Local Environmental Action Fund
In 2007, Kitchener city council underscored our commitment to protecting and conserving the environment through the creation of the $5-million Local Environmental Action Fund (LEAF).
The goal of LEAF was to reduce, or repair, Kitchener's impact on the environment focusing on the reduction of greenhouse gases, and to enhance the ability of the Kitchener community to live sustainably into the future.
Here is a summary of the many projects that were supported by LEAF along with the amount of funding received.
- Waterloo Region School Board, Huron Natural Area Outdoor Interpreter - $12,000
- Trinity Village, Green Roof Addition - $31,075
- School Ground Greening Project - $20,000
- Kitchener Master Gardeners, Pesticide-Free Workshops - $4,244
- Emmanuel Bible College, Environmental Master Plan and Implementation - $18,740
- Sustainable Waterloo Region, The CO2 Initiative - $35,000
- World Wide Opportunities for Women, Home Energy $aver Project - $49,900
- Waterloo Stewardship Network, Classroom Trees From Seed - $20,000
- Waterloo Wellington Children's Groundwater Festival, "Only Tap Water Delivers" - $12,900
- Community Renewable Energy Waterloo (CREW), Power $aving Network - $5,000
- Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School, Green Industries Education Centre - $220,000
- Waterloo Region Green Solutions, REEP House - $60,000
- City of Kitchener (Green City Committee), City Hall Waste Reduction Initiative - $74,700
- CREW with Kitchener Building Division, Kitchener Green Housing Incentive - $500,000
- Grand River Car Share, Public Awareness and Social Marketing Campaign to promote Carsharing in Kitchener - $25,000
- Grand River Conservation Authority, Restoration of Pioneer Tower Floodplain Forest - $8,500
- School Ground Greening Projects - $12,700
- City of Kitchener with Westmount Neighbourhood, Master Plan and Applied Pilot Projects for a Sustainable Urban Forest - $37,416
- Friends of Laurentian Wetland, W.T. Townshend Public School and K-W Field Naturalists, Two Pilot Projects: (1) Sustainable Management Plan for Street Trees and (2) a Natural Area Management Plan - $34,716
- City of Kitchener (INS - Operations), Conservation and Stewardship of the Urban Turtle Populations - $36,911
- School Ground Greening Projects - $5,400
- Sustainable Waterloo Region, Growing the Regional Carbon Initiative in Kitchener - $ 43,650
- CREW, Kitchener Solar City Initiative: Rooftop Photovoltaic Inducements for Faith Institutions - $86,500
- The Working Centre, Community Access Bicycles - $100,000
- Waterloo Region Green Solutions, Home Energy Improvement Program - $500,000
- Waterloo Region Green Solutions, ¡RAIN!: An Ecological Approach to Stormwater Management - $161,245
The program was suspended in January during budget deliberations. After extensive public consultation, council approved the end of the LEAF program in November and directed staff to bring back suggestions for the disbursement of the remaining funds as part of the 2013 budget process.
In January, during final budget day, council approved the following expenditures from the remaining LEAF dollars:
- $320,000 to deal with Emerald Ash Borer (in addition to the $4.3 million previously included in the capital budget);
- $1.4 million for trails, with staff to report on funding mechanisms for an additional $600,000;
- $600,000 for the city's four large parks McLennan, Kiwanis, Victoria Park and Huron Natural Area; and
- $500,000 to debt reduction.