plot.

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Written & Photography By: Katie Michiels
Marketing and Communications, London Environmental Network


Buzzing around London – LEN’s 2016 Summer Campaign

This summer, join Netty the Network Busy Bee on her adventures to London Environmental Network’s very own member organizations around the city of London!

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So what’s the scoop?

Starting in June, London Environmental Network (LEN) and our good friend, Netty the Network Busy Bee, will be traveling around the city of London to get to know our members better and find out the best buzz about what the organization is doing in our eco-community. When we told her, Netty was quite excited about this opportunity to get to know London’s eco-community better! She begged us to let her tag along so she could play a game with all of you – a version of “Guess Where I Am?” on LEN’s website and social media.

As we buzz around London this summer, Netty will be flying alongside and snapping photos along the way. We’ll let you know the buzz about our member organizations and their awesome events while Netty will make you guess where you can find them. We would be absolutely thrilled if you joined us on this adventure this summer! Head on over to our social media sites to follow along with us.

So how well do you know London?
There’s only one way to find out!

#NettytheBusyBee posts on LEN’s social media!

Follow our Twitter page or Facebook page to buzz around with us and Netty the Network Busy Bee through London, ON.


Hope you have all had a BEE-autiful summer! 🙂