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?

Planting Trees, Restoring Waterfronts

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

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