Projects: Fall 2011

Project List for Environmental Leadership

 

TAG – Technology Alliance Group for Kawartha Lakes

1)    The Technology Alliance Group for Kawartha Lakes (TAG)’s Technology Refurbishing Program provides benefits to the beyond recycling. This project requires funding to be able to continue. Research the environmental benefits of this initiative for the explaining why further funding is necessary.

2)    The Technology Alliance Group for Kawartha Lakes (TAG)’s Technology Refurbishing Program provides benefits to the beyond recycling. This project requires funding to be able to continue. Research the social benefits of this initiative for the explaining why further funding is necessary.

3)    The Technology Alliance Group for Kawartha Lakes (TAG)’s Technology Refurbishing Program provides benefits to the beyond recycling. This project requires funding to be able to continue. Research the economic benefits of this initiative for the community explaining why further funding is necessary.

Fenelon Falls Museum

1)    The Fenelon Falls Museum wishes to improve visitor experience and increase electricity-conservation by converting their lighting to LED and reduce the summer temperature in their building. Research the potential benefits of these changes for both the community and the environment, explaining why funding to complete this project is necessary.

2)    The Fenelon Falls Museum is in the process of converting the watering systems for their grounds and heritage gardens from municipally-treated water to lake water. Research the benefits of this conversion for both the community and the environment, explaining why funding to complete this project is necessary.

3)    The Fenelon Falls Museum is in the process of dating and creating an inventory of heritage trees in their catchment area (the townships surrounding Fenelon Falls). Of note, they are planning to apply for heritage designation for a tree located on museum property. Research the benefits of cataloguing and preserving heritage trees for both the community and the environment, explaining why funding to complete this project is necessary.

4)    The major focus of the Fenelon Falls Museum is local environmental history. They are currently in the process of creating signage for exhibits and displays that will relate their collection to issues in environmental history that will be of interest to their patrons. Research the potential benefits of providing new signage based on environmental history for the community, explaining why funding to complete this project is necessary.

Toward Balance Support Network

1)    Toward Balance Support Network (TBSN) will be participating in a Time Bank project as a joint venture with the Ontario Environmental Network. This venture will allow volunteers to bank volunteer hours and redeem them in an exchange of time and talent with other volunteers in the City of Kawartha Lakes and around the world. TBSN will need a “local banker” for their time bank to oversee the accumulation and redemption of volunteer hours. Research the role of a “local banker” or administrator in other time banks and in a grant proposal explain why funding is required to support this position in TBSN’s time bank.

2)    Toward Balance Support Network (TBSN) will be participating in a Time Bank project as a joint venture with the Ontario Environmental Network. This venture will allow volunteers to bank volunteer hours and redeem them in an exchange of time and talent with other volunteers in the City of Kawartha Lakes and around the world. Rewarding volunteers for their work is one way of increasing volunteer involvement. In order for this endeavour to be a success, the community must be made aware of what is available to them. Research ways of spreading awareness about the benefits of a Time Bank for the community and advocate for funding to launch an awareness campaign.

3)    Toward Balance Support Network (TBSN) will be participating in a Time Bank project as a joint venture with the Ontario Environmental Network. This venture will allow volunteers to bank volunteer hours and redeem them in an exchange of time and talent with other volunteers in the City of Kawartha Lakes and around the world. Investigate how organizations in other time banks work together to share experiences and learn from each other. Create a grant proposal advocating for funding to facilitate this process within the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Kawartha Lakes Food Share

1)    Kawartha Lakes Food Source (KLFS) maintains a central warehouse to supply food to organizations that provide food to individuals in need. They are looking for ways to recycle large quantities of cardboard packaging that would be a benefit to both KLFS and the environment. Currently they pay a waste disposal company to pick up a 6 yard bin each month. They want to know if there is something they can do with the packaging to cut down on what is being disposed of. Research how cardboard packaging is recycled/disposed of in other organizations and create a funding application to assist in setting up a more efficient and environmental friendly process for KLFS.

2)    Kawartha Lakes Food Source (KLFS) maintains a central warehouse to supply food to organizations that provide food to individuals in need. KLFS is looking for more efficient ways of disposing of unused canned food and dry goods received from reclamation. They are often forced to throw out food that cannot be given to food banks because it is damaged or past its expiry date. They are able to recycle the empty cans but cannot do so unless they can find a way to also recycle the waste. Research possible means of reusing this food waste that is no longer fit for human consumption, and create a funding proposal to assist in implementing a solution in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner, this would include employing someone one day a week to open canned and packaged foods that are considered waste.

