CFICE’s Community Environmental Sustainability Hub

Community Co-Lead
John Marris, Executive Director at the Trent Community Research Centre
Todd Barr, former Executive Director of the Trent Community Research Centre, (co-lead prior to 2016).

Academic Co-leads
Patricia Ballamingie, Associate Professor at Carleton University
Nadine Changfoot, Associate Professor at Trent University

Melissa Johnson, a CFICE research assistant, stands proudly over raised gardens in Abbey Gardens' greenhouse.

CFICE RA Melissa Johnson worked with Abbey Gardens in 2015.

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

Text box with the following content: "Definition of RESILIENCE: Even through changes in the environment, a household is able to keep a certain level of well-being, and access to food."The CES hub worked from the position that community environmental sustainability needs local action at the city level because it:

  • 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.

Check out the CES Hub’s Partners.
See the CES Hub’s Bibliography.

Community Environmental Sustainability News, Resources, and Research

Check out the CES Hub’s news, resources, and research below.