Hello fellow Transitioners,
I just wanted to direct your attention to a really great project in development at the Toronto Zoo, to make power from poo.
ZooShare is a non-profit renewable energy co-operative that will own and operate the 500 kW biogas plant, which will process 3,000 tonnes of animal manure and 12,000 tonnes of waste from a local grocery chain. The energy will be sold to the grid, the fertilizer we produce will be sold in stores under the Zoo Poo brand name, the heat and CO2 we produce will be fed into a future greenhouse and 10% of our annual earnings will go to support the Zoo.
The bulk of the money for the project will come from individuals like yourself who join the co-op and purchase one of our Community Bonds - which will be available for $500 (Zoo members) and $5000 (RRSP eligible).
As a non-profit, ZooShare is legally bound to re-invest annual surpluses in support of its mission - To be the catalyst for growth of community-owned biogas through education and investment. Through regular plant tours, biogas educational curriculum and loads of information about biogas and community power, we are going to educate kids of all ages on the joy of turning poo to power. Other community-owned biogas projects that sprout up around the province will also be able to rely on ZooShare for funding, allowing the co-op's positive reach to grow exponentially as it snowballs larger with each new project.
Right now we are participating in the Climate Spark Social Venture Challenge - a chance for the co-op to win $500,000!
To learn more about the project, check out ZooShare.ca or feel free to email me: daniel at zooshare dot ca