London Community Foundation Hosts 2011 Clean Air Challenge

Oct. 12, 2011

(London ON) – London Community Foundation is excited to announce the final stage of the 2011 Clean Air Challenge. This is the second year the Challenge is taking place. Five finalists will be competing for the $100,000 grant money, and judges will choose the winner(s) at the final stage of the grant challenge on October 19th at the Hilton Hotel, beginning at 2pm.

The challenge was issued to individuals and organizations who are developing innovative ideas that address and improve air quality issues facing our community. The final five ideas include: 

  1. Clean Air is Child’s Play: A Community School Ground Greening Project 
  2. Our Street London: People-based Street Design
  3. London’s Million Tree Challenge
  4. Share the Road: CAN-BIKE’s National Cycling Safety Training Program  
  5. Taking on the Right Step: A Composting Project

 The judging panel is comprised of environmental, community, business, and technology experts. Judges include:

Judith Rodger, Adjunct Professor in the Visual Arts Department at the University of Western Ontario (UWO). With a long career in arts administration, she is also an avid environmentalist. She received the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of  Canadian Confederation from the Government of Canada, and in 2011, the YMCA of Western Ontario chose her as the Woman of Excellence for Arts, Culture and Heritage.

Gordon McBean, Director of Policy Studies at the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, and Professor in the Departments of Geography and Political Science at UWO. Prior to his appointment to UWO in 2000, he was an Assistant Deputy Minister in Environment Canada. He has been appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada and Order of Ontario, and he shares the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize as an IPCC lead author and review editor.

Dave Simpson, a financier with a broad range of business experiences and a passion for Entrepreneurship. He’s financed and operated a diverse range of businesses. He’s also an MBA graduate from the Richard Ivey School of Business, and a co-founder of The New Enterprise Workshop, an initiative to support fledging entrepreneurs.

Chris Smart has worked in water and landscapes for 40 years, and at UWO for 25 years. He is especially interested in environmental monitoring with particular concerns for surface water and groundwater, and has been working with colleagues at UWO to focus their efforts on urban and rural environments.

London Community Foundation is pleased to support local endeavours that will help tackle air quality issues in London.  “Our 2010 Vital Signs report indicated that a healthy environment is essential to the vitality of our community, and the Clean Air Challenge aims to support community members and organizations who are making a difference in this area,” says Martha Powell, CEO of London Community Foundation.

The event is open to the public and admission is free of charge.

WHAT: 2011 Clean Air Challenge
WHEN: Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
WHERE: London Hilton Hotel, 300 King Street