CFICE’s Community Environmental Sustainability Hub
The Community Environmental Sustainability (CES) hub funded community-driven community-campus demonstration projects.
The CES hub functioned at the local level in three key communities: Ottawa, Peterborough, and Haliburton. These projects focused on:
- Increasing community environmental sustainability
- Reducing individual and collective ecological footprints, (i.e., human impact on the environment)
- Strengthening a community’s ability to deal with environmental changes
- Leads to a greater ability to withstand changes in the environment (i.e. resilience)
- Reduces individual and collective ecological footprints (i.e. human impact on the environment)
- Mitigates climate change locally
Over the course of Phase I, the hub collected a lot of lessons with respect to community-campus engagement in the environmental sustainability sector. You can read about their findings in this 2-page PDF backgrounder.
Community Environmental Sustainability News, Resources, and Research
Check out the CES Hub’s news, resources, and research below.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
CFICE Partner Trent Community Research Centre releases 2016-2017 Annual Report
The 2016-17 academic year was one of significant achievement for the Trent Community Research Centre. After a modest year in 2015-16 with only one full-time staff member focused on projects, September 2016 saw the appointment of the Centre’s first post-doctoral fellow. Dr. David Tough joined the Centre on a 4 day-a-week contract to take on...
Monday, September 25, 2017
Congratulations Brianna Salmon! Recipient of the 2017 Trent University Alumni Association Young Alumni Leader Award
by Trent University Two of Trent University’s brightest young alumni were honoured at a special luncheon hosted by Trent President Leo Groarke on Tuesday, August 22, at Alumni House, which brought together Peterborough-based alumni from across five decades of Trent history to celebrate the impact of Trent alumni on the Peterborough community. At...
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Congratulations Tessa Nasca on new role with Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) and the launch of NeighbourPlan
Compiled by Nadine Changfoot, Academic Co-lead, Community Environmental Sustainability (PBTO-HALIB) Hub Congratulations to Tessa Nasca as the new Community Coordinator for TCAT’s Active Neighbourhoods Canada project! Tessa brings a background in active transportation advocacy and urban design, and is dedicated to creating more accessible and...
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Job Opportunity: Funded Masters Positions in Community-based Sustainability beginning Sept 2017
Trent University is accepting applications and expressions of interest for up to two graduate students for a research project involving community-based research as a means to assess how sustainability in the region of Haliburton County is promoted through campus-community partnerships. The community partner for the project is the U-Links Centre...
Friday, June 9, 2017
CFICE Recommendations for Students in Community-Campus Partnerships: My Experience as a CFICE Research Assistant
by Magda Goemans, CFICE Evaluation and Analysis Working Group Research Assistant This blog post is one of several that will take a look at some of the inspiration behind recommendations that CFICE is developing for funders, post-secondary institutions and others following our evaluation of Phase I of the project. I have spent the last...
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Supporting sustainable food helps local farmers, environment
by Leah Piehler, CFICE Volunteer In 2015, CFICE’s Environmental Sustainability (Peterborough-Haliburton) Hub supported the research of Melissa Johnston, a Master’s student in Trent University’s Sustainability Studies program. With the support, Melissa partnered with Abbey Gardens, a community project in Haliburton, Ont., which focuses on...
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
CES Peterborough-Haliburton hub members share CFICE CCE Experiences
by Omar Elsharkawy, CFICE Admin RA In January 2017, the Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) project hosted a symposium to reflect on and evaluate Phase I of their 7-year research project. The first phase officially started in 2012 when the project received a $2.5 million Social Sciences and Humanities partnership grant. With...
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
New graduate research assistantship endowment to strengthen Trent’s commitment to experiential learning adopts CFICE model
by Nadine Changfoot, Academic Co-lead, Community Environmental Sustainability (PBTO-HALIB) Hub Trent University has received a $150,000 funding infusion thanks to the generosity of two change-leaders, John and Thea Patterson, who have created a new endowment fund to support Trent graduate research at Abbey Gardens in Haliburton that puts community...
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Radio Documentary: Partnering for Change
The Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) project has accomplished alot in the first four years of the project. In Partnering for Change, a radio documentary created by CFICE volunteer Julie Bourassa, CFICE partners reflect on the personal and community impacts the CFICE project has had in Phase I. Download a PDF copy...
