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

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?

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

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

Charging Towards a Greener Future

This blog post summarizes some of the information gathered by Sustainable Eastern Ontario in their Energy Management Case Studies project. For more information on this, and other, projects featured, click here. Electric vehicles are exciting, especially if you’re a nerd like we are at PERC. Despite the cool factor, one of the limits many people run into when considering purchasing an electric vehicles (EV) is … Continue reading Charging Towards a Greener Future