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Environmentalist in Residence

Environmentalist in Residence at the London Public Library

The London Public Library is excited to welcome our second Environmentalist in Residence, Dr. Andrea Boyer!

During the month of April, Dr. Andrea Boyer will offer practical online sessions and answer your online questions.
The Hueston Family Foundation, a registered Canadian charity focusing on animal welfare and environmental issues, is pleased to support London Public Library's Environmentalist in Residence initiative and environmental events with the Library in April.
The program is offered in partnership with City of London.
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Dr. Andrea Boyer holds a PhD in Biology with a specialization in Environmental & Sustainability and is an Assistant Professor and researcher at Western University and Fanshawe College. She has contributed her expertise for five years with the Environmental and Ecological Planning Advisory Committee that provides technical advice to the City of London on environmentally significant projects. She volunteers with BirdSafe UWO and Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup events.

Do you have a question for Andrea?

Do you have a question about environmental issues or steps you can take to sustainability? Starting April 1st, share your question with our Environmentalist in Residence, Dr. Andrea Boyer, using the form below. We'll share information from Andrea and City of London experts every week, to answer your questions, here on our website during the month of April. We'll do our best to address as many questions as possible!

Take a look through some of the questions that have already been answered. Click on the question text to reveal the answer.

Great question! I find the Weather Network often has some great clips to share about current environmental topics. Light pollution from cities is definitely a factor that contributes to affecting the migratory route of certain species. The reason for this is because many birds migrate at night and use celestial cues (i.e., the moon and stars) to guide their migration. Bright lights can distract birds and lead them off course. Encouraging residents in upper floors of buildings in city cores to close their blinds or turn off their lights during peak migration times would be a great first step to the light pollution issue. When we have enough people committed to changing behaviour, that’s when we start to see effective results! Our next positive step forward (which you would have seen in the Green Standards for Light Pollution & Bird-Friendly Development document) is to encourage businesses in city cores to also follow suit. I am happy to see you’ve come across the Green Standards guideline document – I was a primary contributor working on it! A big portion of light pollution comes from high-rise buildings where businesses keep lights on at all times for security reasons. Switching to motion sensor lighting, or simply turning lights off during peak migration months, is a great alternative.

Events and Programs

Meet our Environmentalist in Residence, Dr Andrea Boyer

April 1: 7 - 8PM

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Being a Bird Friendly Community: A Workshop with our Environmentalist in Residence

April 6: 7 - 8PM

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Great Lakes Region Climate Change: What to expect to be Climate Ready - A Conversation with Paul Gross, NBC Detroit

April 15: 12 - 1PM

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Healthy Shorelines and Riverbanks

April 24: 2 - 3PM

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London's Environmentally Significant Areas

April 28: 7 - 8PM

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Make sure to get outside and join our ESA challenge!

Whenever you visit one of London's Environmentally Significant Areas in April, post your picture to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #LdnESA and you'll have a chance to win a rain barrel, composter or $50 in Harvest Bucks, which can be spent at local farmer's markets.

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Past Environmentalists

gabor standing in front of a house

Gabor Sass

Gabor is a recognized scientist, consultant, university instructor, writer and community builder who has lived in London with his wife for 19 years. He has worked as an environmental consultant for clients in industry, non-governmental organizations and different levels of government and as an advisor on environmental and planning advisory committees for the City of London. Gabor's community building includes leading initiatives like the Food Forests in Wood Street Park and West Lion's Park and the Pollinator Pathways Project, neighbourhood projects that have introduced residents to urban agricultural practices and current environmental concerns. Gabor and his family work at implementing sustainable practices into their lifestyle wherever they can.