Grants for Sustainability

This April 2010, SPUR announced a series of grants to Cochrane organizations committed to sustainability.  Recipients included:

Cochrane Branches and Banks Environmental Foundation:

BranchesSupport for their annual event which includes a creek clean-up, removal of invasive species and the planting of 1000 native trees and shrubs.  In addition, there will be an environmental education program to expand the community’s knowledge about the ecology of the Cochrane area.

Cochrane High School Sustainable Development Committee:

Support for Phase 5 of their Sustainable Development Project.  This phase includes the purchase of a wind turbine, installation of motion sensors, light sensors and LED lights as well as the installation of eaves troughs to capture rainwater.

Cochrane Community Garden Society:

Funding for their pilot project, a demonstration and learning garden situated at the Glenbow Elementary School playfields.  In addition to providing plots for community members to lease, this pilot project will include education and interpretive gardens for use by the school and an opportunity for building of community through shared responsibility for the development and maintenance of the gardens.

Cochrane & Area Humane Society:

Support for their Summer Day Camp Program.  Focusing on human education, this program will help local youth to develop empathy and compassion for other people and animals, respect for the environment, and the ability to make decisions based on the welfare of others as well as themselves.

Cochrane Society for Housing Options:

Support for the development of Home Reno Heaven – a non-profit business.  The Home Reno Heaven will help to divert useable materials from local landfills for use in renovation projects.  In addition, funds raised will be put back into the community to support and create new housing related projects and programs.  This initiative will engage a number of individuals and groups.

Twisted Basil Food Group Inc.:

Support for capacity-building for a “farm to plate” pilot project.  The result will be a project that supports local farmers through promotion, awareness and a distribution pilot project.  This builds on the agricultural heritage of Cochrane, supports the local economy and aligns with many of the Pathways in the Cochrane Sustainability Plan.

Nadine Pepin:

Funding for sustainability planning program for Cochrane businesses

Daniel Westby (Arts and Culture Foundation of Cochrane):

Funding for a “legal wall” for graffiti and street art

Cochrane Environmental Action Committee Wetlands Subcommittee:

Funding for their wetlands restoration documentary

Jeff Couillard:

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