February 9, 2018: This Week In….

Celebrating Sustainability

Sustainable Eastern Ontario announced and awarded its first ever Sustainability Star Awards at their last networking session. The awards are designed to recognize members of the Eastern Ontario ENGO network who have contributed greatly to local sustainability. Special consideration is given to organizations that accomplish more than their small size would suggest, show leadership, and excel at collaboration. The recipients for the 2017 Sustainability Star award were Ecology Ottawa, Ottawa Riverkeeper, and Wintergreen Studios.

Sustainability Star award recipients for 2017 with their awards. Left to right: Velta Tomsons representing Ecology Ottawa, Monica Capovilla representing Wintergreen Studios, Larissa Holman representing Ottawa Riverkeeper, and Kathryn Norman from Sustainable Eastern Ontario (yes, wearing slippers).

The awards themselves were designed by members of the Sustainable Eastern Ontario board and handcrafted from local wood by a local artisan identified through Maker House. Recipients were also each awarded a gift certificate to business local and relevant to them.

Detail of the Sustainability Star award designed by the SEO Board and made locally.

Renewable Energy

The Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative is in the middle of its sixth share offering, and is holding extended office hours and information sessions for interested individuals to learn more. Become part of Ottawa’s renewable energy transition by investing in local solar power generation capacity, and get great returns at the same time. More info available here.

Local Food

Stittsville residents are advocating for the inclusion of permaculture installations such as food forests in all new municipal parks, as described in this guest post at Green Living Ottawa. These efforts currently focus on the proposed Blackstone Community Park in Stittsville. A public information session took place yesterday evening (Feb 8th) at which the current plans (which include some planting of fruit and nut trees and eventual community garden plots, but fall short of a full food forest) were presented – more on this as it becomes available.

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