February 9, 2018: This Week In….

Celebrating Sustainability Sustainable Eastern Ontario announced and awarded its first ever Sustainability Star Awards at their last networking session. The awards are designed to recognize members of the Eastern Ontario ENGO network who have contributed greatly to local sustainability. Special consideration is given to organizations that accomplish more than their small size would suggest, show leadership, and excel at collaboration. The recipients for the 2017 … Continue reading February 9, 2018: This Week In….

Dec 15: This Week In….

Renewable Energy The City of Ottawa voted on it’s 2018 budget on Wednesday, Dec 13. One of the items in the budget was $500 000 for the Energy Evolution project, which was passed. Many environmental groups were advocating for additional funding for this project, notably Ecology Ottawa, who expressed disappointment that despite finding an extra $10 million in the budget just before approval, the City … Continue reading Dec 15: This Week In….

Cross Post: Embracing Winter Scandinavian Style, by Wild.Here.

(This is a cross-post sampling of a complete article on the blog Wild.Here. Photos from Wild. Here.) The Scandinavian Approach to Embracing the Outdoors – by Katherine Forster Cooler weather and even winter seem to be embraced with open arms by many Scandinavians. There are certain Scandinavian approaches that have been talked about for decades, that seem to provide an easier transition to winter and … Continue reading Cross Post: Embracing Winter Scandinavian Style, by Wild.Here.

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Volunteering December 5th was International Volunteer Day! As a volunteer-based organization ourselves, we’re happy to celebrate along with those who won Canada’s Volunteer Awards, as announced on Monday by Employment and Social Development Canada. Ottawa’s own Parkdale Food Centre won in the Social Innovator Category for Ontario (this category recognizes non-profits rather an individuals). Congratulations, folks! Read more about it, including a list of all … Continue reading This Week In…..

Miniature shopping cart filled with holiday ornaments.

The Obligatory “Greening the Holidays” Post

It’s that time of year again – you can’t set foot in a shopping centre without hearing cheery Christmas music. Whether you think this is a good thing or a bad thing is a personal matter, but as an ex-retail employee, I find it acts as extra motivation not to go shopping in the first place. If you’re the sort of person to be following … Continue reading The Obligatory “Greening the Holidays” Post

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Invasive Species Management Lanark County decides to support continued action against “Canada’s Worst Invasive Plant“, Phragmites australis. This tall grass spreads rapidly, forms dense monocultures, reduces biodiversity and is a serious threat to many ecosystems. Read more here. Climate Change COP 23 wrapped up in Bonn, Germany on Saturday (the conference was organized by Fiji, but hosted by Germany for practical reasons). There was strong interest … Continue reading This Week In…..

Nov 17, 2017: This Week In….

Happy Friday, and welcome to what we hope will become a semi-regular feature here on the PERC blog. This Week In…. aims to bring attention to important and interesting stories from the Ottawa area and around the world. The focus will be on stories you might not encounter in the mainstream media, and will be a mix of local and international news with the usual PERC … Continue reading Nov 17, 2017: This Week In….