“Residents of nine condos in Leslieville’s Carlaw-Dundas area are coming together to look at how they can reduce waste, increase energy efficiency, and make more low-carbon transportation choices.
The new initiative, called TransformCarlaw, is spearheaded by area residents Ravi Joshi, Megan Meaney and Kaitlin Lane, who all live in The Carlaw at 345 Carlaw Ave./1190 Dundas St. E.
It is essentially an expansion of a discussion the Leslieville residents’ condo board held back in 2016 about how to make their building more energy efficient.
During a recent interview, Joshi, Meaney, and Lane said they felt the things they were talking about doing at The Carlaw could easily be applied to other nearby condos and decided to think bigger.
One idea that made sense to explore further is the possibility of installing electric vehicle charging stations in the area. Late last year, the trio met with Ward 30 Coun. Paula Fletcher to get some advice about the idea as well as their community-led response to climate change in the Carlaw-Dundas area.
The trio have been in communication with the South Riverdale Community Health Centre and the City of Toronto’s energy and environment office, who are both supportive of the charging stations project.
On Tuesday, March 20, condo dwellers near Dundas Street East and Carlaw Avenue are invited to attend a TransformCarlaw kickoff strategy session at Queen Street East Presbyterian Church, 947 Queen St. E. at Carlaw Avenue. The gathering will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A social will follow afterwards at Dundas & Carlaw, 1173 Dundas St. E.
“The idea is get a handle on people’s priorities and go from there, set up committees and use everyone’s skills to the benefit of the group,” Joshi said, adding TransformCarlaw is also about community development and giving neighbours more opportunities to make connections.
“It’s a chance for local condo owners to have a stake, ownership in their neighbourhood. It’s a way for people to get involved.”
Community members, including those unable to attend the meeting, are invited to have their say on the TransformCarlaw initiative by filling out a survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VBH3HZ2.
TransformCarlaw’s co-founders said the timing is right to launch the movement as Toronto moves forward on its new TransformTO climate change plan. They said it also makes sense to launch the initiative as the Carlaw-Dundas area is in the midst of several public realm improvement projects.”
Visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/transformcarlaw/ for more information.
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