Oakvillegreen Conservation Association encourages you to VOTE in the upcoming municipal election on Monday October 27th, 2014. Information on your Ward and Regional Councilor and Mayoral Candidates can be found here.

Advance polling dates, voting locations and other relevant voter information is available here.

We encourage you to ask your Ward and Regional council and mayoral candidates where they stand on these important environmental issues affecting Oakville’s future.

On incineration and waste diversion:

Modern thermal (incinerator – waste to energy) technologies although purported to be more efficient, continue to generate highly toxic substances such as dioxins and furans. To compound this problem these toxins are known to form nanoparticles that may directly penetrate the lungs. This poses a high risk to human health and the environment. The high cost to run incinerators will be paid for by its residents, and does not act as an incentive to reduce waste.

Halton Region imposed a moratorium on incinerator technologies in June 2007, because of health risks and the high cost involved and instead embarked on an intensified waste diversion program.  To date Halton Region’s successful programs have achieved a waste diversion of 65%. This has extended the life of our landfill to 2044, already saved residents close to $1billion and resulted in a reduced carbon footprint on the environment.

Will you support extending the moratorium, and working on improving our waste diversion to as near as attainable a zero waste goal?

On achieving our Urban Forest Strategic Management Plan targets:

Oakville has taken the visionary step of developing an Urban Forest Strategic Management Plan and our Official Plan – Livable Oakville – contains commitments to both maintain the existing urban forest and progressively increase the urban forest to achieve a canopy cover of 40% Town-wide.

Will you support the implementation of our urban forest strategic management plans and targets through enhanced tree protection bylaws, and by improving tree establishment and species diversity and resources for stewardship programs on public and private lands?

On improving watershed health:

In 2013 Conservation Halton’s Watershed Report Card gave parts of Oakville a score of D or F for surface water quality, forest conditions and impervious land cover, reflecting a legacy of negative impacts resulting from poorly planned urban development.

What will you do to reverse these trends and protect our region’s watersheds and water quality?

**New and Updated ** Environmental School presentations

Attention Teachers and Parents: We are ready for back to school!

 Oakvillegreen is offering “new and updated” environmental presentations for the 2014/2015 school year.

 We are booking for presentations starting October 2014.

Just finalizing our list, but we have NEW presentations for Zero Waste, Interesting Insects and Tree-mendous Trees, Natural Habitats

….plus many others

**Updated programming and new staff presenters**

 Email or phone 289-813-1568 to book .   Inquire about other topics for your classroom.

 PLEASE NOTE: Liz Benneian is no longer with Oakvillegreen.



Oakvillegreen Receives $134,200 Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant

Oakvillegreen Conservation Association is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for a total of $134,200 to fund programs and two staff members in the Town of Oakville over the next two years.

“I was very pleased to hear that Oakvillegreen, thanks to this grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, will be able to continue to support the wellbeing of Oakville’s green spaces. The tireless advocacy of Oakvillegreen has helped to promote sustainable planning and built a stronger and greener Oakville, and they are very deserving of this support,” said Oakville MPP, Kevin Flynn.

“The work that Oakvillegreen does in our community is vital to protecting and educating local residents on important environmental issues,” said Indira Naidoo-Harris, MPP for Halton.  “The Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant will support the wonderful programs Oakvillegreen runs in the Halton Region. This is a good way to recognize this organization’s great work.”

“More than ever, people are realizing the importance of the tree canopy and nature in our urban setting,” Karen Brock, President of Oakvillegreen. “We are delighted that we will be able to deliver and expand a range of community environmental programs with local groups, schools, businesses and other community partners to make Oakville a healthier place to live”.

Oakvillegreen will be hiring an Executive Director and Manager of Tree and Education programs to support their work.  Details about the positions can be found at under “Careers”.

Oakvillegreen Conservation Association (OCA) is a grassroots, non-partisan community organization founded in 1999.   OCA’s mission is to protect and grow the natural environment in Oakville to make Oakville a healthier place to live.   OCA has successfully accomplished these goals over the past 15 years through a combination of advocacy, education programs and environmental initiatives like community tree planting.  OCA was instrumental in the formation of the Natural Heritage System in North Oakville, in a precedent–setting Ontario Municipal Board ruling, which preserved 30 percent of the land north of Dundas Street from development.

A leading grantmaker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities: