New Solution for Businesses to Fight Climate Change

This post is based on a media release from EnviroCentre. Contact: Angela Plant, EnviroCentre. Tel: 613-894-0157, Email: Angela.Plant@envirocentre.ca New turn key solution for local businesses to fight climate change – CoEnergy and EnviroCentre join forces! CoEnergy is a newly launched co-operative, building on the success of the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op’s 8 years of community financed solar energy projects. CoEnergy is currently in the midst of its first … Continue reading New Solution for Businesses to Fight Climate Change

Errata and Miscellaneous Comments

We goofed! Every now and then, we make a mistake. We don’t ask for the right information, or don’t interpret it correctly when it’s given to us. We try our best, but with limited time and resources, sometimes human error wins out. We do, as always, welcome constructive feedback and corrections at pen-editor@perc.ca. The Winter 2019 issue of the PEN had a couple errors, which … Continue reading Errata and Miscellaneous Comments

Event Recap: Sustainable Fundraising with Ken Wyman

This full-day workshop at the RA Centre marked the ten year anniversary of the National Capital Environmental Non-profit Network (NCENN), which is currently a program of Sustainable Eastern Ontario. The Network started in the fall of 2008, with an original presentation by Ken Wyman, and has been holding regular networking and capacity building sessions to support local environmental groups. Ken Wyman is a professor at … Continue reading Event Recap: Sustainable Fundraising with Ken Wyman

How Local Businesses Communicate Sustainability

This event was organized by a group of Master’s students in Environmental Sustainability at the University of Ottawa, and hosted at Impact Hub Ottawa. The room was packed, with standing room only at the back, and there was obvious energy and excitement in thecrowd. The morning kicked off with panelists defining sustainability. Happily, there was general agreement that the UN based definition of “meeting our … Continue reading How Local Businesses Communicate Sustainability

Social Finance Design Lab: Newcomer Perspective

This post was written by Akil Mesiwala, who attended this event on September 18th, 2018. This event was part of the Ottawa Energy Collective Impact process which aims to reduce building-related GHG emissions in Ottawa by 80% below 2012 levels by 2050, and focused on opportunities and challenges around social finance options to make that happen! More info about this BIG project available here. Akil … Continue reading Social Finance Design Lab: Newcomer Perspective

Recommendations for Budget 2019 from GBC

Last week the Green Budget Coalition (GBC), which includes groups such as Sierra Club Canada Foundation, David Suzuki Foundation, CPAWS, Pembina Institute and WWF Canada, released it’s recommendations for the Canadian 2019 Federal Budget. GBC has been active since 1999 and releases recommendations based on rigorous analysis by experts from a number of groups for the federal budget every year. Their ideas are are inter-related and … Continue reading Recommendations for Budget 2019 from GBC

Reconciliation: Remembering Creator’s First Sacred Pipe

Reconciliation: Re-Membering Creator’s First Sacred Pipe – A Panel Discussion with Albert Dumont, Lynn Gehl, Randy Boswell and Lindsay Lambert. By Anne-Marie Hogue (This article was published in condensed form in the Fall 2018 edition of the PEN. It is reproduced here in its entirety.) At the heart of Ottawa, beside Parliament Hill lie the Chaudière Falls, a jewel of nature on the Ottawa River. Many … Continue reading Reconciliation: Remembering Creator’s First Sacred Pipe