This article was featured on the cover of the Fall 2019 edition of the PEN. It was written by PERC and OCF together. How can Ottawa be the greenest capital city in the world? This is something the Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, has often talked about during her time in office. So it was fitting that she be the one … Continue reading Ottawa Named A Low Carbon Cities Canada Urban Innovation Centre
Cross-post from our friends at Citizens for Public Justice. The 2019 federal election presents a fresh opportunity for people across Canada to shape the kind of country we want to be. As we prepare to cast our votes, it’s essential we consider the collective interests of fellow citizens and non-citizens, as well as those beyond our nation’s borders. Coupled with the privilege of exercising our … Continue reading CPJ Cross Canada Election Tour: Ottawa
Plenty of news outlets have covered the gathering of 20 000 people on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill for Friday’s Climate Strike (#climatestrikecanada) with much more thoroughness than one volunteer blogger could hope to do, but here are some thoughts and musings on the day, and a couple next steps. Things I Noticed: Ottawa residents are pretty creative when it comes to making protest signs. A few … Continue reading Climate Strike: Thoughts & Next Steps
We’re hiring! We’re looking for a bilingual post-secondary student (or recent grad!) to fill a seven month position as a Clean Tech & Sustainability Coordinator! Main roles will be supporting the work of PERC and the PEN, as well as collaborations like the Ottawa Energy Collective Impact group we are a part of, and planning and implementing sustainability activities in both official languages throughout the … Continue reading Hiring: Bilingual Sustainability Coordinator
by Jen Seltzer, EnviroCentre EnviroCentre’s Bike to Work Month, a program that encourages people to try cycling to get to and from work, is celebrating it’s 10 th anniversary this year. Started in 2010 by Elyse McCann, director of community sustainability programs at EnviroCentre, this program has grown from a week long campaign with just over 500 participants to a month long celebration that saw more than … Continue reading Happy Birthday Bike to Worth Month!
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
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