Depaving Ottawa Schools

by EnviroCentre Although you won’t find the definition of “depaving” in the dictionary, several public schools here in Ottawa have been busy doing just that this spring. As the word suggests, depaving means removing pavement, especially in the form of asphalt and concrete, to restore it to a more natural state. And thanks to a program run by Green Communities Canada in collaboration with EnviroCentre … Continue reading Depaving Ottawa Schools

Event Recap: EnviroCentre’s Bike in Breakfast 2019

EnviroCentre’s Bike in Breakfast comes to Bank and Laurier by Jen Stelzer EnviroCentre hosted their 3rd annual Bike in Breakfast on May 7th . The event is a celebration of biking to work during Bike to Work Month. They work with several community partners to make the event such a great success. VeloFix is on site giving mini tune-ups, breakfast is generously donated by Eggspectations and extra coffee … Continue reading Event Recap: EnviroCentre’s Bike in Breakfast 2019

Bike to Work Month Off to Great Start

The 10th year of Bike to Work Month is off to a great start, and it’s bigger than ever! This year, EnviroCentre is giving away over $10,000 worth of prizes, hosting events and workshops throughout the month. This campaign encourages and celebrates people cycling to work throughout the month of May. Last year, there were over 4,000 participants and 250 workplace teams. Participation is free, fun and simple! Sign … Continue reading Bike to Work Month Off to Great Start

Happy Birthday Bike to Worth Month!

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!

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

Nature: How the Outdoors Impacts your Mind

by Seetal Dhaliwal I wrote this poem while I was on a trip in Banff National Park. The entire time, I was surrounded by trees, mountains and breathtaking views. I was blown away by nature’s beauty and how it gave me a sense of calmness. When I came back to Ottawa, I felt so relieved and ready to face any challenges. It’s interesting how one … Continue reading Nature: How the Outdoors Impacts your Mind

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