Food waste is something of a hot-button topic lately, and rightly so. According to the Ontario Waste Management Association, about $12 billion dollars of food per year is wasted in Ontario. A commonly seen figure is that about a third of food produced ends up being wasted – a shockingly high amount when you think about all the energy and resources that go into growing … Continue reading New Report: Strategy to Reduce Food Waste Globally
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
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
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
This post is a reprint of an article in the Spring 2018 PEN by former Environmental Studies practicum student Jordan Heer. In Nunavut, approximately 45% of households are food insecure. The other Canadian Territories share similar, shocking, statistics. Compare these to the national rate of food insecurity – 12%- and it becomes evident that there is a disconnect. What causes this great disparity and what … Continue reading Northern Food Insecurity Primer
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 … Continue reading February 9, 2018: This Week In….
Inspired by and developed with the Real Food Challenge in the United States, the ultimate goal of the Good Food Challenge is for the president of a university to sign the Good Food Campus Commitment. By signing the commitment, campuses commit to ensuring that, by 2025, at least 20% of their campus food will meet the standards established by the Good Food Calculator. To encourage university … Continue reading Good Food Challenge @ Carleton University