The MiltonGreen Story
Milton Ontario Canada is nestled beside the monumental Niagara Escarpment in Halton Region. Many local residents chose to build their lives and families here to be nearby the rich natural heritage system and conservation areas for recreation and leisure, yet be within reasonable travelling distance of the dynamic downtown Toronto core.
"The UNESCO designation recognizes the Niagara Escarpment as an internationally significant ecosystem for its special environment and unique environmental plan. The designation puts Ontario's Niagara Escarpment in the company of other well-known biosphere reserves such as the Galapagos Islands, Africa's Serengeti and the Florida Everglades.
Biosphere reserves strive to conserve the diversity of plants, animals and micro-organisms which make up our living "biosphere" and maintain healthy natural systems while, at the same time, meeting the material needs and aspirations of an increasing number of people."
Milton residents, including Jim and Shirley Steeves, Eleanor Hayward and Carol Gustafson, co-founded MiltonGreen in 2007. At the time, Halton Region presented to the public a business case on Energy from Waste (EFW) within Milton borders. We spoke up in favour of organics diversion as an alternative to the EFW and still extend the life of the landfill, with support from Leslie Adams from Protect Our Water and Environmental Resources (P.O.W.E.R) and Liz Benneian from Oakvillegreen Conservation Association, and founder of Ontario Zero Waste Coalition of which MiltonGreen is now a member. The ensemble was encouraged when councillors responded in favor of the now-familiar GreenCart program!
MiltonGreen has since given input on several municipal, regional and provincial proposals including surplus school lands, transportation and highway plans, local residential and industrial development, waste management and diversion, drinking water, renewable energy sources and more!
With the helpful collaboration of Halton Environmental Network (HEN) we were granted funds in 2011-2013 from Ontario Trillium Foundation. MiltonGreen Environmental Association was incorporated in February 2012 with the benefit of creating an Outreach Coordinator contract position to initiate marketing efforts and facilitate public education events.
You may have seen our members around town at Farmer's Markets, Fall Fairs, Canada Day and Rib Fest events diverting waste from landfill towards Halton Blue Box and GreenCart programs, or at our public outreach booths. We have facilitated many local education events including a walking garden tour, eco-film screenings, guest speaker events and North Halton Green Drinks socials.
Since expiry of the grant, volunteers are working behind the scenes to organize a cohesive committee structure and communications website while maintaining public education events and volunteer opportunities.
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