There are many green initiatives that are on-going in Selwyn Township that benefit the environment and our community. Each initiative aligns with Selwyn’s Climate Change Action Plan and help to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.

Here are some of the Township of Selwyn success stories:

  • Converted all of our traditional streetlights to LED; and
  • Installed three microFIT and three FIT solar installations on our municipal facilities.
  • 2019:
    • Selwyn Township received funding from the Federal Government to install a Level 2 CoRe+ charging station at the Selwyn Township Municipal Office;
    • Selwyn Township established the Green Event Policy which supports event organizers in making sustainable choices when planning an event; and
    • Lakefield District Public School implemented a food and organic waste reduction and diversion program with funding from TD Friends of the Environment Fund.
  • 2020:
    • Installed 30 digesters and provided 52 maple trees within the community;
    • In partnership with GreenUP, Selwyn Township offered a Rain Ready Program to residents to learn about water conservation, flood mitigation and drought tolerance, as well as a rain barrel subsidy.
  • 2021:

Climate Action at Home

GreenUP, in partnership with Peterborough County and the City of Peterborough, has developed a series of Climate Action at Home videos to help you take action!

  • Easy DIY Retrofits - To learn about easy DIY retrofits that you can complete in your own home or apartment, check out the DIY Retrofit Series. Chris Magwood from the Endeavour Centre shares tips to help you reduce emissions, save money, and increase the comfort of your home.
  • Achieving Carbon Neutral - To find out how you can go further to significantly address climate change, check out the Achieving Carbon Neutral video. This video also features local expert Chris Magwood, as well as Sean Flanagan from Flanagan and Sun, and Brianna Salmon from GreenUP. 

Visit the GreenUP website to learn more about available retrofit incentive programs, and to find out how you can book an energy audit. 

Climate Change Action Plan

Sustainable Peterborough has developed a Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) for the Greater Peterborough Area.

Depave Paradise
In July 2021, Green Up and volunteers depaved and planted a beautiful 100m2 pocket park at the entrance to Winfield Shores Harbour on Stewart Drive in Lakefield. Together, they liberated the soil, making Winfield Shores Rain Ready, and adding beauty and biodiversity for the whole community to enjoy!

Depave Paradise is a project of Green Communities Canada and local partners such as GreenUP, in communities across Canada. Volunteers work together to remove unwanted pavement and plant gardens filled with native species in its place. Removing asphalt and concrete at the neighbourhood level is an exciting new trend that renews neglected urban spaces by improving biodiversity and stormwater infiltration potential.

Interested in your own Depave project? Contact GreenUP for more information.

Electric Vehicles
Public Education
Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations
LakefieldElectronic Vehicle Charging Station
  • Location: Municipal parking lot beside The Village Inn of Lakefield
  • This is a Level 2 CoRe+ charger with applicable charge rates.
Municipal Office
  • Location: 1310 Centre Line, Selwyn
  • This is a Level 2 CoRe+ charger
  • The charger is free for public use from Monday to Friday, between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM, until September 2021. 

Selwyn Township received funding from the Federal Government to install a Level 2 CoRe+ charging station at the Municipal Office.

How to Use the FLO Network?
  1. Using the FLO Network App (can be downloaded for free from the Google Play or App Store)
  2. Using a FLO Network card (users must order the cards in the mail ahead of time for a cost of $15)
  3. Calling the toll-free number, 1-844-825-3356, found on all units. This number connects to a 24/7 line serviced by CAA.

All charging stations are listed on several map databases. Every Electric Vehicle (EV) comes with its own charging station finding app plus the following open networks including:

Energy Management Plans
FoodCycler Program

The Township of Selwyn is launching a FoodCycler Pilot Program. The pilot program is a partnership between the Township and a Canadian company, FoodCycler Science, to pilot an on-site, residential food waste diversion program in Selwyn Township.

Picture of FoodCycler

 

What is a FoodCycler?

The FoodCycler is a closed-loop, indoor compost alternative, which speeds up the natural decomposition process of food waste. The unit dries and grinds food waste into a dry, odorless, and nutrient dense by-product. The by-product can be used in many applications, including used as fertilizer in a garden or added to a backyard composter to speed up decomposition.

The FoodCycler takes up approximately one (1) cubic foot of space and requires a power outlet. Once set up, you toss your food scraps into the bucket and press the button. The FoodCycler reduces the volume of food waste by 90% in 4-8 hours. Each cycle uses about 0.8-1.5you kWh of electricity, which costs approximately 10 cents. The carbon filtration system eliminates odors, making it perfect for indoor use.

Organic Waste Diversion

This program would supplement waste diversion efforts in the Township and reduce the amount of organic waste going to landfill. Each FoodCycler has the potential to divert 2 tonnes of food waste over its lifetime. A FoodCycler can be used in combination with a backyard composter or digester to maximize organic waste diversion for your household. The FoodCycler is meant to supplement, not replace, backyard composting.

Backyard composting is important to organic waste diversion and provides a solution to divert materials that cannot be processed in a FoodCycler. See the FoodCycler Information Guide for a list of items that can and cannot be processed in a FoodCycler.

The Pilot Program

The FoodCycler Pilot Program will help measure the feasibility of using FoodCyclers to support at home composting in Selwyn Township. This program will improve the diversion of organic materials, which helps to protect the environment and extend the lifespan of local landfills.

The pilot program is 8 weeks long, running from February 27 to April 24, 2023. Participants will have their choice of two FoodCycler units, the original FoodCycler FC-30 for $169.50 or the new FoodCycler Maestro for $339. During the 8-week period, participants will be asked to track how many times a week they run their FoodCycler and complete a short survey at the end of the pilot period.

Participants will receive a FoodCycler Information Guide and Pilot Project Tracking sheet with their FoodCycler. Participating households will keep their FoodCycler following the pilot period.

See the Pilot Program Flyer for more information.

Choosing Your FoodCycler

Two different FoodCycler units are available for purchase at a subsidized cost. Participants will select the unit they would like to purchase when registering for the pilot program.

FoodCycler FC-30

  • Cost: $169.50
  • Smaller bucket size
  • Shorter processing time
  • Requires 2 filter cartridges
  • Includes 2 pre-installed disposable filter cartridges

FoodCycler Maestro

  • Cost: $339.00
  • Larger bucket size
  • Longer processing time
  • Requires 1 filter cartridge
  • Includes 1 pre-installed refillable filter cartridge

Note: When you need to replace the filters, refillable cartridges can be purchased for both FoodCycler models.

FoodCycler Comparison

How to Participate

If you’ve already expressed interest in the FoodCycler Pilot Program, you do not need to register again. You will receive an email from the Township to confirm your participation.

If you are interested in participating in the FoodCycler Pilot Program, please register here.

  • Deadline to register is Monday, February 13, 2023
  • First come, first serve. 250 households will be able to participate.
  • Available only to Selwyn Township residents.
  • One (1) FoodCycler permitted per Selwyn Township property.
Rain Ready Program

In partnership with GreenUP, Selwyn Township hosted virtual workshops for residents to learn about the role of outdoor landscaping actions to mitigate impacts associated with climate change, learn water wise skills (such as how to install a rain barrel and plant a water wise garden), and ask any questions about design, planting, and ongoing maintenance!

Spring Workshop #1 - Connecting the Drops: How to be Ready for Flooding

Watch the recorded presentation on YouTube

Fall Workshop #2 - Connecting the Drops: How to be Ready for Drought

Watch the recorded presentation on YouTube

 Rain Barrels & Water Wise Garden Kits
Resources

 

 

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