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.