CEPP 1.0 Education Grants Awarded 

The following applicants were awarded in the first call for CEPP Education Grant applications:

Lead:  Environment Hamilton Incorporated
Project Name: 
The Hamilton Halton Energy Awareness Team (HHEAT) 
Grant Awarded $89,344

Environment Hamilton is a not-for-profit organization in 2001 with a central mandate to help people develop the knowledge and skills they need to protect and enhance the environment around them.  The Hamilton Halton Energy Awareness Team (HHEAT) project will raise awareness in the 6 communities in the Hamilton and Halton Region about the benefits and importance of renewable energy.  In doing so, HHEAT aims to facilitate the formation of neighbourhood networks to explore the potential for community renewable energy co-operatives.  These efforts will culminate in a Community Renewable Energy Summit designed to inspire intercommunity collaboration and action. Audiences will be reached through existing social networks within these geographic areas including:  faith groups, neighbourhood associations, business improvement areas, local environmental organizations, school associations, etc. HHEAT will produce presentations, a handbook, brochure and documented summit proceedings for this project and aims to attract over 300 participants, some of whom will move on to more in-depth working sessions toward the creation of community energy co-operatives.


Lead:  Faith and the Common Good  
Project Name:  Renewable Energy for Faith Communities
Grant Awarded:  $75,000

Faith and the Common Good is an interfaith network of religious communities who understand the Earth as a sacred gift.  Renewable Energy for Faith Communities will work through partners such as the United Church of Canada and Mennonite Central Committee as well as a network of regional chapter partners.  Renewable Energy for Faith Communities will: educate faith communities about the development of renewable energy facilities, encourage faith community investment in renewable energy by increasing awareness and best practices within the faith sector and promote diverse technology types that would be appropriate to faith communities.  Over 350 faith communities will have access to 15 edcuation workshops and resources that will be conducted across Ontario and targeted at the faith sector from Windsor to North Bay, expected to attract over 1500 participants.  The outcome of education and outreach efforts will ultimately result in new, community-based solar, hydro wind and biogas projects whree opportunities exist.


Lead: Ontario Sustainable Energy Association
Project Name:  Community Power Roadmap to Success
Grant Awarded:  $125,000

The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association is a broad-based Provincial association whose members are engaged in or support Community Power projects and renewable energy. OSEA works to initiate, facilitate and support the work of local sustainable energy organizations through membership services, province-wide capacity building and non-partisan policy work.  The Community Power Roadmap to Success engages 13 different organizational partners from the Greater Sudbury Environmental Network (rethink Green) to the Nordik Institute to communicate the value of renewable energy and build capacity toward the initiation of new community power projects.  The leverages established community organizations and institutional groups with assets and takes them through OSEA’s Roadmap for Success development tool, a new Creating a Solar PV Renewable Energy Co-operative and economic impact model in great detail. This work will be accomplished through 15 experiential educational sessions targeting over 600 groups, ultimately resulting in 15 new projects by March 2012.


Lead: Nipissing University Biomass Innovation Centre 
Project Name:  Renewable Energy Partnership Project for Blue Sky Communities
Grant Awarded:  $75,000

The Biomass Innovation Centre (BIC) was established by Nipissing University’s School of Business in the spring of 2009 as a centre for knowledge and support in the development of an expanding clean technology industry in the country by focusing its energies on the environmental, social and economic impact of using an existing wood supply for renewable heat and energy.  The Renewable Energy Partnership Project for Blue Sky Communities will develop toolkits/training modules and a roadmap designed to build awareness, inspiration and capacity for developing sustainable renewable energy projects for communities within the Blue Sky Region of Northern Ontario.  A series of 4 information sessions (in-person/videoconference) will be hosted in rural northern Ontario communities, offering a toolkit and roadmap process to assist in planning a project.  The Centre will work to target over 250 individuals together with community partners such as Transition Town North Bay, Nipissing Naturalists, Greening Nipissing and Community Heritage Gardeners while leveraging existing network of the Biomass Innovation Centre.  The vision for this educational project is for participants to eventually create a new, regional biomass project and Blue Sky Energy Co-op.


Lead:  Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas
Project Name:  TABIA Go Renewable
Grant Awarded:  $44,400

Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas is a non-profit organization representing the City of Toronto’s 71 BIAs who in turn, represent more than 27,000 business and property owners. TABIA currently delivers the greenTbiz energy and environmental conservation among small and medium- sized enterprises (SME) in the City of Toronto.  The TABIA Go Renewable project will address the unique barriers of the SME sector by hosting Community Power Fairs, providing presentations and online resources (including webpages, videos and a mobile app) describing the benefits of community power and identify actions in developing projects.  The tools for that TABIA provides to the sector is expected to result in a new understanding of community power with the BIA communities acting as incubators and inspiration for new projects.  This project will target up to 450 key community business leaders in the City of Toronto.


Lead:  Agrienergy Producers' Association of Ontario
Project Name:  Growing Ontario's Biogas Industry
Grant Awarded:  $74,260

Agrienergy Producers’ Association of Ontario (APAO) is a not-for-profit, member-driven organization that represents the development and advancement of biogas as a renewable energy source in Ontario. Its mission is to be the collective voice of Ontario’s growing biogas industry in the new sustainable energy economy. The Growing Ontario’s Biogas Industry project will reach over 10,000 people about the benefits of biogas technology, including exposure to up to 2,000 farmers.  Communications activities include:  farm tours, print and online resources, events and workshops.  This project will draw on the passion, experience and knowledge of existing biogas producers to deliver and inform the development of educational materials in partnership with organizations such as the Dairy Farmers of Ontario and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture. APOA’s Growing Ontario’s Biogas Industry has the potential to move 100 new, co-operatively or farmer-owned biogas projects forward into project development stages by April, 2012.


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