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

How Ambulances Are Helping Reduce GHG Emissions: Ottawa’s Green Municipal Fleet Plan

Did you know the “municipal fleet” of vehicles is more than just those City of Ottawa trucks and vans you see around town? Garbage trucks, fire engines, buses, ambulances – these are all part of Ottawa’s municipal fleet, and they all represent opportunities for energy savings. Public transit could be subject of its own story – many of its own stories in fact (some in the … Continue reading How Ambulances Are Helping Reduce GHG Emissions: Ottawa’s Green Municipal Fleet Plan

Municipal News – June 2018

June 2015 City to shed light on LED conversion project  Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson will be joined by Transportation Committee Chair Keith Egli, Environment and Climate Protection Committee Chair David Chernushenko, Hydro Ottawa President and Chief Executive Officer Bryce Conrad, and Chief Energy and Infrastructure Services Officer for Envari, Adnan Khokhar, for an update on the City’s efforts to convert streetlights to light emitting diode … Continue reading Municipal News – June 2018

This Week In…..April 13, 2018

Sustainable Cities/Rainwater Management Depave paradise, a program of Green Communities Canada has received, $740,000 over 36 months from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to depave 36 sites across the province. Depave Paradise engages local volunteers to tear up unwanted pavement and replace it with gardens planted with native species. In addition to creating green space, depaving helps restore the urban water cycle and reduce runoff pollution. “This … Continue reading This Week In…..April 13, 2018

Putting Carbon Policy to the Test

New online tool allows anyone to forecast the effects of government action on emissions. Reprinted from The Pembina Institute. What would your climate policy look like if you were in charge? Canada’s Energy Policy Simulator  (EPS) is the first tool that allows anyone to see exactly how policy ideas affect total carbon and emissions output in the country. From carbon pricing to mass transit to building efficiency, … Continue reading Putting Carbon Policy to the Test

How to Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day takes place on April 22nd, so it’s a busy time for environmental groups like PERC. However, if you’re not in the environmental sector, it might seem like an odd date to commemorate. Isn’t it just a made-up holiday? Well, in some sense, all holidays are made up, so there’s no reason to be a snob about Earth Day. Even Christmas, with it’s tie-in … Continue reading How to Celebrate Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day & Sustainable Living at the 2018 Old Home Earth Day Event

By: Susanna Kam In celebration of Earth Day, the Glebe Community Association Environment Committee, in partnership with SmartNET Alliance, the Peace and Environment Resource Centre, Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op (OREC) and Bullfrog Power will be hosting its second Old HomeEarth Day Event (OHEDE) on Saturday April 21, 2018 at the Glebe Community Centre. This year’s event is aimed at providing participants with practical ideas on how they can … Continue reading Celebrate Earth Day & Sustainable Living at the 2018 Old Home Earth Day Event