The Lilac Gardens of Lindsay

1)    The Lilac Gardens of Lindsay (LGOL) is a committee of the Lindsay and District Horticultural Society. In partnership with the City of Kawartha Lakes Parks and Recreation Department, they established a lilac plantation at Logie Street Park in Lindsay and other locations throughout Lindsay. One of the features is a habitat for birds and butterflies. Research the importance of specific and native plants in creating a habitat for birds and butterflies and the positive impact of this habitat in the larger community. Using this information, create a funding proposal advocating for funding to expand/maintain these gardens.

2)    The Lilac Gardens of Lindsay (LGOL) is a committee of the Lindsay and District Horticultural Society. In partnership with the City of Kawartha Lakes Parks and Recreation Department, they established a lilac plantation at Logie Street Park in Lindsay and other locations throughout Lindsay. A goal of the committee is to develop a fully accessible horticultural showplace. Research the benefits to the community of having a fully accessible horticultural showplace and create a funding proposal advocating for funds to continue this process.

3)    The Lilac Gardens of Lindsay (LGOL) is a committee of the Lindsay and District Horticultural Society. In partnership with the City of Kawartha Lakes Parks and Recreation Department, they established a lilac plantation at Logie Street Park in Lindsay and other locations throughout Lindsay. The Lilac Garden are extensive and the committee is currently looking at ways to keep weeds under control that are cost effective and do not require a major time commitment. Research alternative methods of weed control that are efficient, environmentally friendly and visually appealing. Create a funding proposal advocating for funds to implement the most suitable method.

Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative

1)    The mission of the Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative (KLHCI) is to recruit and retain family physicians for the City of Kawartha Lakes.  As well, they conduct research, public education, outreach and advocacy as it relates to the recruitment and retention of family physicians.  Research the benefits of establishing a Centre of Excellence for Family Health Research which would attract family physicians who are interested in a clinical practice. This Centre would also conduct research to increase the recruitment of family physicians and thus improve the health environment of the City of Kawartha Lakes. Create a funding proposal advocating for funds to facilitate the development of such a Centre. Stress the importance of having a Centre for Excellence for the health environment of the community.

2)    The mission of the Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative (KLHCI) is to recruit and retain family physicians for the City of Kawartha Lakes.  As well, they conduct research, public education, outreach and advocacy as it relates to the recruitment and retention of family physicians.  Research to determine how to elevate the current short-term Rural Family Medicine Residency program to a permanent two-year program which will increase the recruitment of family physicians and thus improve the health environment of the City of Kawartha Lakes. Create a funding proposal asking for funds to assist KLHCI in advocating for this change. Stress the importance of this change for the health environment of the community.

Kawartha Protect Our Water Inc. (KPOW)

1)    Kawartha Protect Our Water Inc. (KPOW) is a volunteer not-for-profit organization. Their mandate is to act as a watchdog protecting the waterways of the Kawarthas, taking action when appropriate. Their main focus is landfills and sewage treatment facilities. They are currently investigating the feasibility of mining the Lindsay St. N. closed landfill.  The Ministry of the Environment has ordered the City grade the dump and replace the cover. This will be a million dollar project. Research the feasibility of mining this landfill and create a funding proposal that will provide KPOW with funds to continue promoting this project to the City of Kawartha Lakes and the Ministry of the Environment. This funding would be used to hire personnel to correlate all data pertinent to this project into a professional document to be presented to the Mayor, Council and the Ministry of the Environment.

2)    Kawartha Protect Our Water Inc. (KPOW) is a volunteer not-for-profit organization. Their mandate is to act as a watchdog protecting the waterways of the Kawarthas, taking action when appropriate. Their main focus is landfills and sewage treatment facilities. They are researching new technologies and innovative financing to replace the out of date Lindsay Water Pollution Control Facility. There are a large number of developments taking place in Lindsay. Although the facility does have capacity, the technology is old and any large storm event creates overflow problems. This facility contains unlined sewage lagoons which add additional pollutants to the water. Research ways to replace this facility and create a funding proposal that will provide KPOW with funds to continue advocating for a new facility to the City of Kawartha Lakes and the Ministry of the Environment. This funding would be used to hire personnel to correlate all data pertinent to this project into a professional document to be presented to the Mayor, Council and the Ministry of the Environment.

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