Green in the City is a seminar series that explores local issues through a sustainability lens. Learn about lifestyle and behavioural changes that support the planet, London’s communities, and you! With the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 series officially wrapped up, we are looking forward to planning the next iteration of the series coming Fall 2021. See the list of past events below and watch the online recordings:
The Future of Masonville – Planning for Sustainable Growth | Watch here.
Learn more about the future growth and plans for the Masonville area in London, ON in this panel discussion! The draft of the Masonville Secondary Plan was presented in March of this year to the Planning and Environment Committee and London Municipal Council to start community consultation. Read the plan here: https://getinvolved.london.ca/masonville1 and join this special Green in the City session to hear about what's planned for Masonville and find out how your voice can be heard as this plan develops.
Ontario's First Neighbourhood Powered by the Sun: West 5 | Watch here.
Buildings that target net zero energy. Solar parkades, streetlights, and art installations. You may have noticed Sifton's West 5 development in London's west end. Here's your chance to learn more and ask questions about this future-minded community. Stay tuned for the recording.
Hope Matters: Tackling Eco-Anxiety and Inspiring Climate Action | Watch here.
Whether you're experiencing climate anxiety or want to feel inspired, we invite you to learn about your role in creating a better future. In this event, we will be hearing from author and speaker Dr. Elin Kelsey (author of Hope Matters: Why Changing the Way We Think Is Critical to Solving the Environmental Crisis) as well as local youth councillor Rimsha Ashraf from Young London. This event is opened by poet and spoken word artist, Sunday Ajak, with support from the London Arts Council.
Climate Engagement Tools - Just a Click Away | Watch here.
In this workshop, we'll learn about the online tools available for you to take climate action from home! This workshop features an overview of online climate engagement tools provided by City of London staff, a walk-through of Project Neutral, an online platform to calculate your household's carbon footprint in five minutes, a crash-course from the London Environmental Network on how to get involved in London's environmental sector, and an overview of the eDemocracy Climate Plan Simulator. Plus, this event is opened by local artist and musician DJ Kevin Evans, supported by the London Arts Live program.
Connecting Global Climate Change to Local Impacts and Solutions | Watch here.
In this event, we will hear from Dr. Katharine Hayhoe about connecting global climate change to local impacts and solutions. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about climate change impacts and how London communities can mitigate and adapt to climate change for a green and resilient future.
Developing London's Green Bin Program | Watch here.
In this event, City of London staff present an overview on what a Green Bin program might look like in London as the City collects feedback this winter through getinvolved.london.ca/greenbin. The City wants to learn about how you would use a Green Bin, and hear your thoughts on what should go in the Green Bin and what container size you would use. You will also hear about Green Bin experiences from municipal staff in the Region of Waterloo and City of Hamilton.
Tackling Food Waste
Explore how like-minded cities are creating a circular economy and eliminating food waste, London's food waste reduction efforts, and how you can make some simple changes in your life to reduce food waste. Watch here.
Making Sustainable Transportation Choices
Learn how public transit systems, Transportation Demand Management strategies, and cycling can empower you and create a sustainable city and healthier environment for all. Watch here.
Urban Agriculture in Your Backyard & Community
Listen to three different perspectives about how the urban agriculture movement is growing, and how you can become a part of it in London. Watch here.
City Symposium on Responsible Consumption & Production
Inspired by Sustainable Development Goal #15, we ask four brilliant people, what would responsible consumption and production look like in London? Watch here.
COVID-19 and a Green Economic Recovery
In our series finale, we explore what strategies, partnerships, and projects should be implemented for a green economic recovery in London. We hear from four regional and local speakers that share our vision for a green and resilient future, and learn from their diverse approaches on how to get there through collaborative action. Watch here.
"This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and support local initiatives already taking place in London," says Skylar Franke, Executive Director of the London Environmental Network. "There are over 43 environmental organizations in London with activities happening every week. This series of free presentations, discussion and workshops highlights the important issues being tackled in London and ideally inspire individuals to support - in some way - these critical efforts."