City of Ottawa Official Plan

This article is taken from the Spring 2020 edition of the PEN Insider, and was written by Paul Johanis from the Greenspace Alliance of Canada’s Capital. Read the whole PEN and Insider here. The City of Ottawa is currently reviewing its Official Plan. Under the Planning Act, every city in Ontario must have an Official Plan which conforms to the requirements of the Provincial Policy … Continue reading City of Ottawa Official Plan

Healthy Streets

This article is a key companion piece to the Spring 2020 Edition of the PEN Insider, produced in partnership with the Healthy Transportation Coalition. Please see the PEN Insider Centerfold (coming out April 1st) for a map explaining how and where these principles can be applied in Ottawa People have genuine concerns about what increased urban population density could mean to Ottawa’s street trees, and … Continue reading Healthy Streets

International Year of Plant Health: Road Salt Edition

The year 2020 has been declared the International Year of Plant Health ( IYPH) by the United Nations General Assembly. The objective is to reach a global audience and incentivize awareness and action towards supporting plant health to protect the environment, boost economic development, and reduce poverty. The primary message surrounding this movement is plant protection. Additionally, to bring attention to standardized activities and implement … Continue reading International Year of Plant Health: Road Salt Edition

The Strong Hands that Hold our Future

By Claus Anthonisen Saturday, Feb. 15—The youth gathered in the Horticultural Building, at Landsdowne, for the Generation Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Summit were both inspired and inspring as they celebrated the youth-led initiatives on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. There were also many, let’s say, more mature folks participating the summit including luminaries as diverse as Joel Harden, the MPP for Ottawa Centre, Solange … Continue reading The Strong Hands that Hold our Future

PERC AGM – May 12th

PERC AGM HAS MOVED TO A VIRTUAL PLATFORM. RSVP TO INFO@PERC.CA FOR DETAILS All members of the PERC community are invited to join the Board of Directors on Tuesday, May 12th, 2020, for our Annual General Meeting (AGM). If you’ve never attended one before, this is where we welcome in new Board members, say thank you and fare well to outgoing board members, and review … Continue reading PERC AGM – May 12th

Solar-Powered Water Technology Supporting South Sudanese Farmers on the Frontlines of Climate Change

written by Katie Fettes photo Credit: Jean Luc Habimana, 2019 Africa is the continent most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, despite accounting for only 2-3 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. Up to 70 percent of the continent’s population depends on agriculture, with 95 percent of this production relying on rainfall. Increased water scarcity due to irregular rainfall patterns is bringing droughts … Continue reading Solar-Powered Water Technology Supporting South Sudanese Farmers on the Frontlines of Climate Change

Bioenergy: An International View on An Alternative to Fossil Fuel

PERC intern Johanna was inspired to write this article while visiting the island of Guadaloupe in the French Carribean, and witnessing all of it’s sustainable energy infrastructure. In 1983, Hubert was sixteen years old and was pulled out of school to work full time on his family’s sugar cane plantation. Every morning he would wake up at 4 am along with his brothers and dad, … Continue reading Bioenergy: An International View on An Alternative to Fossil Fuel

Climate Anxiety & Ecological Grief

PERC supporters have probably heard the term “climate anxiety” before, and likely even experienced some themselves. Realizing that the world is likely going to be a very different place in the future than it was in the past, facing the loss of species we feel fond of, places we’re nostalgic about, or contemplating the climate-change related hardships faced by people around the globe isn’t fun, … Continue reading Climate Anxiety & Ecological Grief

International Women’s Day 2020

In honour of International Women’s Day 2020, here are few women leading great work here in the Ottawa area. Kristina Inrig Kristina is well known as a fundraising & financial management guru in the environmental nonprofit sector in Ottawa. She is the Executive Director of Sustainable Eastern Ontario and holds two degrees in philanthropy and non-profit management. She also serves in a volunteer role with … Continue reading International Women’s Day 2020

Functional and Architectural Solar Technology

Throughout high school and beyond, Roderick helped out at his dad’s small home building business. He would participate in the building process of between five and seven homes a year, where he learned skills in trades, contracting, and dealing with customers. Roderick then completed a University degree in Chemistry and subsequently  worked as a researcher in various disciplines. Later in life, he and his wife … Continue reading Functional and Architectural Solar Technology