The 2024 Kingston Community Climate Action Fund (KCCAF) project has been selected by Kingston City Council. The recipient, All Our Relations Land Trust, is set to lead a project aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions through the installation of solar panels and a new rainwater collection structure.
Now entering its fourth year, the KCCAF raises awareness and support for community climate action projects, according to a release from the City of Kingston.
“It’s been so great seeing incredible projects made a reality through the Kingston Community Climate Action Fund,” said Mayor Bryan Paterson. “This fund is a great example of working together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and with the support of the community and the generosity of the Kingston Community Credit Union, we can make another climate action project possible!”
According to the release, this year’s featured project, situated on a 2.86-acre pasture on Highway 15 in Kingston, will provide essential power and water resources, supporting the Indigenous Food Sovereignty Garden, medicine gardens, a pollinator garden, and little forests. All of these initiatives are carefully stewarded by All Our Relations Land Trust, in collaboration with members of the urban Indigenous community, allies, and partner organizations, including Little Forests Kingston.
“Your support allows us to honour all our relations by restoring forests and habitats in urban spaces,” explained Dr. Kaitlyn Patterson of All Our Relations Land Trust. “The work begins with an understanding that the ecological web of life is also a web of Kin. Land stewardship is done by all ages, in many ways and with love. Chi miigwetch for your support.”
The project site is located on the traditional lands of the Huron Wendat, Anishinaabe, and Haudenosaunee peoples, now known as Kingston, Ontario. According to the City, All Our Relations Land Trust recognizes the Land as Kin — a beloved relation — and will continue to practice good governance, build knowledge, and care for the land in a good way.
“The Climate Action Fund is rooted in collective climate action, bringing us all together to build a better future. This incredible project not only supports vital climate action but also nurtures our connections to the land. Your support enables us to honour our connections through an actionable project that will lead to a more sustainable future,” added Julie Salter-Keane, Manager of Climate Leadership at the City.
Thanks to generous community support during the 2022-23 fundraising year, more than $57,000 was raised to support Frontenac Club Day Care’s energy retrofit project and Sustainable Kingston’s electric vehicle, the City shared. These projects also received generous support from James Braden Auto Group, the official EV partner of KCCAF, and Tozer Heating and Air, the HVAC partner.
The City provided the following details on how to donate:
- Donations to the fund are accepted at all KCCU branches, with the KCCU committed to matching donations made through the bank up to $5,000.
- Donations are also being accepted online through CanadaHelps and the Kingston City Hall Payment Centre.
- 100 per cent of all funds raised go directly to the Kingston charity, All Our Relations Land Trust. Tax receipts will be distributed for donations of $20 and over.
According to the release, the 2024 Fundraising goal is $27,179 and will support the following project, according to the release:
In 2024, a licensed electrical contractor specializing in remote off-grid agricultural sites will install solar panels on a south-facing 300 sq foot shade structure roof and a 60 sq. foot shed roof. The roofs also double as a 3000-litre rainwater collection structure and will have the capacity to increase the volume of water storage.
The panels will provide power for:
- A solar-powered irrigation system that will draw from either stored rainwater or from an existing in-ground 100-foot well.
- Recharging stations for electric batteries.
- Lighting and other outdoor electric chargers and receptacles.
- The system will be 100 per cent grid connection ready.