2023 GREEN LEADER PROGRAM Recipient Announcement
In partnership with Waste Management of Canada and the Town of Petrolia
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 benefiting 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.
2023 Successful Projects:
KERR PARK PROJECT
Lambton Central Petrolia Optimist Club
To place soft surface under the small playground equipment using recycled rubber material in the fall area for youth safety at Kerr Park.
EXPANSION OF PRESCHOOL GARDENING PROJECT
Petrolia & Area Kiwanis Club
Our project which started in 2021, provided eight preschool and school-aged summer programs with the necessary materials and tools needed to create hands-on learning opportunities about gardening and composting. We plan to expand to four additional preschool programs.
QUEEN E GOES GREEN
Queen Elizabeth II School, Petrolia
The project is a school composting initiative that will see an outdoor school garden, composting buckets in each classroom, and 2-3 outdoor composters in the garden. This project also includes an indoor Hydroponic Grow Tower near the library, and one that travels from classroom to classroom.
NATIVE SPECIES WELCOME GARDENS
St. Philip Catholic School
The purpose of this project is to plant two welcoming gardens at the front of the school created from plants that are native to south-western Ontario. The students will work with the nursery to choose, plan, create, and maintain the gardens (as a legacy to their school and community).
Previous Successful Applicants:
Hillcrest Public School (School Council) – $5,000.
The Rotary Club of Petrolia – $5,000.
Petrolia Heritage Advisory Committee – Special North Street Cemetery Project – $2,500.
IODE Margaret Stokes Chapter – $2,500.
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.
(2020 was a double intake year)
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