East Coast Connection for PERC

Who would have thought that an article entitled “Loving Our Local” (Winter 2019 Edition) would lead to a connection in St. John’s, Newfoundland! That’s exactly what happened when Kim Todd, a founder of the St. John’s social enterprise Guide to the Good, visited Ottawa and picked up a copy of the PEN. “We really loved the article,” Guide to the Good’s Publication Specialist Katherine Saunders … Continue reading East Coast Connection for PERC

Climate Emergency Rally: City Hall April 16th

This post was adapted from excerpts from Ecology Ottawa promotional materials. For more information on this climate rally, including background and other ways to support Ecology Ottawa’s work, click here. Ecology Ottawa has been pushing for a climate emergency declaration at the City of Ottawa, and they need your help. On April 16, a motion by Councillor Shawn Menard is coming before the Environment Committee … Continue reading Climate Emergency Rally: City Hall April 16th

Accelerating to Zero

Canada’s built environment is a significant contributor to GHG emissions, with 17% of GHGs coming from residential, commercial and institutional buildings. The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) issued a report on Wednesday Feb 20, coinciding with their Accelerating to Zero Summit, that is the first of its kind in Canada. Entitled “Making The Case For Building To Zero Carbon,” it confirms that Zero Carbon Buildings are financially … Continue reading Accelerating to Zero

Climate Action Week 2019 Kicks Off @ Green Drinks

Green Drinks Ottawa has been meeting regularly at he Fox & Feather Pub on Elgin St for several years. The group started with only five members, but nearly ten times that many came out for the launch of Climate Action Week 2019 on Valentine’s evening. Not only did these folks take time out of their Valentine’s Day plans to learn about what the City of … Continue reading Climate Action Week 2019 Kicks Off @ Green Drinks

Organic Craft Brewing: The Right Thing, For the Right Reasons

By Steve Beauchesne, CEO and co-founder, Beau’s Brewing Co. This piece was composed for the PEN on the request of  a community partner, TJ Turenne, Deputy Director at Maison Tucker House. It was intended to go in the Winter 2019 Edition of the PEN, but was cut due to space constraints. We decided to make sustainability a core value at Beau’s from the get-go. Our … Continue reading Organic Craft Brewing: The Right Thing, For the Right Reasons

Business As A Force For Good?

This article was submitted to the Winter 2019 edition of the PEN, but there wasn’t enough room for it! We’ve published it here, and it will be appearing in the Spring 2019 edition as well. Thanks to Mike Gifford of OpenConcept Consulting for preparing the piece. Imagine that business was motivated by more than just profit? Yes, it takes a bit of effort to shake … Continue reading Business As A Force For Good?

Planting Trees, Restoring Waterfronts

This is a guest post from the Muskrat Watershed Council. Text by Meagan Rae. Photos courtesy of Muskrat Watershed Council. With the coming of 2019, the Muskrat Watershed Council (MWC) (Profiled in the Winter 2018 edition of the PEN!)is looking back and reflecting on last year’s projects – including the Natural Edge Project. In Spring 2018, Watersheds Canada partnered with the MWC and Algonquin College’s … Continue reading Planting Trees, Restoring Waterfronts