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Hello again. TREA will look to send out a newsletter monthly or bi-monthly depending on activities underway and information to share. Thank you for your patience.

July has been a busy month with 2 new summer students on board - TREA welcomes Jessica and Scout. TREA has had another successful year helping World Partnership Walk and Home County Folk Festival at Victoria Park.  TREA trains volunteers and oversees Ecostations where volunteers sort materials to help increase waste diversion and composting. TREA also took on the dishwashing program Home County has to cut down on waste, something TREA facilitated until Maryanne moved from London. Following 2013, another group took this on but this year they had other commitments so TREA has helped out again.

TREA is starting to expand composting awareness efforts by attending smaller park special events in London promoting waste diversion and composting. Our thanks goes to those inviting TREA to help – 
Luis Patricio – volunteer for OEV soccer wrap-up – June 24
Heather Cabral – organizer of Inspiration Fest – July 23
ReForest London – organizer of Forest Festival – Aug 19

We would like to share the following with you –
  1. An additional $170,000 is now available for tree planting on private property in neighborhoods with a second round of a 2017 TreeMe Matching Fund community grant program. Deadline Aug 14. Visit http://www.london.ca/city-hall/funding-grants/community-funding/Pages/treeME.aspx
  2. A topic TREA has presented on in the past. The City allows the use of outdoor fire pits and recreational burning under certain conditions. Read more at http://www.london.ca/ residents/Fire-Department/residents-resources/Pages/Backyard-Fires.aspx
  3. EBR consultation is over to comment on the Province’s Food and Organic Waste Strategy potential key action being a disposal ban on organics to landfills or incinerators. Not just for Ontario’s Waste Free Ontario Strategy but also the Climate Change Action Plan. But read the discussion paper found  currently on the EBR site http://www.downloads.ene.gov.on.ca/envision/env_reg/er/documents/2017/013-0094_DiscussionPaper.pdf
  4. Convey your opinion for a national active transportation strategy to key decision-makers to boost everyday walking, cycling, and active school travel. This is promoted by Canada Bikes, the National Active & Safe Routes to School Working Group, and Green Communities Canada (Canada Walks) - http://activetransportationcanada.weebly.com/action.html
  5. The City’s draft Urban Agriculture strategy went to the Planning and Environment Committee July 17, 2017.  The draft is currently open for comments, please send to Leif Maitland. Visit https://www.london.ca/business/Planning-Development/current-topics/Documents/UAS-Draft-July-17-17.pdf. An inventory of sites for urban agriculture is also underway - http://london. maps. arcgis.com/apps/GeoForm/index.html?appid=c86521a33f224b918c6102ae76126e86    
  6. The W12A Landfill Public Liaison Committee is looking to fill 2 vacant positions. Go to http://www.london.ca/residents/Garbage-Recycling/Garbage/Pages/W12A-Landfill-Site.aspx

Sincerely,
TREA Board






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