March 2015 - In 2014 he KASSANDTRA TRUST supported the setup of the Rooftop Garden Project (under the Umbrella of Skeena Energy Solutions), because it nicely ties together community involvement, sustainability and local food production. The Skeena Bakery in New Hazelton installed a greenhouse on their roof just over two years ago, and the owner is keen to host a community food garden project with a social justice focus. The project has been a success in 2014 season, and with the data they collected and the experience gained, a complimentary Project has been proposed. The great amount of excess heat production of the greenhouse could be tied into a 'Solar Heat Recovery System', which will harvest the excess heat and store it in a super insulated storage tank to be used for adding heat back, when needed in the shoulder seasons. I am very keen on finding out how this system will perform in the future, as it could be a forerunner and example for similar energy saving solutions in the North!
A second Proposal peeked my interest as well; in addition to the Heat recovery it was suggested, to run a Pilot Project with a 'Water and Nutrient Recycling System' where drainage from the raised beds will be collected and re-used for irrigation, as well as an aquaponic 'Aqua Culture Trial' with fish raised in tanks while plants direcctly utilize the nutrient rich water. These concepts are still considered rather Utopian, but could be an amazing addition to Integrated Local Food production and build the foundation for local applications. This is another Project I am keen on looking at the results after it has run for a season or two!
April 2015: - The Kassandra Trust has dedicated $ 10,000 to support the Community Outreach Program of the BVRCB. These funds will be used to update electronic engagement platforms holding events to interface with the area residents.Those areas often fall through the cracks when it comes to funding considerations, but are the foundation for a successful operation in the public domaine.
June - 2015: - We are proud to provide an online link to this very informative Report, which was completed recently and provides important information and tools for the future of sustainable subdivision development.
August-2015 - The Grendel Group received a $ 20,000,-- donation for several applications. The main heating source for their building is a woodstove, which does make sense in terms of sustainability; wood is a renewable resource and under the right conditions it burns very cle. Especially in a downtown location as theirs, it is imperative to have woodstoves burning clean. One part of the funds will be used to buy an efficent catalytic Blaze King Woodstove. One aspect of food security (and bear safety) is to maximiize what is available. One approach is find ways to harvest and process unwanted fruits and vegetables around town. The Group has harvested apples from many trees in SMithers, and used part of the funding to purchase an apple grinder and apple press. Not only diod they produce a lot of amazing apple cider, but also turned it into a community event. This will now become a yearly feature and great examplle for other people. Last, but not least, funding will be applied to an Art Project abnd Fundraiser Gala.
Sep-21015: -- The plight of neglected, abused and homeless animals in the North is of a much higher per capita ration as in comparable communities in urban areas in the south, but the opportunities for funding are not reflecting that. NWAS plays a key role in helping to build a better future for domestic animals and in raising awareness for future prevention. Their work is vital for this area.
The NWAS is a volunteer run organisation that has done substantial work with very limited resources for many years. The Shelter Facility has been important in providing relief for animals in need, and to form an alliance with the Town of Smithers for impounded animals. It has been built through donations and volunteer work as the funds and time became available. It is a functional building, but the availability of water in the buildings was an issue, making the work of the volunteers much harder. The main issue was the absence of a septic system; so with a $ 13,000.-- funding of the Trust, hopefully this winter there will be full access to water/sewer services in the building.