Let’s Talk Green Economy

We all know that taking action on climate is necessary, but how can concerns about the environment fit into the logic of small and medium businesses here in Ottawa?

That’s what our free workshop series Let’s Talk Green Economy sets out to explain: green can work for your business. Let us show you how.

Find answers to questions like:  What is the Green Economy? How do I Save Energy? Can my Business be Green?  Can Green Grow My Market? Does my Impact Matter?

Let’s Talk Green Economy Workshops will be offered across Ottawa from January to March 2020. Free for Ottawa Businesses! Delivered in-person and online, at your business or at a public space. You choose what works best for you and your staff.

Contact us today to book a workshop at your place of business or to find out about upcoming public workshops.

https://www.envirocentre.ca/de-mystifying-the-green-economy-one-workshop-at-a-time/

Workshops included in the series

10 Steps to a Low Carbon Workplace

An interactive workshop that will provide you with practical tips on reducing your environmental impact in the workplace. Learn how to assess your current greenhouse gas impact and simple ways to reduce it. Register today!

Make Green Work for Your Business

The business landscape is changing, and getting ahead of those changes gives your workplace a competitive advantage! Get past the jargon, and discover how to make “green” work for your business. No matter what sector, services or products you’re providing, you can take action to reduce your footprint now. Register today!

Building Retrofits for SMEs: Where to Start (part 1)

An interactive workshop for Business Owners on energy savings in renovation and the meaning of Net Zero labelling. Register today!

Building Retrofits for SMEs: From Plan to Project (part 2)

An interactive workshop for Business Owners on how to add energy savings to your renovation plans and even reach Net Zero. Register today!

Workshops for Builders & Contractors

Retrofitting to Net Zero: Knowing the Landscape (part 1)

A workshop for Builders, Renovators and Contractors interested in learning about Net Zero Housing. You’ll leave with a clear understanding of what Net Zero means, what its benefits and costs are, and what Net Zero looks like in Ottawa today.  Register today!

Retrofitting to Net Zero: Getting it Right (part 2)

A workshop for Builders, Renovators and Contractors that will take a deeper dive into the building science behind Net Zero. You’ll leave with a clear understanding of the available training opportunities, green building certifications, and how to move from plan to action. Register today!

Eco-friendly gift ideas

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This year, will your Christmas be eco-friendly? With a little thought, it can be environmentally friendly — as well as more fun and rewarding for all. “Bake them a cake, write them a poem, give them a kiss, tell them a joke, but for god’s sake stop trashing the planet to tell someone you care. All it shows is that you don’t.” (George Monbiot) / Eco-friendly Christmas Gift Ideas

War, Peace and Remembrance

What you can do | Peace groups and organizations

war-no-more-10If we love our kids, the least we can do is give some serious thought to peace, greed and violence. It’s the biggest single issue affecting our future. Bigger even than climate change, which is likely to cause many wars, if we don’t act sensibly.

What does “Remembrance Day” mean to you? Is it still about remembering the horrors of war — preventing it from happening again? Or has it become the opposite, a celebration of military might, the ‘glory’ of war? If it’s not about “never again”, then what? Does it fan the flames of nationalism, militarism — the kind that starts wars, not ends them?

Continue reading “War, Peace and Remembrance”

Organic Farming & Gardening Ottawa

cog-ottawa-fall-reflectionsConcerned about the future of food in your community? Come on out to this year’s gathering of organic growers in Ottawa–St. Lawrence–Outaouais!

Sunday November 17 at 1pm, Hintonburg Community Centre.

Waking up to Climate Crisis, Climate Action

It’s finally happening, the world is waking up to the climate crisis. Oil companies are in court for lying, the truth is coming out about climate breakdown, and millions are standing up for truth and action. All this is thanks to you — everyday people who care about our future — and are doing everything we can. It is only with our eyes wide open, that we have the opportunity to rebuild our world.

tell-the-truth-2In the news:

markus-spiske-tyfI3RGqL7Y-unsplashWhat you can do:

  • Support groups and organizations working for climate action: Climate Action Network Canada | GoodWork. Join two or three that seem most important to you. Without you and me, they are nothing — our participation is crucial.
  • Live as sustainably as you can. Reduce your consumption, fly less or not at all, switch to renewables. It might sound difficult, but it will lead to a happier, healthier life. Top Ten Things You Can Do About Climate Change
  • Participate in nonviolent Climate Strikes. Strikes continue every Friday in thousands of locations worldwide. The next Global Strike is planned for Friday November 29. Join a strike or start your own: Fridaysforfuture.ca | FridaysforFuture.orgGoodWork.ca/Strike

Do meaningful work:

Because, without a stable climate and a healthy ecosystem, there is no economy, no future.

Environmental News

Eco Gala 2019

On Wednesday November 20th, at the Horticulture Building in Lansdowne Park, Ecology Ottawa will be celebrating our 13th Eco Gala  – Ottawa’s biggest gathering of the environmental community.

This year is going to be huge. Featuring speakers, food and drinks from local vendors, silent auctions, green activities, and organizations and businesses sharing their exciting environmental initiatives, Eco Gala is a must-attend event.

Celebrate with us! Save the date: Wednesday, November 20th at Lansdowne’s Hoticulture Building.

We’re looking for local businesses who want to tell the world about their green products and services – everything from breweries to bike shops to solar companies. This is the place! To explore sponsorship opportunities, click here.

This is an important event, and we won’t be able to do it without your help. Click here to join Ecology Ottawa’s volunteer team today. 

Join us for Eco Gala 2019

Youth Unstoppable

Youth Unstoppable — the rise of the Global Youth Climate Movement

Free screening
Thursday October 10, 7PM
at the Bytowne Cinema, Rideau St, Ottawa

www.bytowne.ca/movie/youth-unstoppable
www.youthunstoppable.com
www.greenscreenottawa.ca

Youth Unstoppable takes us inside the rise of the Global Youth Climate Movement. Canadian Slater Jewell-Kemker was 15 when she began documenting the untold stories of youth on the front lines of climate change activism, refusing to let their future slip away.

Over more than a decade, set against stunning visuals of a planet in crisis, this award-winning film follows the growth of a diverse network of youth, rising up to shape the world they will live in. Through the lens of Jewell-Kemker’s camera, we see the struggles, events, and firsthand effects on youth fighting to be heard, both at home and within the complex process of UN Climate Change negotiations.

From flood-ravaged villages in Nepal to luxury hotels in Cancún, from the tailings ponds of the Alberta Tar Sands to the riots of Copenhagen, culminating with the intense and defining events at the 21st UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, this urgent and timely documentary shows us a powerful vision for the future of our planet and the young people who will lead us there.

A joint presentation of The 30th One World Film Festival, Our Time, Green Screen Ottawa, and the Group of 78.

A panel discussion on Canadian responses to the climate crisis will follow the screening.