Monday, April 24, 2017
Purchasing Power: 10 Lessons on Getting More Local, Sustainable, and Delicious Food in Schools, Hospitals and Campuses
Food Secure Canada and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation are jointly releasing the report Purchasing Power: 10 Lessons on Getting More Local, Sustainable, and Delicious Food in Schools, Hospitals and Campuses. The lessons profile what we’ve learned about how to shift institutional food purchasing to sustainability–from defining local, to...
Friday, April 21, 2017
Spotlight on Food: Innovation as Usual?
April 3rd, 2017 The agriculture and agri-food sector is enjoying a moment of exceptional attention. First, Canada’s Economic Growth Advisory Committee pinpointed the sector as a promising area of growth in the so-called Barton Report. Then, the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute and the Public Policy Forum organized a series of meetings across...
Friday, March 24, 2017
Celebration of Community Research showcases Trent students’ community impact
by John Marris, Community Co-lead, Community Environmental Sustainability (PBTO-HALIB) Hub The Trent Community Research Centre (TCRC) presents its annual Celebration of Community Research on March 31, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Champlain College Great Hall at Trent University. Over 75 students will be presenting research projects...
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
GottaGo’s Vision for Sustainable Toilets in Ottawa
by Kira Locken, CFICE Volunteer As part of their campaign for clean and accessible public washrooms in the Ottawa area, GottaGo! is now advocating for more public washrooms to be built with environmentally friendly toilets. Founded in 2013, GottaGo! advocates for a network of public washrooms in Ottawa that are easy to find and accessible for...
Monday, January 30, 2017
Stewart Street Residents and Researchers Reflect Upon ANC Stewart Street – Peterborough
by Nadine Changfoot, Katie Caddigan, Jason Hartwick, and Tessa Nasca Katie Caddigan and Jason Hartwick, Stewart Street residents, and Tessa Nasca and Nadine Changfoot, researchers at Trent University and members of CFICE, met to discuss and reflect on what participating on the ANC Stewart Street – Peterborough project provided them six months...
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Community Conversations with B!ke Peterborough and GreenUp
by Nadine Changfoot, Academic Co-lead, Community Environmental Sustainability Hub (Pbto/Halib) On October 7, 2016, B!ke Peterborough and GreenUP Peterborough organized a day long Community Conversation informed by the work of the CFICE and Trent supported Active Neighbourhoods Canada (ANC) Stewart Street Neighbourhood Project in Peterborough...
Thursday, January 19, 2017
31 Environmentally-Friendly Tips: Storified!
Were you so busy last month that you missed our 31 tips for living a more environmentally-friendly December? Well we've got you covered! We've collected all 31 tips here in one place, so you can review them at your leisure! [View the story "31 Days of an Environmentally Friendly December " on...
Friday, January 6, 2017
Environmentally-Friendly Events – Event Kits Included!
If you've been following Jenna Snelgrove's blog posts on the CFICE website, you'll know she's been working hard to research and prepare some pretty unique event kits for CFICE's Haliburton Partners, Haliburton Highlands Land Trust, and Abbey Gardens. Through her work, Jenna has prepared 4 event kits - one for each season. These kits...
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Day 31 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: Paperless flyers
Here it is at last, the last day of 2016! How is everyone feeling? Ready for the new year? 2016 has been an exciting year for CFICE, we’ve welcomed new members to the team, participated in conferences, organized and participated on insightful panel discussions, and done some extraordinary work in all research hubs. And...
Friday, December 30, 2016
Day 30 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: Vampire Power
Vampire power, which may also be called phantom loads or standby power, is the power consumed by appliances when they are turned off or not performing their function. TVs require the use of power when they are off so that they can receive the signal from the remote and many other appliances consume power...
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Day 29 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: Weatherstripping
With the cold weather and having to heat your home it's important to make sure there aren't drafts throughout your home. This can save you 20% on heating and cooling bills and wasted energy. Check for drafts coming from windows and doors, if you detect a draft make note of it and then make...
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Day 28 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: Air Purifying
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA Everyone wants their home to smell fresh and clean, but do you know how harmful air fresheners are? Many air fresheners contain VOC and only mask the smell, doing nothing in regards to bacteria or germs. As we learned on December 21st, many candles are produced with paraffin,...
