Why You Should Care About Invasive Species

This is a cross post from the hard working folks at the Canadian Council on Invasive Species. “According to the World Conservation Union, invasive alien species are the second most significant threat to biodiversity, after habitat loss”. You most likely have read or seen this quote once before, in another, similar article, on a website, maybe even a newspaper. But what does it really mean? … Continue reading Why You Should Care About Invasive Species

Infrastructure Pop-Ups in Ottawa

This post is an excerpt from a larger article about infrastructure improvements in six Ottawa neighbourhoods written by the Healthy Transportation Coalition. You an read the original article in the Summer 2019 Insider. Since 2015, we (The Healthy Transportation Coalition) have been working with residents in six lower-income neighbourhoods to identify improvements needed to make them better places for pedestrians, cyclists and public transit riders. This … Continue reading Infrastructure Pop-Ups in Ottawa

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