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.
It’s no secret that 2015 was one of the hottest years on record and one of the world’s biggest contributors to our rapidly changing climate is Canada’s tar sands. It’s time for us to break free from fossil fuels. You and I both know that dangerous tar sands infrastructure, such as the proposed Energy East pipeline, will only lock us into the fossil fuel economy of the past, and make the shift to 100% renewables that much harder.
MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO OTTAWA – Day of Action
(French to follow)
The March will begin at Major’s Hill Park @ corner of Murray Street & Mackenzie Avenue, and end at Parliament Hill. Please meet @ 1:30pm; the March will begin @ 2:00pm. (https://goo.gl/maps/Vytz6A6ddBw)
Let’s unite and stand together for this global event! Come and support food safety and transparency. Bring your friends, your family and your pets. Wear red, or maybe dress up as a bumble bee or… a beet!
Join us in telling the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce that it’s not OK to host TransCanada on the eve of Earth Day!
When: Thursday, April 21st, 6:30 AM.
Where: Sheraton Ottawa Hotel (Albert Street)
April 21st is the eve of Earth Day.
As it turns out, however, the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce does not seem to understand its significance….
Join us! http://www.ecologyottawa.org/chamber_action
Sunday April 10 to Wednesday Apr 13, 2016, Ottawa, Ontario
Join us for the Canadian premieres of the award-winning documentary “Love Thy Nature” screening at Ottawa’s Mayfair Theatre on April 10, 11, and 13 at 6:30pm. Watch the 2-minute trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7yljPRMZJA
Show us what sustainability means to you…
In your home, your workplace and in your community!
Set your sights on the every day sustainable moments that inspire you!
Winning photos will be selected in three categories:
- Healthy, efficient homes
Show us how you improve everyday energy use in your home! It can be something like changing to LED lighting, using Energy Star appliances, or making grand scale green renovations.
- Connected, environmentally-aware businesses
Does your business have a green team? Are you turning computers off at night to save energy? Or providing incentives to staff to take transit or bike to work? Show us what you’ve done or are doing!
- Engaged, sustainable communities
What are you, your family, friends or community members doing to make your neighbourhood a better place to live? Are you using your bike to get around or building a community garden? Show us your sustainable community or what you’re doing to create one!
Contest opens on March 21, 2016 and closes at midnight ET on May 15, 2016. All photographic entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on May 15, 2016.
The grand prize winner will receive a $200 gift certificate of the photographer’s choice to either Henry’s Camera Store or Vistek.
For more details and to submit your photo:
Prevent Thousands of Bird Fatalities: Join the Call for Bird Friendly Guidelines in Ottawa: petition www.GoodWork.ca/900133
Looking for a business address or part-time office space for your non-profit or sustainability enterprise? The Sustainable Capacity Centre may be the place for you.
A collaborative space located on the second floor of the West End Well, the Sustainable Capacity Centre offers use of office space and a boardroom for meetings, an Ottawa-based business address, wifi and kitchen facilities in a cooperative environment designed to foster growth and collaboration within the environmental non-profit sector. Reasonable rates start as low as $25/month, with options to access the services of Greenbooks Accounting and Sustainable Eastern Ontario’s capacity check-up and eco-incubator programs.
Location: Hintonburg / near Somerset & Wellington West (convenient O-train & Bus routes)
For more information about the space, to book a viewing appointment or to find out more about the services available at the Sustainable Capacity Centre, contact Sustainable Eastern Ontario at 1-888-385-1154 or e-mail:
programs.seo at gmail.com