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Day 27 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: Paint
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA Maybe you’re planning on redecorating or redoing your house this coming new year, have you thought about purchasing eco friendly paint? Many brands of paint contains a lot of chemicals, chemicals that are labeled volatile organic compounds, or VOC for short, that are release toxins into the air...
Monday, December 26, 2016
Day 26 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: Leftovers
During the holiday season there is always so much food left over. It's like trying to fit a week’s worth of food into one dinner, it just can't be done. But now you’ve got leftovers galore! There are plenty of options for handling the abundance of leftover food without having to throw it out....
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Day 25 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: TV Energy Consumption
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA Take some time today and turn off the Television and spend some time with your family, maybe play a game instead. Not only is it a great way to spend family time, but it will also save energy. Every TV has a different energy usage. Since 2011 it...
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Day 24 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: Repurposing Newspaper
Repurposing materials can be really creative and a lot of fun! Its creative crafting at it's finest; trying to think of as many things that you can make with one object, it requires objective thinking. Plus its recycling as well! Newspaper is a great example of repurposing materials. Newspapers are usually produced daily or...
Friday, December 23, 2016
Day 23 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: Light bulbs
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA December 23, our 23rd sustainable tip, what's our tip of the day? Hmmmm…. Let's think on it. *a light flicks on above our head* I got an idea: light bulbs! Incandescent lights are a common form of electric lighting and early produced light bulb that has been in...
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Day 22 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: Microbeads in cleansers
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA Microbeads are a common ingredient in cleansers for exfoliating and scrubbing skin. Although they can freshen and brighten your face, there are countless arguments that can be made against the harmful environmental effect that microplastics have. While a few countries are initiating bans on microbeads and...
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Day 21 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: Soy Candles
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA Today is the winter solstice, signifying the official first day of winter and the shortest day of the year. To get you through the longest night of the year, light up some candles and celebrate this fantastic season with your friends and family. To keep with our environmentally...
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Building Community Partnerships and Civic Engagement to Promote Environmental Sustainability in Haliburton
by Jenna Snelgrove, Community Environmental Sustainability (Peterborough-Haliburton) hub RA Working as a CFICE Research Assistant with the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust, Abbey Gardens, U-Links, and Trent University in the Community Environmental Sustainability Hub of Peterborough and Haliburton has allowed me to appreciate the importance of...
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Day 20 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: Cleaning Products
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA Cleaning products contain a considerable amount of chemicals. Chemicals that are poisonous and dangerous to consume or come in contact with your skin. Chemicals such as bleach, ammonia, and phosphates. Chemicals that are now all over your home. Environmental experts say that the average household...
Monday, December 19, 2016
Day 19 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: Recycling E-Waste
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA What did you do with the old batteries when tested and changed the smoke detector and TV remote controls? When you upgraded your cell phone, what did you do with your old one? What about your retired desktop computer and monitor? Did you know that old electronics and...
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Day 18 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: Gear Swaps
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA Outdoor gear is expensive! And it's always a bummer when you get it out of storage only to find that it no longer fits. From ski boots to snow pants to rain jackets, it happens to everyone but that doesn't make it any less disappointing when it happens...
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Day 17 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: Second Hand Shopping
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA With all the holidays that amalgamate in December, it quickly becomes an expensive month of spending and buying. It's hard on the bank and hard on the environment. And it only contributes to the consumer culture that exists today. As you may remember, yesterday we learned that 85%...
Friday, December 16, 2016
Report: Community Environmental Sustainability Hub Evaluation Synthesis
Over the course of 2016, CFICE's hubs engaged in a systematic evaluation to figure out what we've learned from Phase I of CFICE. This evaluation report synthesizes and summarizes the findings from the Community Environmental Sustainability (CES) Ottawa Hub, lead by Patricia Ballamingie at Carleton University. The creation of this report involved...
Friday, December 16, 2016
Day 16 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: Cleaning out the Closet
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA Now that winter is settling in and you’re adjusting nicely to the temperature. Unpacking winter clothing and sweaters, it's time to retire your summer clothing. *sigh* Before you do though, take some time to sort through it. Is there anything that you don’t wear anymore? That doesn't fit?...