Community Consultation for the Westminster Ponds Centre

Currently seeking proposals: Community Consultation Process for the Westminster Ponds Centre. 

Project Overview: The Westminster Ponds Centre (WPC) for Environment and Sustainability will be London’s first and only community-based environmental centre, aimed at promoting personal and community-wide behaviour change that leads to more environmentally sustainable lifestyles, neighbourhoods and cities. The WPC is envisioned as a hub for environmental and nature-based programming in our community and will be a catalyst for environmental change in London. The Centre, located next to the Westminster Ponds Environmentally Significant Area, is owned and managed by ReForest London.

As part of our development of the Centre, ReForest London will carry out a community consultation process through which we will engage with a wide range of stakeholder groups, including local environmental non-profit and unincorporated groups, First Nations, veterans, several City of London divisions, Conservation Authorities, school boards and other educational institutions, other sections of government, current and prospective tenants at the Centre, neighbourhood organizations from the local area, and other organizations or individuals who may have a mission link to sustainability.   

Engagement with our community and stakeholder groups will help determine our strategic project priorities, but we also aim for the process itself to help to build collaboration and strong relationships as a foundation for future projects. Our goal is to bring people together around key issues of sustainability, environment, and wellbeing, and through professional community consultation and discovery, we hope to better understand:

- What local stakeholders think London needs most in order to improve our sustainability,
- Our community’s hopes specifically for the WPC, and
- How WPC might fill the needs / gaps / wishes identified by our stakeholders.

We also wish to identify specific approaches or tactics of how the Centre (and its programs and activities) can become a driver of change. The ideas and opportunities for programs, collaborations and initiatives that emerge through this consultation process will guide the development of the Centre.

The purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to solicit proposals from individuals or organizations who wish to lead our consultation process.  Submissions are due January 29th, 2021. 

Click here to visit our website to download the full proposal package

Visit westminsterpondscentre.ca to learn more about the WPC.

If you have any questions about the proposal process, please email Brianne Curry at brianne@reforestlondon.ca 

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