Healthy Streets

This article is a key companion piece to the Spring 2020 Edition of the PEN Insider, produced in partnership with the Healthy Transportation Coalition. Please see the PEN Insider Centerfold (coming out April 1st) for a map explaining how and where these principles can be applied in Ottawa People have genuine concerns about what increased urban population density could mean to Ottawa’s street trees, and … Continue reading Healthy Streets

Solar-Powered Water Technology Supporting South Sudanese Farmers on the Frontlines of Climate Change

written by Katie Fettes photo Credit: Jean Luc Habimana, 2019 Africa is the continent most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, despite accounting for only 2-3 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. Up to 70 percent of the continent’s population depends on agriculture, with 95 percent of this production relying on rainfall. Increased water scarcity due to irregular rainfall patterns is bringing droughts … Continue reading Solar-Powered Water Technology Supporting South Sudanese Farmers on the Frontlines of Climate Change

Breaking the Mainstream Barrier to Discover Local Travel

This piece was written by PERC intern Johanna, who was featured in the Winter 2020 edition of the PEN, while staying with family in Guadeloupe. Guadeloupe is a tropical oasis located within the Caribbean Sea. It is shaped like a butterfly and attracts tourists for its tropical climate, beaches and culture. The primary industry is tourism: it is amazing to look around and see all … Continue reading Breaking the Mainstream Barrier to Discover Local Travel

Regenerative Agriculture at Walker Farms

by Johanna Mercedes Van Schie-Copol Photos were taken by Ellie from Walker Farms Prime agricultural Land, the essence of what attracted masses to today’s urban centers in the first place, is now lost to urban development, aggregate extraction, transportation corridors, and recreational land uses by thousands of acres each year within Ontario. This further translates to biodiversity loss, degraded soils, and dysfunctional ecosystems. Environmental sustainability … Continue reading Regenerative Agriculture at Walker Farms

JUMELAGE ECONOMIQUE DURABLE

Le lundi 21 octobre 2019 : première journée de discussions marketing, commerciales et industrielles pour les membres québécois du Jumelage Économique Durable, JED, avec leurs pairs de l’Ontario. Objectifs du parcours: mieux comprendre le marché régional et comment mieux répondre aux demandes croissantes des clients en quête de produits et services plus respectueux de leur santé et de celle de la planète. – A Plantagenêt, gîte O Genêt, conférence … Continue reading JUMELAGE ECONOMIQUE DURABLE

East Coast Connection for PERC

Who would have thought that an article entitled “Loving Our Local” (Winter 2019 Edition) would lead to a connection in St. John’s, Newfoundland! That’s exactly what happened when Kim Todd, a founder of the St. John’s social enterprise Guide to the Good, visited Ottawa and picked up a copy of the PEN. “We really loved the article,” Guide to the Good’s Publication Specialist Katherine Saunders … Continue reading East Coast Connection for PERC

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