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Our Approach

What we will do

Inspired by the lead provided by the small village of Ashton Hayes in England – a village that is aiming to become the first in England to go carbon neutral – we believe that a grass roots approach is the only way to jump start the world into action. After all, if Ashton Hayes can do it…so can we.

We will measure how much carbon Eden Mills produces.
We will reduce our carbon emissions by:

  • Using less fossil fuel

  • Replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy where possible.

  • Increasing our carbon absorption (sequestration).

How we will do it

We will educate

  • We will seek out the best information on becoming carbon neutral and share that with our community.
  • We will work with the local and area schools to create materials that can be part of the school curriculum.
  • We will harness the resources and knowledge of local colleges and universities to assist us in achieving our goal.

We will communicate

  • We will establish a program of communicating our initiatives and results to our community on a regular basis.
  • We will share our results with local, regional and national media.
  • We will post our initiatives and achievements on our website.

We will involve the entire community

  • We will enlist the support of everyone in our community. We will create programs to involve entire families in the pursuit of our goal.
  • We will be inclusive in our search for good ideas.
  • We will keep the school children involved.

We will measure our results

  • We will begin by generating a carbon ‘footprint’ for the village. This will be our baseline for measuring our advancement towards our goal.

We will have fun

  • We will have frequent community gatherings to share information.
  • We will create an environment that is fun and informative.


A project of the Eden Mills Millpond Conservation Association Inc.

The Eden Mills Going Carbon Neutral Project is supported in part by a grant from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s Community Go Green Fund.