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Apply Now! Green Project Grant 2021

October 12, 2021

It pays to be a Green Economy London member!

Our Green Project Grant is back for 2021.  This year we are giving away 2 x $2,000 AND 1x $5,000 incentives to our members to make sustainability changes at their facilities. 
Could your organization save money and reduce your impact by implementing one of the following projects?  Apply Here.  For this year’s grant, the project funding amount is dependent on the scale of your proposed project (the more impactful the projects will be considered for the $5,000 grant). Check out our application guide below to give you an idea of which projects would qualify for a $2,000 vs $5,000 grant. If you have a different project in mind, reach out to natalie@londonenvironment.net.

If you received a Green Project Grant in previous years, you are still eligible to apply for this year!

GHG Emission Reduction Projects

Projects that qualify for $2,000 Projects that qualify for $5,000
  • Activity sensors for lighting installation
  • Increased insulation
  • Air curtain installation
  • High efficiency window replacement
  • LED lighting retrofit (installation or audit costs)
  • Air source heat pump installation
  • Renewable energy project (solar/ geothermal)
  • Condensing electric tankless water heater installation
  • EV Fleet Vehicle 
Water Conservation Projects

  • Low flow toilet installation
  • Waterless urinal installation 
  • Faucet replacement, aerators and low flow showerhead installation.
  • Low Impact Development project (LID) – rain garden, permeable pavement installation.
  • Blue Roof Project
Waste Diversion Projects
  • Waste audit and diversion strategy development 
  • High speed, energy efficient hand dryer installation
  • Organics / recycling pick up program/ Compost 
  • Switch to Biodegradable/ eco friendly packaging options
Environmental Stewardship Projects
  • Employee engagement LOLA Bees hive sponsorship package
  • Installation of cycling to work infrastructure (lockers, rack, etc.)
  • Electric vehicle charger installation / green vehicle priority parking space
  • Depave Sponsorship
  • Employee Tree planting and sponsorship (Reforest London)
  • Pollinator garden or community/corporate garden.
  • Green Roof Project/Living Wall Project
Consultants/Studies/Audits
  • Energy and / or water efficiency audit 
  • HVAC consultation services for path to net-zero
  • Impact studies/product life cycle reports (ie. improving end of life/cradle to cradle)

Rules of the Green Project Grant:

  • A GEL representative must validate the projects for eligibility and approve of the contractor prior to acceptance.
  • These funds must go directly to the consultant / contractor. (unless otherwise agreed upon Environmental Stewardship project funding.)
  • GEL must be invoiced for design services, consultations and installations.  
  • To be eligible for funding, the organization must be a member of GEL.  
  • The member must set their baseline in accordance with GEL’s milestone process and set a 10 year reduction target in the target area of choice.  
  • Most of these projects will cost more than $2,000.00/$5,000.  It is expected that the member will pay for the rest of the costs associated with completion.  

Timeline:

  • Submissions will be accepted from Oct. 14th, 2021 – Nov. 14th, 2021
  • Recipient to be announced on Nov. 26th, 2021
  • Project to be completed between Nov. 26th, 2021 – Aug 30th, 2022
  • Impact to be reported no later than October 31st, 2022

To apply, click here.

This initiative is made possible with support by;

Past 2020 Green Project Grant Recipients

Electric Vehicle Charger – Reimagine Co.

Reimagine Co. installed an electric vehicle charger in hopes to conveniently charge the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle that the business uses for deliveries and provide ‘boosts’ to consumers shopping in-store. In addition to this, they put their new charger on the map, attracting new customers to their store!

Low-Flow Toilets – McCabe Promotions

McCabe was able to install low-flow toilets in their most frequently used bathrooms. These toilets use 4.8L of water per flush, compared to the usual 6L used! This switch will help them achieve cost savings on their water bill and has allowed them to work towards reducing their overall water usage by 10%.

LED Retrofit – Bluestone Properties

Bluestone Properties retrofitted their original light fixtures with LED lights. By conducting a lighting audit and analyzing the light levels before and after the retrofit, the company was able to brighten their workplace in a more environmentally conscious way!

 Blue Roof Study & High Efficiency Hand Dryer – Pillar Nonprofit

Pillar Nonprofit Network hired a consultant to advise on the feasibility of implementing a blue roof at Innovation Works to reduce stormwater flooding and water use. They hope to continue to apply for grants to install a blue roof in the future. Pillar Nonprofit Network also installed a high efficiency hand dryer to reduce its use of paper towels and make drying one’s hands more accessible to all!

Blue Roof Study – London Food Bank

London Food Bank was seeking insight regarding how they could use their large warehouse for a sustainable purpose, so they hired a consultant to conduct a blue roof study. The business found that it was the perfect solution to collect rainwater for use in their new greenhouse and outdoor gardens! By installing a blue roof, they also hope to reduce the cost of city water and bulk water for delivery.

Biodegradable Packaging – London Brewing Co-op

London Brewing Co-op switched out their plastic packaging for biodegradable packaging that can be either composted or recycled! Their customers have responded positively to the flexible disposal options and the environmental benefits.

Soil Sieves – Western Fair District

Western Fair District redirects their onsite green waste into compost bins and uses the compost to feed their worms, resulting in rich worm castings for fertilizer. To help sift out large lumps from their compost and isolate the worm castings, Western Fair District purchased two soil sieves!

Solar Installation – Heeman’s

Heeman’s installed solar panels on their roof! As just one of many of their green initiatives, these panels will generate 57% of their annual power needs, reducing the greenhouse gasses that they emit to power the business.

Past 2019 Green Project Grant Recipients
2019 Green Economy London Green Project Grant Recipients:

On The Move Organics Urban hoop house

On the Move Organics is awarded funds to install a hoop house, a passively heated greenhouse, on the site adjacent to their facility.  This is part of their fossil fuel reduction strategy. The hoop house will provide season-extension growing, allowing for greens to grow for a longer window of time than in conventional farming operations and will drastically reduce the GHG emissions associated with trucking in the produce.

Booch Organic Kombucha Diaphragm pump

Booch was awarded funds to install a diaphragm pump into their brewing process, which will save them roughly 3000L of wasted product per year.  This opportunity was discovered through a food waste audit performed by engineering firm, Enviro-stewards, and arranged by Green Economy London with financial support from The City of London.  

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