Our History

Encouraging London to adopt the Blue Bin recycling program was TREA’s first environmental campaign.

Milestones in TREA’s History


• November 1986 —founding meeting organized by James Madden, Tella Sametz-Madden, Henry Stam and Maria Stam at Hamilton Road Public Library.

• March 1987—current name adopted, incorporation completed later in 1989.

• October 1988 —Over 7,000 sign TREA petition to adopt a recycling program.

• TREA takes an active role in various Ontario Environment Network caucuses.

• June 1988 —Recycling Rally in Victoria Park attracts more than 1,200 citizens.

• TREA initiates working groups including waste, TREA TALK, social equity, transportation, treeplanting, land protection, education, pesticides, Green Directory, membership, outreach, global issues, governance, political action.

• November 1989 —London Council unanimously votes for curbside recycling.


• TREA encourages composting in London by facilitating its Master Composting training program engaging community trainers with community. In the early 1990’s, TREA sells nearly 2900 composter bins locally. (The City later sells recycling bins, in 2000s starts to sell compost bins, both continue to this day).

• TREA runs yearly Bike to Work Week (June) downtown, a week long program.

• July 1992 —TREA moves from Bishop Cronyn Church Hall downtown to its current office and meeting space in Grosvenor Lodge, a heritage building found at 1017 Western Road. TREA members join City advisory committees.

• 1992 —TREA takes on pesticides, water bottles, CFC’s, and global warming.

• 1992 —TREA and Mapmakers present London its first walking/biking print map.

• Since the 1990s, TREA volunteers have presented environmental topics to schools ranging from vermicomposting to global issues to energy conservation.

• TREA participates with planning of events including yearly spring cleanups with Clean and Green London, composting with London Composts, and earlier pesticide campaigns as part of the London Coalition Against Pesticides.


• 2001 —TREA supports the startup of a regional Active and Safe Routes to School program, followed by the spearheading of CAN-BIKE safety training.

• 2003-2004 — TREA delivers London’s first air quality agenda, “Do Your Share for Clean Air” with a baseline survey and promotion of 12 organizations involved with energy/air issues and federal initiatives, reaching 30,000 citizens.

• 2003 — TREA creates: a demonstration sites for food gardens, groundcovers, and composting, and delivers a number of compost programs and trainings.

• 2004 —TREA organizes a ‘Your Health and a Changing Climate’ conference with focus on curriculum, health impacts and community policy, with Western.

• 2004-2006—under the federal government’s One-Tonne Challenge banner (TREA reaches 25,000 citizens), with outreach and delivery of 14 projects with retailers, day cares, workplaces, youth groups, schools, and neighbourhoods.

• 2006, 2007 —TREA delivers a ‘Budding Opportunities’ forum with 40 green group representatives to discuss capacity building, networking and volunteers.

• 2007 —TREA partners with the Plastic Bag Project and Waste Free World programs including films, speakers, campaigns, helps with Farmers Food Map.

• 2008 —TREA starts delivering ‘Greening of the Festivals’ with the City and Home County to reduce waste and oversee volunteers/vendors to help with composting/recycling at downtown festivals. This work received several awards.


• TREA carries its agenda on composting, transportation and reduction of fossil fuels in the community including continued campaigns to reduce vehicle idling.

• 2010 —TREA signs on to help startups of the L.O.O.K. EcoFest, Transition Town London, and the InMotion Challenge (still run by the City and MLHU).

• 2011 —TREA supports a clothesline campaign, and a solar water thermal site.

• 2011 —TREA shares a member’s 100 mile diet experience, facilitates local food workshops, supports retailers on local and organic, sells fruit/veggie bags.2011-2012 —Attends City neighbourhoods, Civic Engagement TF meetings.

• 2011-2013 — Runs numerous workshops on renewables, conservation, district energy, energy efficiency, green roofs, lighting, zero footprint homes, gardens.

• 2012 —TREA helps with the City’s endorsement of a Physical Activity Charter policy, as a member of MLHU’s Healthy Communities Partnership policy team.

• 2012 —TREA spearheads an online consumerism curriculum with schools.

• 2013 —TREA helps LondonSoup micro funders to support local food projects.

• 2014-2016 —TREA spearheads a number of new projects including a series of composting videos and workshops, sells composters and rain barrels, trials a workplace waste audit, and updates TREA’s compost demonstration site.

• 2017 —TREA revisits the Green Directory, and investigates homesteading.