Extreme heat early this summer has sparked one of the worst wildfire seasons on record. We’ve seen smoke cover cities, flooding, droughts and just heard from the IPCC that this is a “code red” moment when it comes to tackling the climate emergency. And, this is all happening with the specter of an election on the horizon. That’s why we’ve got a plan to bring climate action to the forefront of the Canadian political landscape but we can’t do it without you.
This weekend, the National Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is hosting their Big Backyard BioBlitz from July 29th to August 2nd. This event is all about finding wild plants, animals or insects outside—anywhere from your backyard to a hiking trail—taking pictures and helping identify their species on the free iNaturalist app.
Take a photo of a plant, animal, or insect
Upload the picture to the app
Log the location
Select a matching species from the app’s suggestions
iNaturalist generates suggestions using Artificial Intelligence (AI), matching your picture with similar-looking species. Experts will later review any submitted images and verify the species.
This form of data collection is known as “Citizen Science” and is extremely valuable because the public has more eyes and ears on the ground than our scientists do. Collectively, we can gather a massive dataset that helps scientists track native, invasive and at-risk populations all across Canada.
This event is for the whole family, so head outside this weekend, grab your phone and take some pictures!
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.
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!
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.
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.
On March 15th, more than 150,000 students were officially on strike across Québec, and young people across Canada marched in the streets, demanding action today to ensure we have future generations.
Young people have been going on strike every Friday the several months, young people have been waging creative protest to push politicians to take bold action and tackle the climate crisis head on.
On September 27, the planet is on strike. Not just students, but also workers, citizens. Because the climate crisis spares nobody, we must all be mobilized. Let’s make this date a historic moment. The one of true change.
Because it is high time we take matters into our own hands.
Join us at the Global Climate Strike to demand accountability and action regarding the climate crisis!
Friday September 27, 2019 — Lansdowne Park, Ottawa
We’re organizing a Ball with a twist to celebrate EnviroCentre’s 20th Anniversary, and jump-start Ottawa’s movement toward a low-carbon culture. And we’d love for you to join us.
What on earth is a Bicycle Ball?
Imagine a fancy party, low-carbon chic. Guests arrive by low-to-no carbon means: transit, biking, walking, wheeling, or even canoeing to the event. Snacks and drinks are low-carbon, plant-based, and everything is as low-waste as possible. Fun through a filter of sustainability. Because who says you can’t rock a fancy party in low-carbon style?
Time to roll up our sleeves and create some strategies to help Ottawa meet its climate targets!
Be a part of the funding strategy and strategic partnership forming process as we solidify the community led plan to help reduce emissions from buildings by 80% by 2050! This work will culminate in a variety of funding proposals to federal, provincial and municipal programs all aligned to the same vision – a Vibrant Ottawa Built Together! We need you as leaders of building and renovation companies, non-profits, progressive financiers, Invest Ottawa, The City of Ottawa planning and finance, to join us in this great work for the future!
We want to lower GHG emissions and kickstart the Green Retrofit Economy in Ottawa!
When: June 5th – 9:00-4:00 Where: Jean Pigot Place, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave
“Adults are jeopardizing our future. You say you love your children above all else, and yet you are stealing their future in front of their very eyes. Something big needs to happen. People need to realize our political leaders have failed us. And we need to take action into our own hands.” — Greta Thunberg
“Our house is on fire. I am here to say, our house is on fire. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is.” —Greta Thunberg
“What’s the point of going to school if I won’t have a future?” – Sophia