Awarded Grants

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Canadian Environmental Grantmaker's Network

Shared Learning in Support of an Environmentally Sound and Sustainable Future

The Canadian Environmental Grantmakers' Network (CEGN) and the Sustainability Network are seeking support for a Shared Learning initiative designed to increase the capacity, effectiveness and collaboration of the environmental community (both non-profits and funders). The proposed initiative will help to equip the environmental community to be more effective agents for the protection of Canada's environment. It will do so through shared learning opportunities which will result in: i) increased knowledge and skills; ii) more effective public communication; and iii) stronger networking and collaboration among members of the environmental community. Bridging the divide between funders and non-profits is central to this initiative. Both the scale of environmental challenges that confront us and the fact that increasing numbers of funders are shifting from 'grant-givers' to 'change-makers' demand a stronger alliance between these two parts of the environmental community.

Comox Valley Project Watershed Society

Protecting and Restoring the Courtenay River Estuary

The Estuary Working Group (EWG), representing 13 environmental organisations is currently working on eelgrass and habitat restoration, carbon sequestration research, a National Historic Status bid, and yearly awareness campaigns. The EWG has participated with the Comox Valley Regional District in revising a Courtenay River Estuary Management Plan, originally created in 2000 but never implemented. The revised plan needs the support of local municipalities. They were invited to take part in revising the plan but declined to do so. We propose to create an interactive animated 3D map of the estuary to illustrate changes over time, the problems that need to be addressed and present various scenarios for resolving these challenges. The complexity and interconnectedness of the estuary’s ecosystems, examples of economic development compatible with a healthy functioning estuary, and potential social and recreational benefits will be highlighted. In creating the map we intend to engage local officials, planners, and other stakeholders in data gathering and visioning a desired future estuary.

Ecojustice Canada Society

Litigation and Law Reform Response to the Budget Implementation Act (Bill C-38)

With the passage of Bill C-38, Canada’s Budget Implementation Act, key environmental laws are being dismantled. A legal problem requires a legal solution, and, as the leading environmental law organization in Canada, Ecojustice will respond to these challenges. The courts are independent of government and play a vitally important role in our democracy, perhaps now more than ever. The courts must be the forum where we argue for the rights of our citizens to be heard and that our prosperity depends on environmental protection. A response to changes in law must be strategic, informed, and collaborative. Under the supervision of a new Law and Policy Lead, Ecojustice will identify, develop and implement test case litigation to challenge the legality of new provisions or regulations to enable Bill C-38. We will play a leadership role within BC’s environmental community by building strategic partnerships and roles, and recruiting and educating new and diverse clients and allies to lay the groundwork for a long-term plan to restore federal environmental laws.

QQS (EYES) Projects Society

Building capacity for salmon stewardship - traditional fish weir in the Koeye

The weir project aims to build capacity, and increase engagement in resource stewardship in the Heiltsuk community of Bella Bella by resurrecting the traditional practice of building fish weirs on the Koeye River. Fish weirs were used for thousands of years by First Nations as a means of selectively harvesting salmon in large rivers; however the practice has been dormant in Central Coast communities for more than 100 years. The project stems from Qqs’ core mission of engaging youth in Heiltsuk culture and their environment, and builds upon existing youth and environment programs at Koeye, creating a unique opportunity to involve young people in a project that provides critical data for the conservation of Heiltsuk resources. The Koeye is among the most important salmon producing streams in Heiltsuk territory. Enumeration of salmon using the traditional fish weir, would greatly enhance our understanding of salmon within Koeye, and would have broad relevance for understanding salmon populations throughout the region.

UBC - Faculty of Forestry

Visualizing Urban Futures with Community Energy

Public understanding and behaviour change on energy use is critical to reducing carbon footprints and building resilient communities. Since the idea of low-carbon community-wide energy systems is new in Canada, most people have little idea how typical neighbourhoods in Metro Vancouver can be retrofitted to be climate friendly. CALP proposes to engage communities, using compelling new visualisation tools to actively involve non-experts in learning about community energy. This proposal builds on an ongoing research study with Neptis Foundation and the GEOIDE Network Centre of Excellence, which is developing prototype visualization tools - "digital stories" about community energy, based on data in two pilot BC municipalities: Richmond and Surrey. This project will help build awareness and community capacity for climate change solutions. It will involve multiple stakeholders in developing a visual information toolkit for use in demonstrations, workshops, and web media to reach the "silent majority" who are often not engaged in social learning and community decision-making.