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Green Drinks London – June

Green Drinks is back in London and we are hosting our next event at the London Brewing Co-operative on Wednesday June 14th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. The London Environmental Network is planning to host Green Drinks every 2 months for 2017 (June, August and October).

Our speaker is Sean Galloway, Manager of Urban Design and GIS at the City of London. He will be speaking about the Future City strategy for London. Future City is a community discussion about connecting London to improve our city through technology. Future City is looking to connect people, the environment, technology and the city to build urban places that reduce our carbon footprint and improve our overall quality of life.

The strategy will guide investment and partnerships to implement initiatives around four pillars that include smart living, smart infrastructure, smart economy and smart decisions/governance.

A Future City is a city that uses forms of information and communications technology to make the city more livable, functional and competitive.

Invite your friends and family! RSVP on Eventbrite here.

There is a bike rack at the venue, and try to carpool or bus if you can’t use active transportation.

Green Drinks an organic, self-organising network of people interested in talking about environmentally related topics. Stay in the loop by checking the London Environmental Network’s website.

Trees for 3 Dots Planting Inc.

Mission  

Community Tree Planting Made Easy. Trees for 3 Dots Planting Inc. will help broad-based community groups develop their neighbourhoods through tree planting projects.

Organizational Objectives

There are many great ideas to enhance the environment and improve communities through tree planting.   However there are many technical details that go into a successful implementation of a tree planting project that can seem overwhelming to a group of well-meaning volunteers. Trees for 3 Dots Planting Inc. (T43D) will assist with those technical details allowing the group to focus on the goals of the project and to rally the support of the community.  T43D’s team of experts will help with:

  • Project design and implementation planning
  • Obtaining permits and ensuring compliance with applicable regulations
  • Fund-raising, especially contacts with foundations, government grants, and corporate sponsors
  • Administrative support including reporting requirements to funding agencies
  • Material acquisition both of trees and planting materials
  • Equipment and tools
  • Access to a base of professional and community volunteers
  • Volunteer training in highly successful tree planting techniques
  • Planting Day event management
  • Development of an After-Care and Tree monitoring program

Typical Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Coordinator

Barry Sandler
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Contact Us

Trees for 3 Dots Planting Inc.

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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

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

 

Branching Out to Lend a Hand: CCH’s Environmental Leadership Program

What could be better than spending some time in the beautiful outdoors mentoring and teaching young students about nature, gardening, and forestation? For Dan Van Lieshout, a Canadian & World Studies teacher at London’s Catholic Central High School (CCH), nothing could be better than this. With his environmental studies knowledge and expertise, Van Lieshout is able to bring his passion for the eco-community into his everyday role as he leads students in the school’s Environmental Leadership Program (ELP).

On Tuesday, June 14th, the London Environment Network had the pleasure of spending the morning with Van Lieshout and his students in the ELP. We were able to watch them guide elementary students around Meadowlily Nature Preserve with assistance from one of our amazing members, Thames Talbot Land Trust. Situated in various stations throughout the conservation, these young students were shown how to plant and garden, the importance of forestation, and the habitats and traits of our community’s wildlife. Not only were the ELP’s student leaders very kind, responsible and patient with their groups but they also allowed chances for the young students to explore the land as well as their curiosity about nature.

After observing this program in action, it was clear to see that CCH’s ELP is a great opportunity for both its members and the young students that are able to participate in the spring and summer field days they host. It encourages students of all ages to think responsibly about our environment and take small steps towards a more eco-friendly future. The education and experience local elementary students gain from the ELP field day is simply unforgettable.

We can’t wait to see what the future of ELP has in store for London’s environment and all of their great success stories to come!

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

Western University’s Centre for Environment & Sustainability

WesternCES_logoMission:

Western University’s Centre for Environment & Sustainability (CES) was created to aid in providing undergraduate and graduate students with an interdisciplinary approach to studying and solving environmental problems.  CES also promotes interdisciplinary research in the areas of environment and sustainability.


Contact Us:

Western University’s Centre for Environment & Sustainability
1151 Richmond St.,
WSC Room 113
London, ON  N6A 3K7

(519) 661-2111
uwo.ca/enviro

Thames River Anglers Association

TRAA_logoMission

Dedication Today for Tomorrow: “For the enhancement, protection and promotion of a viable, multi-species fishery within the Thames River watershed.

Organizational Objectives

The Thames River Anglers Association (TRAA) works at a grassroots level within the Thames River Watershed to:

  • protect, enhance and regenerate a viable, multi-species, year-round fishery
  • promote and participate in environmental cleanup, pollution control and rehabilitation
  • breed, relocate and stock to re-establish or augment appropriate species of fish
  • promote environmentally-sound sport fishing practices
  • form partnerships with community businesses, government agencies, special interest groups, landowners and other stakeholders in the Thames River watershed
  • increase public awareness of the unique diversity of the Thames River Watershed, its challenges, its recreational opportunities and its vital importance to our community

Typical Volunteer Opportunities

  • River cleanup
  • Construction
  • Hatchery rotation
  • Field studies
  • Event organizers

Volunteer Coordinator

Robert Huber

(519) 630-1892


Contact Us

The Thames River Anglers Association
2202 Coronation Drive,
London, ON N6G 0B9

(519) 630-1892
anglers.org

Upper Thames River Conservation Authority

Utrca_logoMission

Inspiring a healthy environment.

Organizational Objectives

  • Flood and Erosion Protection
  • Water Quality Protection and Improvement
  • Natural Areas Protection and Expansion
  • Conservation Areas
  • Outdoor Recreation Opportunities

Volunteer Coordinator

Mary Sloan

(519) 451-2800 ext. 277


Contact Us

Upper Thames River Conservation Authority
1424 Clarke Road,
London, ON N5V 5B9

(519) 451-2800
thamesriver.on.ca

Sustainability at Fanshawe

Fanshawe_Sustainability_logoMission

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

Friends of Medway Creek

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Community members promoting the protection and improvement of the Medway Creek watershed.

Organizational Objectives

The Friends of Medway Creek was established to collaborate with landowners, municipalities and agencies to identify potential restoration activities or sites and to engage the broader Medway Creek community in best management practices.


Typical Volunteer Opportunities

  • Clean-up days
  • Invasive-species removal

Volunteer Coordinator

Julie Welker

(519) 451-2800 ext. 255


Contact Us

Friends of Medway Creek
c/o UTRCA, 1424 Clarke Road
London, ON  N5V 5B9

(519) 451-2800 ext. 255
Friends of Medway Creek Website