(In the photo, Mayor Joanne Vanderheyden accepts the 2017 Conservation Award on behalf of the Municipality, flanked by Steve Arnold, left, SDRCA chair, and Andy Bruziewicz, right, SCRCA vice-chair.)
The Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc is a recipient of a conservation award for 2017 handed out by the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority (SCRCA).
The award was presented by the SCRCA on February 16 at its annual meeting in Alvinston. Mayor Joanne Vanderheyden accepted on behalf of the municipality.
Strathroy-Caradoc was recognized by the Conservation Authority for its ongoing commitment to green energy through its efforts to reduce energy consumption and to create new green energy sources through the use of solar panel systems.
The municipality has initiated an ambitious program to reduce local energy consumption. It recently completed the installation of rooftop solar panel systems on 13 municipal facilities. It has also converted all its street lights (over 1,800 in total) to LED technology, resulting in an energy consumption saving of 50%. Energy-efficient upgrades to lighting fixtures and the installation of automated control systems at local facilities such as the Gemini Sportsplex will also reduce annual energy usage.
In addition to its energy reduction efforts, the municipality, in partnership with the Conservation Authority, St. Clair Region Conservation Foundation, and the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, has planted trees along road allowances and in parks with the participation of local school students. This program has been active for many years and has truly been a community effort.
The SCRCA annually recognizes community members and groups at which have contributed to the environmental health of the St. Clair region. This year, the award received by Strathroy-Caradoc was one of three presented by the Authority. The other two went to the Municipality of Brooke-Alvinston for a major tree-planting initiative, and to Brandon Jordan, a volunteer with the Authority whose work has focused on the conservation and monitoring of the Eastern Foxsnake, a local Species at Risk currently listed as “Endangered”.