Tag Archives: Clean & Renewable Energy

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

London Electric Vehicle Association

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  • To promote and advocate the use of Electric vehicles for their use as a cleaner mode of transportation.
  • To support EV owners and enthusiasts and to educate all parties in the advantages of EV usage.

Organizational Objectives

  • To have regular meetings and attend special events to support this technology.
  • To also advocate to all levels of government as to the advantages of going electric.

Typical Volunteer Opportunities

  • Event Planning and Setup

Volunteer Coordinator

Bob Porter

(519)434-0510


 

Contact Us

London Electric Vehicle Association
50 Byron Ave. E
London, ON N6C 1C5

(519)434-0510

Post-Carbon London

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Post-Carbon London’s mission is to assist London and area with understanding and acting on issues surrounding peak oil and global warming through relocalization.

Organizational Objectives

In supporting our mission we maintain the following core values:

  • Supporting relocalization through reduced consumption and increased local production.
  • Supporting municipal, regional, community-based and cooperative responses to the crisis
  • Focusing on how global energy and global warming issues relate to London and the surrounding area
  • Recommending and facilitating legislative, regulatory and policy changes at all levels of government that help to address the crisis
  • Rejecting large-scale centralized energy solutions, such as coal and nuclear expansion
  • Supporting global carbon-reduction and climate-change mitigation strategies
  • Supporting peaceful, non-discriminatory, non-violent responses to the crisis
  • Supporting justice and respect for human rights, locally and internationally, in all responses to the crisis.

Typical Engagement Opportunities

  • Engagement with monthly Post-Carbon London discussion group. This group meets bi-monthly on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.
  • Research
  • Represent Post-Carbon London at events

Volunteer Coordinator

Shane ONeill

(519) 435-1527


Contact Us

Post-Carbon London
534 Princess Ave.
London, ON N6B 2B8

postcarbonlondon.ca
Post-Carbon London Meetups

Citizens’ Climate Lobby London Group

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Citizens’ Climate Lobby works to create the political will for a stable climate by advocating a carbon pricing system.

Organizational Objectives

Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) London is a local chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada. CCL promotes climate change solutions that bridge the partisan divide. We focus in particular on lobbying for the carbon fee and dividend system. Our work includes lobbying MPs and MPPs, writing letters to the editor, and engaging with local media to spread our message.


Typical Volunteer Opportunities

  • Community Outreach & Advocacy

Volunteer tasks include writing letters and editorials, meeting with MPs and MPPs, and communicating with the local media.

Volunteer Coordinator

Mary Blake Bonn

(226) 236-3637


Contact Us

Citizens’ Climate Lobby London
60 Rollscourt Place,
London ON N6G 1M2

(226) 236-3637
citizensclimatelobby.ca

Sustainability at Fanshawe

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At Fanshawe College, we are committed to improving our impact on the environment by creating a more sustainable footprint.

Organizational Objectives

We will reduce our waste and use natural resources and energy more efficiently. Adjusting our attitude and behaviour to consume and live with awareness, in consideration of the environment, is a vital part of what we do here at Fanshawe College. We support equity and equality across genders, race, culture, and generations in all things we do.


Volunteer Coordinator

Mary-Lee Townsend

(519) 452-4430 x 3934


Contact Us

Sustainability at Fanshawe
1001 Fanshawe College Blvd.,
P.O. Box 7005,
London, ON  N5Y 5R6

(519) 452-4430
fanshawec.ca/about-fanshawe/corporate-information/sustainability

London District Renewable Energy Co-operative Inc.

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London District Renewable Energy Co-operative Inc. (LDREC) provides Londoners with the opportunity to support the local community, to steward a more environmentally sustainable planet and through the purchase of preferred dividend shares, to be able to acquire a dividend-paying long term investment.

Organizational Objectives

London District Renewable Energy Co-operative Inc. (LDREC) is an Ontario renewable energy co-operative with share capital pooled from London area residents. It was incorporated in 2012. LDREC works to do the following:

  • Provide a vehicle for identification of local investment opportunities for Londoners
  • Intend to invest in local projects, and any returned dividends will go to local members
  • The development and maintenance of the projects will create local employment
  • Procurement of 20 year Feed In Tariff contracts provide stable long term revenue.

