EcoFest – Ecology Ottawa Annual Dinner Celebration

This year, our annual dinner is bigger and better than ever!

On October 12th 2017, at the Aberdeen Pavilion in Lansdowne Park, Ecology Ottawa will be celebrating our 10th anniversary by hosting EcoFest – Ottawa’s biggest gathering of the environmental community, and TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW FOR ONLY $35!

Come celebrate with us! Hear from inspiring speakers, enjoy vegetarian/vegan food from local restaurants, sip on beer from Ottawa’s finest craft breweries, watch live art installations, bid on exciting auction prizes, network with like-minded Ottawa residents and explore all the innovative green businesses, organizations and initiatives Ottawa has to offer.

Our keynote speaker will be Olivia Chow, previous Toronto councillor and mayoral candidate and current distinguished professor at Ryerson University on community organizing. We look forward to learning more about her experience serving Toronto’s municipal politics and her expertise in community engagement, and how to apply it to the Ottawa context.

EcoFest will be Ecology Ottawa’s largest event, but it is about so much more than our 10th anniversary. This evening is to celebrate you – Ottawa residents, organizations, community groups and businesses who care about clean water, thriving greenspace, great public transportation, and a prosperous clean energy economy that creates jobs and fights climate change. You have been working towards better neighbourhoods, a healthier city and a greener future. EcoFest is our chance to come together, celebrate our successes and demonstrate the scale, strength and diversity of the environmental movement in Ottawa.

Different from previous annual dinner, this year’s EcoFest is not a sit-down dinner. There will be food and drink booths serving a variety of vegetarian or vegan small plates, beer, wine and other drinks, all for $5. Your ticket includes 3 food/drink tokens, and more are available for purchase at the venue. Guests are welcome to mingle, check out the booths, get food or drinks, and come inside the speaker area to listen to the speeches throughout the evening.

Don’t miss Ottawa’s biggest gathering of the environmental community. Get your ticket today!

Tickets are $35, which includes tokens for food and drinks and gives you a free ride to and from the event on OC Transpo buses. Stay tuned for announcements on speakers, vendors, prizes, and all the fun we are cooking up at ecologyottawa.ca/eco-fest.

Zero waste groceries in Ottawa!

Ottawa’s first zero-waste grocery store opens in Hintonburg!

NU “sells a variety of products — dry food, fresh produce, cleaning and beauty supplies — without any packaging. Instead, people are encouraged to bring their own reusable containers or to borrow or purchase them from the store.” (CBC News)

Map: 1130 Wellington Street West, Ottawa, ON (just East of Parkdale)
Website: nugrocery.com

Women’s Marches on Every Continent


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Inspiring images of hope and sanity from around the world. We all need to be vigilant against bigotry — a peaceful and prosperous world for all.

View photos: Women’s Marches on Every Continent – The New York Times

About the Women’s March: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_Women%27s_March

Moving Towards Sustainable Energy – Symposium (Oct 20 – 21)

Symposium 2016 – Moving Towards Sustainable Energy
Thu Oct 20 to Fri Oct 21, 2016
Westin Hotel | Ottawa, ON

http://www.climateforum.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/CCF-RGB-400px.pngSymposium 2016 will bring together distinguished leaders and innovators to address critical sustainable energy issues: the future of the electricity grid, carbon pricing, energy storage, health implications, bioenergy, sustainable transportation, and ways to mobilize Canadians to embrace the greener and cleaner economy of tomorrow.
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Green Energy Doors Open 2016

GREEN ENERGY DOORS OPEN – FREE EVENT
September 9-10-11, 2016
100% Sustainable | 100% Achievable

Green Energy Doors Open (GEDO) is a province-wide FREE 3 day showcase of individual, community, and commercial sustainable energy projects. It is organized and spearheaded by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA). The initiative aims to showcase advancements in the sector, demonstrating that Ontario is already on the path to building a 100% clean and sustainable energy system.

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Sustainable Mobility Summit – the Future of Urban Transportation

2016 Sustainable Mobility SummitHP2016 Sustainable Mobility Summit : The Future of Urban Transportation
Oct 23 – 26, 2016
Ottawa-Gatineau

The Sustainable Mobility Summit is Canada’s only event that focuses exclusively on sustainable, multi-modal and integrated mobility. Sustainable mobility strategies can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, boost physical activity, improve air quality, reduce congestion and increase access to opportunity. We expect more than 200 delegates to attend our three-day event at the University of Ottawa, a venue chosen for its proud focus on youth and dedication to evidence-based decision-making.

ACT Canada is a national professional association dedicated to positively influencing sustainable travel choices by Canadians. We help governments, non-governmental organizations and private businesses implement sustainable mobility policies, programs, services and products that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, boost public health, fight traffic congestion and improve the quality of life.

For more information or to register: http://www.actcanada.com/summit2016

Event: Climate Change Policy – Friday Sept 16, 2016

The gravity of the climate change threat demands bold measures.  “The Leap Manifesto” is a sweeping and ambitious plan, but it also entangles climate policy with a host of other matters that are part of a larger ideological agenda. So it’s a profoundly divisive document at the very moment that we need to find common ground on climate change. Is there an alternative climate policy that would both unite us and make a real difference?”

Thomas Homer-Dixon, the Centre for International Governance Innovation Chair of Global Systems, Balsillie School, University of Waterloo will present the 2016 FPA Currents Lecture “Leap to Where? Elements of a Canadian climate policy that could be both feasible and enough.” as part of Carleton University’s Throwback celebrations. Mr. Homer-Dixon is a Carleton alumnus with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science…  (more)

Protecting Wild Bees: Workshop and Film

IMG_6259Protecting Wild Bees: Workshop and Film
Wed Jul 13, 2016, Ottawa, ON (and Sunday too)

Join Friends of the Earth Canada at Fletcher Wildlife Garden at 7-8PM on Wednesday, July 13th and 9-11AM on Sunday, July 17 to learn how to protect native and wild bees. Includes a showing of a new documentary film (A Ghost in the Making: Searching for the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee) and a tutorial on how to participate in the Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count. On Sunday, we will be going out into the garden to practice taking photos of and identifying bees. Everyone is welcome!  http://www.ofnc.ca/fletcher/

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/1btYHcY9S3J2

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Beyond CSR: Can Business be a Force for Good?

Business for good

by Mike Gifford, Guest Writer

Are you an entrepreneur who would like to run your business in a way that also benefits society and the environment? Or are you a consumer who would like to deal with some of the most ethical, sustainable firms? “B Corporations” may be what you’re seeking. There are now 155 “B Corps” in Canada, including 72 in Ontario.

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Leap Community Forum – Tues June 14th