Greener Co-op Microgrants

CHF Canada is now accepting applications for 2018 microgrants for projects that help support the environment. CHF Canada accepts grant requests for $500 to $4,000. Successful recipients will receive a single payment after submitting receipts and a final project report.
Examples:
– composting, community gardens, rain barrels
– planting trees
– safe and secure bike and carrier storage
– lighting upgrades
– energy audits
– viability studies for projects like roof gardens or grey-water harvesting

What does the grant cover?
– materials, supplies and equipment
– contractor or consultant fees

What isn’t covered?
– members’ labour
– co-op staff wages
– normal co-op operating costs
– ongoing costs associated with maintaining the project after completion

If you are interested, talk to your neighbours, the Maintenance Committee,  the Landscape Committee, or the Board!

For the application form and to see more details, especially projects funded in the past, see
https://chfcanada.coop/about-us/awards-grants-and-scholarships/greener-co-op-microgrants/

Notes towards a Woodsworth Environmental Policy

Woodsworth doesn’t yet have an environmental policy. One of the seven principles of co-operation is concern for community. While focusing on member needs, co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.

    1. The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation produced a guide to healthy housing in 2010.
      Healthy-Housing-Resource-Guide
    2. A model environmental sustainability policy from CHFC.
      Model-environmental-sustainability-policy_En

Final Green Roof Survey Results, March 2013

In January and February 2013 the Environment Committee conducted a survey to get  input from members on current and future use of the rooftop and green roof options. This was a follow up to an initial survey done in 2010 when the committee started working on plans.

A total of 87 members responded and almost everyone plans to use the rooftop in the future.  Over half of the members who responded expressed interest in gardening on the rooftop.

Detailed survey responses are available here: Survey Results Final