New Report: Strategy to Reduce Food Waste Globally

Food waste is something of a hot-button topic lately, and rightly so. According to the Ontario Waste Management Association, about $12 billion dollars of food per year is wasted in Ontario. A commonly seen figure is that about a third of food produced ends up being wasted – a shockingly high amount when you think about all the energy and resources that go into growing … Continue reading New Report: Strategy to Reduce Food Waste Globally

Hiring: Bilingual Sustainability Coordinator

We’re hiring! We’re looking for a bilingual post-secondary student (or recent grad!) to fill a seven month position as a Clean Tech & Sustainability Coordinator! Main roles will be supporting the work of PERC and the PEN, as well as collaborations like the Ottawa Energy Collective Impact group we are a part of, and planning and implementing sustainability activities in both official languages throughout the … Continue reading Hiring: Bilingual Sustainability Coordinator

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

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

Climate Action Week 2019 Kicks Off @ Green Drinks

Green Drinks Ottawa has been meeting regularly at he Fox & Feather Pub on Elgin St for several years. The group started with only five members, but nearly ten times that many came out for the launch of Climate Action Week 2019 on Valentine’s evening. Not only did these folks take time out of their Valentine’s Day plans to learn about what the City of … Continue reading Climate Action Week 2019 Kicks Off @ Green Drinks

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?