Show your love for Ottawa this Valentine’s Day

[French] Ottawa is an amazing city; it’s a city well worth protecting and working to improve. We are blessed with gorgeous greenspaces, the beautiful Ottawa River, historic buildings, and vibrant communities. ...

ACTION ALERT: We need green infrastructure now

Ottawa’s climate is changing. Gradually, the weather is getting wetter, hotter and more severe. Our city is subject to more frequent intense weather events such as flooding, heat waves, severe ...

Meet Robb Barnes, Ecology Ottawa’s new Executive Director

Ecology Ottawa is excited to introduce our new Executive Director, Robb Barnes. When did you begin to call Ottawa home? I was born in Ottawa and raised in the west ...


Ecology Ottawa responds to Ontario’s Proposed Food and Organic Waste Framework

Ecology Ottawa joined organizations from across the province in submitting a joint ...

Who’s managing your nuclear waste?

The post below is from our friends at Concerned Citizens of Renfrew ...

How renewable is our city as we move into 2018?

2017 is now behind us, and what a year it was. In ...

Recent Posts

Throw it away? No way! Fix it at the Repair Café!

Need a fun, productive and environmentally friendly weekend activity? Well, look no further! Check out the Ottawa Tool Library’s Repair Café on February 24th from 9AM to 3PM at the Foster Farm Community Centre. Starting in Amsterdam in 2009, Repair Cafes have become a global movement, spreading far beyond The Netherlands to cities around the globe. Thanks […]

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Got range anxiety? Your workplace has you covered

Switching to an electric vehicle just got easier! As part of the Climate Change Action Plan, the Ontario provincial government just announced an incentive program to help install EV charging stations at workplace. The Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program offers employers up to 80% the cost of installing level 2 charging stations at your […]

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Ottawa’s Winter Cycling Survival Guide

In Ottawa, only 2.4% of commuters bike to work and when temperatures fall below 0°C most people turn in their bike for a car or transit pass. Cycling to work may offer many advantages to cars and public transit- a morning workout, no traffic and zero carbon emissions- but is continuing to cycle in the […]

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Catherine, David and Tobi talk climate change and cities – A panel discussion

– What’s next for federal action on climate change, and what does this mean for cities like Ottawa? – What will a more climate-friendly Ottawa look like, and how will we get there? – What kinds of innovative climate solutions are other cities and countries bringing to the table, and what can we learn from […]

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Status update: federal progress on climate change

Since the 2015 federal election, the Government of Canada has put renewed focus on the climate change file. As a result of initiatives such as the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, as well as legislative reviews and ongoing international commitments, the federal government is positioned to deliver progress on a range of […]

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Rebates for insulation and windows from Green Ontario Fund

Has that draft by the window been bothering you every winter? Time to finally address it once and for all, with help from the Ontario Green Fund’s rebates on insulation and high-performing windows! Upgrading your insulation is the most cost-effective way to cut energy costs in your home. As much as 25% of your energy bill is spent […]

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More ways to save energy and fight climate change

As the Ottawa’s chilly winter continues, does the heating bill burn an increasing hole in your family’s wallet? You’re not alone: the planet is also suffering from energy loss as Canadians try to shield their home from the elements. In fact, the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions comes from heating and cooling your homes, […]

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What’s the state of our living city as we move into 2018?

Where did 2017 go? We have been looking forward to (and organizing around) Canada’s 150th for so long, it’s hard to believe it’s almost over. With a brand new year on the horizon, it seems an appropriate time to update you on what Ecology Ottawa’s Living City campaign – our work on trees, water and […]

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You’ll never believe what happened at City Hall today

Today was the big day – the City of Ottawa’s final 2018 budget was presented to council. It’s the last one before the election next fall, and a lot was riding on it. We were watching closely for commitments on climate change, sustainable transportation, and protection of the trees, water and greenspace that make up our […]

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Joint Letter to Mayor Watson – Coalition of groups hand-deliver final plea to Mayor for urgent climate funding in 2018 City of Ottawa Budget

Below is the public letter from nine community groups, businesses and organizations calling on the Mayor’s financial commitment to climate change action in the 2018 Budget. A pdf version of the letter can also be found here. Office of Mayor Jim Watson 110 Laurier Ave. West Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1 December 12, 2017 Dear Mayor […]

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