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September is coming - new beginnings!
TREA has had a busy August so far including collecting the compost and recycling material at a  London Cross Cultural Centre’s community event, neighbourhood waste surveys in Cleardale subdivision, and the nurturing of TREA’s pollinator garden and compost demonstration site.

A TREA representative also attended Pillar’s Policy Conversations workshop delivered by Michelle Baldwin. Another session is planned for September 30 on future thinking.  See you there!

In September, TREA members plan to encourage composting at a Labour Day community picnic, at the Woodfield Street Fair and the Komoka Enviro Fest. We hope for good weather!

We are excited to help CAN-Bike, LHSC  and the Big Bike Giveaway again,  this year on September 8, with helmet fits for those needing a bike. This year for the first time this will be indoors and at Argyle Arena. Check here for details


Also join us September 5 at the Kinsmen Arena property, 20 Granville St. at 7pm for an informative discussion with Gabor Sass about the food forest and community garden within the park. Let us know you are coming by emailing volunteer@trea.ca.
 

TREA members are looking to attend some super interesting local gatherings in September –

Econous 2019, September 16-18, through the Canadian CED Network will be held at the London Convention Centre.

The Water is Life Alliance works across Great Lakes borders to secure the human right to water, shrink the bottled water industry, and secure publicly controlled and accountable water infrastructure. September 27-29 they are hosting a summit entitled ‘Water Justice in a Climate Emergency’ summit at Western University, UCC. Maude Barlow a speaker. Council of Canadians on the organizing team.

Also on September 28 - Place Matters Conference: Strengthening Neighbourhoods, Building Community hosted by Urban League of London, London Public Library, City of London, and Reimagine Co. The location is Museum London. Register early!

We would like to share the following with you –

An additional $23.3 million investment through the federal Gas Tax Fund was announced the end of July for London. This is a municipal infrastructure top-up in this year’s federal budget. In total, London now has $46.6 million from the Tax Fund this year. The city will use $4.5 million to complete installation of the Greenway Organic Rankine Cycle Engine at the Greenway Wastewater Treatment Centre saving thousands of dollars in electricity use each year. 

Planning to learn more about Zero Waste? The next Reimagine Co workshop is on August 21, 6-8pm, titled Zero Waste 101: How to Live Plastic-Free. Sign up here

Also check out these plastic aware food businesses in London, ON.

If you are interested in joining a Friends of Urban Agriculture (FUAL) meeting, the next one is planned for September 25 - everyone welcome! Phil McLeod will be the guest presenter. Check for more details soon on FUAL’s Facebook group.

Take personal policy action – 

Read Ontario's Special Advisor's report titled 'Renewing the Blue Box: Final report on the blue box mediation process,' with recommendations for transitioning management of Ontario’s Blue Box Program to producers' responsibility of plastic and other packaging.

This report offers ideas to improve recycling and increase the number of products that can be recycled, while ensuring the program continues to be accessible and convenient. Transition is expected over a six-year period from 2019 through 2025.
Sincerely
TREA Board

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