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How grassroots schemes across UK are tackling climate crisis

The Guardian / Matthew Taylor / 10 March 2021

Communities across the UK are tackling the climate crisis with hundreds of local schemes ranging from neighbourhood heating to food co-ops, community land ownership projects and flood defences, according to a report.

A study from the IPPR thinktank found that community projects, often set up with the primary aim of reducing poverty and improving people’s day-to-day lives, were also reducing emissions and restoring nature.

Luke Murphy, the lead author of the report, said: “Under the radar there are already flourishing and transformative community initiatives to pool resources and create shared low-carbon energy, housing and natural assets … These groups have shown that they can increase community wealth and create thriving places while addressing the climate crisis.”

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City procurement of dried bio-solids disposal

City of Brockville / Council Notice & Agenda / 9 February 2021

7.  SR2021-17  Sole Source Procurement of Dried Bio-solids Disposal – WPCC

THAT Report SR2021-17 Sole Source Procurement of Dried Bio-Solids Disposal – WPCC be received; and

THAT the procurement of services from Terrapure Organic Solutions (Formerly Third High Farms Ltd.) in Iroquois Ontario, for the disposal of the dried bio-solids produced at the City’s Water Pollution Control Centre (WPCC) be authorized.

[ FULL ARTICLE ]  [ Terrapure Organic Solutions ]

Conservation authorities group has too many developers, no local reps: mayor

CBC News / Bobby Hristova / 1 February 2021

Hamilton city councillors and the executive director of Environment Hamilton think recent changes by the province to conservation authorities will “decapitate” them and erode years of work to curb global warming and other environmental issues.

The most recent issue raised was how no one from Hamilton or Niagara are included in a provincial working group made following controversial legislation that governs conservation authorities.

Conservation authorities oversee regional environmental and watershed protection.

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Couple eyes composting program for Gananoque

Recorder & Times / Heddy Sorour / 2 February 2021

The town of Gananoque does not currently have a municipal composting program. One young entrepreneur is proposing to change that deficit.

Tikvah Mindorff is a Gananoque resident who would like to open up a composting business in partnership with the town.

“The program would run according to the same recycling schedule in town, and there would be a membership initiation fee, in order to provide a curbside green bin and smaller kitchen caddy and fridge magnet explaining what can and can’t go into the bins,” said Mindorff.

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Homeowners, towns partner to take CO2 out of home heating

CBC News / Jonathan Ore / 29 January 2021

According to 2017 data from Statistics Canada, 43 per cent of homes in Canada are heated with natural gas. They’re billed as cleaner than coal or oil, but nearly 18 per cent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions come from heating our buildings.

Some homeowners like Manning are switching to electric heating systems to do their part to reduce emissions even further than the oil-to-natural gas shift. But it can come with a high price tag — Manning said the bill for their retrofit reached $16,000.

That’s when the town of Berwick stepped in. Its Green Energy Program offered to finance a homeowner’s new heat pump with a loan, letting them pay it back over 10 years.

[ FULL ARTICLE ]  [ See also: Local Improvement Charge (LIC) Financing Pilot Program Design for Residential Buildings in Ontario and Ontario: Local improvement charges ]

Council urges province to phase out gas-powered electric plants

Kingstonist / Jessica Foley / 21 January 2021

Kingston City Council unanimously passed a motion at their meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, moving that the City of Kingston write to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Minister of Environment, Conservation, Energy, and Parks to request that the Government of Ontario develop and implement a plan to phase-out all gas-fired electricity generation as soon as possible to ensure that Kingston and other municipalities are enabled to achieve climate action goals.

The City of Kingston was the first city in Ontario to declare a Climate Emergency, and has a goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2040. The province of Ontario is phasing out the Pickering Nuclear Power plant in 2024, and plans to increase the output of natural gas-powered plants as the demand for electricity increases. An increase in gas plant production will see greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions rise, which is counterproductive to the province’s goal of a 30 per cent reduction of GHG emissions by the year 2030.

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The Transition Framework

The Transition Towns movement aims toward veering away from excessive consumption – to deal with the conjoined problems of peak oil and climate change – but also in the belief that we may create an essentially more contented society, through building strong and resilient local communities. We will get to know our neighbours better, because we shall all need one another in the time to come.

— Chris Rhodes, Resource Insights (03 June 2013)
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