Community Oxford
 

Community Oxford Committee

Co-Chairs: Randy Peltz and Kelly Gilson

Members: Ashley Farrar, Andrea Brown, Bill McKinnon, Chris Friesen, Rick Cox, Lynn Beath, Lisa Lanthier, Peter Crockett, Chloe Senior, Mary-Anne Murphy, Natalie Surridge, Sandra Talbot

 

Contact for more information:

Community Oxford Committee 
futureoxford@oxfordcounty.ca 
519-539-9800, ext. 3001

Community

 

 

Community Oxford is part of the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan, with goals to create community that is accessible, knowledgeable and creative.

To start, the Community Oxford Committee will be looking at objectives like ensuring quality health care, housing and healthy food are available to all citizens.


Economy

Economy Oxford will strive towards building a vibrant economy that supports and fosters community sustainability. The Economy Oxford Committee aims to cultivate entrepreneurship throughout Oxford by encouraging the production and consumption of locally produced food and products.

A key target of the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan is to achieve the highest percentage of sustainability related jobs in the province by 2020. This will be accomplished by developing an Oxford job strategy that stimulates the sustainable economy while creating an inventory of related jobs. The measures would include developing incentive programs to encourage green entrepreneurship and ecological farming.

Oxford's Chambers of Commerce are playing a key role in establishing the Economy Oxford Committee.

 

Renewable energy

Oxford’s renewable energy strategies balances our economic, community, and environmental interests. Oxford is already evolving as a hub for renewable energy innovation and we will seek further investment in this area. Ultimately, local generation by renewable also provides greater control over our local economy. Visit Smart Energy Oxford to learn more.

 

Full website for Economy Oxford is under development: please check back. For latest news and updates, follow Future Oxford on Facebook and Twitter. 

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Contact for more information

Economy Oxford Committee 
futureoxford@oxfordcounty.ca
519-539-9800, ext. 3001


Community Oxford

Contact for more information

Environment Oxford Committee 
futureoxford@oxfordcounty.ca 
519-539-9800, ext. 3001

Community

Environment Oxford is focused on the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan goals to be recognized as a world leader in environmental action.

Targets include:

  • 3.i.a. Protect and restore the ecosystem. This includes planting 10,000 trees a year through Reforest Oxford.
  • 3.i.b. Move away from fossil fuels and enhance low carbon transportation. This work is being advanced by Smart Energy Oxford, which is focused on achieving 100% renewable energy by 2050.
  • 3.i.c. Achieve zero waste in Oxford, work that is being led by Zero Waste Oxford.
  • 3.i.d. Ensure long-term protection of all source water.

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Full website for Environment Oxford is under development: please check back. For latest news and updates, follow Future Oxford on Facebook and Twitter. 


Economy

Reforest Oxford is committed to the annual goal of planting 10,000 trees in Oxford, over and above the number of new trees that would typically be planted each year. Reaching the goal will involve identifying funding sources for tree planting, working with land owners, conservation authorities and other partners at developing tree planting programs to enhance the natural environment in Oxford.

Reforest Oxford will also work to help promote tree planting groups and programs that are already established in the community. In addition to tree planting, Reforest Oxford will advocate for the enhancement of all natural areas such as woodlands, wetlands and grasslands.

Helping make a difference, one tree at a time.
Contact us to see how together, we can help enhance Oxford County for future generations.

Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan

The goal of planting 10,000 native species of trees per year is an objective of the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan (3.i.a). This goal also aims to restore and/or rehabilitate native species, grasslands, wetlands and natural features; increase tree cover in settlement areas; and increase overall tree cover.

Reforest Oxford meets on the second Friday of each month.


Full website for Reforest Oxford is under development: please check back. For latest news and updates, follow Future Oxford on Facebook and Twitter. 

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Reforest Oxford Committee

Chair: Phil Holst and Jay Abel

Members: Paul Gagnon, George Klosler, David Mayberry, Paul Michiels, Ron Sackrider, Chloé Senior, Cher Sprague, Dave Vermeeren

 

Contact for more information:

Reforest Oxford Committee
futureoxford@oxfordcounty.ca
519-539-9800, ext. 3001


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Zero Waste Oxford Committee

Zero Waste Oxford comprises a cross-section of community, business and government interest and expertise. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month.

Chair: Bryan Smith

Members: Bob Armstrong, Ted Comiskey, Suzanne Crelin, Peter Crockett, Mike Farlow, Rolan Lewis, Margaret Lupton, David Mayberry, Ian Pow, John Schram, Chloé Senior, Bryan Smith, Dr. Stephen Tait, Dave Vermeeren, Doug Yates

Contact for more information:

Zero Waste Oxford Committee 
futureoxford@oxfordcounty.ca
519-539-9800, ext. 3001

ZeroWaste

On September 9, 2015, Oxford County Council passed a motion to establish Oxford as a “zero waste” community. This means:

100% of Oxford generated and non-hazardous industrial, commercial, instituational and residential solid waste disposal needs are met by the Oxford of Oxford’s Waste Management Facility by 2025 while ensuring Oxford’s solid waste disposal capacity to the year 2100.

The work of achieving zero waste in Oxford is also one of the key goals of the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan (3.i.c.). Zero Waste Oxford is the committee that is leading the work on the targets and actions in the Plan that will allow us to achieve “zero waste.”

Role of Zero Waste Oxford

The role of the Zero Waste Oxford committee is to advocate, facilitate, support, monitor and report on Oxford’s achievement of the Zero Waste goal through the development of a plan to ensure Oxford has the disposal capacity it needs to meet all Oxford generated solid waste disposal demands through the year 2100.

The Zero Waste Oxford Plan will include strategies and actions to:

  1. Eliminate solid waste exports across all sectors in Oxford;
  2. Reduce Solid Waste generated across all sectors in Oxford;
  3. Achieve the highest diversion rates possible (re-use and recycling) across all sectors in Oxford;
  4. To process solid waste prior to final disposal at the County of Oxford’s Waste Management facility, as necessary to achieve at least a 90% reduction in final disposal volumes. Processing solid waste may include the use of appropriate technologies (E.g. resource and energy recovery) as necessary and appropriate to achieve substantive disposal volume reductions;
  5. To ensure Oxford has a Solid Waste Disposal plan to provide the disposal capacity necessary to meet all Oxford generated solid waste disposal demands through the year 2100;
  6. Identify and advocate for provincial waste management reform that will assist Oxford in achieving the Zero Waste goal.

 

Full website for Zero Waste Oxford is under development: please check back. For latest news and updates, follow Future Oxford on Facebook and Twitter. 


Future Oxford: A Community Sustainability Plan presents a vision, as well as supporting tools, for meeting the community’s needs today without compromising the future. It embraces the importance of managing human (community), natural (environmental) and financial (economic) resources through 70 actions arrived at through extensive community consultation. Community perspectives have painted a picture of Oxford that emphasizes accessibility, education and creativity, as well as a growing sustainable economy and a community that is a leader in environmental action. To learn more visit www.futureoxford.ca