2022 GREEN LEADER PROGRAM Recipient Announcement
In partnership with Waste Management of Canada and the Town of Petrolia
April 22, 2022
The Green Leader Program is part of Waste Management and the Town of Petrolia’s ongoing efforts to encourage the development of local community engagement and environmental solutions that build sustainable communities. The program is centered around a grant opportunity that is available to applicants living, working, and learning in the Town of Petrolia or benefitting Petrolia and its residents.
Waste Management and the Town of Petrolia are pleased with the number of businesses, organizations, and institutions that applied for this funding opportunity in the 2022 intake. The program is designed to support initiatives that highlight the following sustainability goals:
- The Green Leader program supports organizations and initiatives that preserve and/or enhance natural resources and/or help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Green Leader program focuses on local initiatives that support employees, enhance our environment, promote education, and improve the safety and livability of our communities.
Each year, a committee of community members look over the applications and grade each application on the above criteria and rank the applications with assigned dollar value recommendations. There is an available funding amount of $15,000 available for the projects. Each applicant may request up to $15,000 in program/project funding. This funding is a one-time, non-repayable, fully funded grant. Applications are due each year on March 30. Waste Management and the Town of Petrolia would like to thank our volunteers for their assistance in the selection of this year’s recipients.
“Earth Day is the perfect day for this annual announcement as it brings community attention to the issues facing the earth and through this program, it is a nice opportunity to do our part. Residents are encouraged to visit earthday.org to learn more about what they can do for our planet. We are very grateful for this partnership with Waste Management for the betterment of our community and for our earth.” Said, Chief Administrative Officer/Treasurer Rick Charlebois.
2022 Successful Projects:
Hillcrest Public School (School Council) – $5,000
Outdoor gardens and compost stations are elements planned as part of a larger multi-phase schoolyard beautification project that includes the addition of outdoor classroom spaces, new playground equipment and a walking path. The vision for the current project is to create an applied learning environment that provides teachers and students with a hands-on learning opportunity for select scientific curriculum and to increase students’ food literacy (i.e., understanding the impact of food choices on one’s health, environment, and economy).
The funds requested will be used to build 5 garden boxes, create a composting station in the school yard, in addition to, the purchase of necessary tools to tend and maintain the gardens (e.g., watering cans, small spades, seeds, stakes for taller plants, etc.). This will create a natural field-based learning opportunity for teachers and students for delivering several science curriculum topics, including “growth and changes in plants,” “energy in our lives,” “daily and seasonal changes,” and “soils in the environment.” In partnership with Hillcrest staff, School Council also plans to develop a food waste program as part of Hillcrest’s compost system and will utilize funds to also purchase compost bins for the school. Working in partnership with the administrative and teaching staff, education will be delivered alongside the program to increase students’ food literacy. More specifically, increase students’ awareness and understanding on how reducing their “food-print” (e.g., the amount of food they put in the landfill) helps the environment (e.g., reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which contributes to the warming of the planet).
The Rotary Club of Petrolia – $5,000
On property owned by the town, just south of their works yard on Centre Street, last year work was started to prepare some land for a community garden. This initial phase has been designed with 12 plots available to community members and groups to utilize on a seasonal basis to grow and harvest fresh vegetables. Besides citizens that have applied for a plot, L.C.D.S. will have a plot this year to help support their clients.
The plan is to erect a shed for the gardeners to store some of their garden tools, provide a watering system as well as a compost facility for the site. Soil preparation will be critical this spring to get things moving in the right direction so investing to topsoil and compost type materials is on the to do list.
Petrolia Heritage Advisory Committee – Special North Street Cemetery Project – $2,500
Re-forestation has a big impact on enhancing this natural site, and will not only beautify the area, but it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and welcome native trees back to a previously cleared property.
This application is to assist with the re-forestation of the North Street Heritage Cemetery. This funding would permit the planting of native trees along the historic roadway at the site.
IODE Margaret Stokes Chapter – $2,500
The plan is to enhance the natural area in Bridgeview Park by adding a nature trail so that we can be a part of the preservation of the area and participate in tree planting and other projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We will encourage the trail to be a learning opportunity for area schools with signage also.
We would like to develop or upgrade, and dedicate a trail to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year, running from Bridgeview Park up through the woods to end at The Petrolia Discovery.
A sign would be placed at the beginning of the trail, and we would like to include smaller signs throughout the trail to describe some of the history of the area. A bench would be placed halfway through the trail, as well as boardwalks where necessary.
Previous Successful Applicants:
The Petrolia Discovery Foundation Inc. – approved for $10,000
The Petrolia and Area Kiwanis Club – approved for $5000
Parents For-Parks – approved for $15,000
St. Clair Conservation Authority – approved for $10,000
The Petrolia and Enniskillen Agricultural Society– approved for $5,000