Organic Craft Brewing: The Right Thing, For the Right Reasons

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

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?

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

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

Doing Well While Doing Good

PERC was happy to send a handful of volunteers to a workshop with the Ottawa Eco-Talent Network last night, at the beautiful Commons room MediaStyle made available in the heart of downtown. It was a retrospective of what OETN was formed to do, how it has done those things, and a visioning of what the future of the group might look like. Successes were celebrated, delicious … Continue reading Doing Well While Doing Good