Volunteer Coordinator

Gary Zavitz

(519) 666-0890


Contact Us

London District Renewable Energy Co-operative Inc.
192 Dundas Street, 2nd Floor
London, ON  N6A 1G7

(519) 266‐6964
ldrec.ca

Council of Canadians London Chapter

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The Council of Canadians fights for economic and social justice. Decades of market-based, corporate-friendly policies have stripped working people of their rights, undermined universal social security, and placed the demands of big business over the rights of people. We promote fair trade over free trade, just and sustainable jobs, public health care and water, energy and food security, and alternatives to corporate power, here in Canada and around the world.

Organizational Objectives

Our goal is to expand our membership to work on more Social Justice issues.


Volunteer Coordinator

Robert Cory

(519) 601-2053


Contact Us

Council of Canadians London Chapter
389 Dundas St.
London, ON  N6B3l5


londoncouncilofcanadians.ca
(519) 601-2053

Green Energy London

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Connecting energy efficiency ideas and people to facilitate sustainable living and realize a more resilient, self-reliant community.

Organizational Objectives

Green Energy London Co-operative Inc. (GEL) will enhance London’s networking capacity for citizens interested in learning and investing in renewable projects through a renewable co-operative process. GEL will engage residents and small business to:

  • Support pro-environmental funding for local renewable projects
  • Expand on community-based initiatives for energy efficiency
  • Demonstrate measurable reduction of emissions
  • Allow for re-skilling in renewable jobs
  • Nurture collaboration and interdisciplinary community action for proactive deployment of renewable projects as proceeds are re-directed towards expanding further sites and public education initiatives.

Typical Volunteer Opportunities

We seek motivated, enthusiastic individuals to assist with membership, events, outreach, fundraising, research and project work.

Volunteer Coordinator

Diane Szoller

Tel: (519) 266-4096


Contact Us

Green Energy London Co-operative Inc.
236 Dundas Street,
London, ON  N6A 1H3
Tel: (519) 266-4096

greenenergylondon.com

Mantis Arts & Eco Association

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Mantis Arts & Eco Association promotes the development of a culturally vibrant and ecologically regenerative city.

Organizational Goals

Mantis Arts & Eco Association organizes events that promote environmental awareness and advocacy as well as local arts and culture. We organize events such as the annual Mantis Arts & Eco Festival, Mother Earth Month, and the Eco-Garden Bike tour.


Typical Volunteer Opportunities

  • Volunteers to help on the day of Mantis Festival including setup &  tear down
  • Children’s Art Coordinator
  • Welcome/info Booth Facilitator

Volunteer Coordinator

Becky Ellis

Tel: (519) 694-0534


Contact Us

Mantis Arts & Eco Association
711 Griffith Street
London, ON  N6K 2S5

Tel: 519-933-3877
mantisfestival.blogspot.ca

Transition London Ontario

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Transition London Ontario’s (TLO) mission is two-fold:

  1. To explore and then follow pathways of practical actions that will reduce our carbon emissions and dependence on fossil fuels, while enhancing our quality of life.
  2. To build the city’s resilience, that is, its ability to withstand shocks from the combined effects of peak oil and climate change, through being more self-reliant in areas such as food, energy, health care, jobs and economics.

 

Organizational Objectives

TLO is a volunteer-driven, non-profit, grassroots organization. It functions by bringing ordinary citizens together to work toward positive change. TLO is shaped and guided by all who are able to participate, in whatever capacity they can, in making life in this city more abundant, fulfilling, equitable and socially connected.


Typical Volunteer Opportunities

Gardening participants for our community and museum garden projects

Volunteer Coordinator

Don McLeod

(519) 667-4016


 

Contact Us

Transition London Ontario
165 Egerton Street
London, ON  N5Z 2G5

(519) 667-4016
transitionlondon.ning.com