Ecology Ottawa is currently conducting the following campaigns:
Depave Paradise is back! Last year, we removed more than 100 square meters of asphalt from the Kitchissippi Church parking lot. This year, with the help of the community, we’re going to do the same for St. Anthony Catholic School.
Hard surfaces, such as driveways, parking lots, and buildings interrupt the natural water cycle by preventing rain water from soaking into the ground and creating heat sinks, warming up our cities. By removing pavement and replacing it with native plants, trees and shrubs we are increasing the infiltration rate, recharging our groundwater supply, and cooling our neighbourhoods.
- Learn more about Depave Paradise here.
Ecology Ottawa encouraged the City of Ottawa to pass a Complete Streets policy as part of the 2013 Official Plan and Transportation Master Plan. A Complete Street is designed for all ages, abilities, and modes of travel. On Complete Streets, safe and comfortable access for pedestrians, bicycles, transit users and the mobility-impaired is not an afterthought, but an integral planning feature. A Complete Streets policy ensures that transportation planners and engineers consistently design and operate the entire street network for all road users, not only motorists. Ecology Ottawa is helping communities organize around developing Complete Streets in their neighbourhoods.
- See all the posts on the Complete Streets campaign here.
- Sign the petition for a safer Sherbourne Rd. here.
3. Tree Ottawa
Our trees are under attack. The Emerald Ash Borer may kill a quarter of the trees in the City of Ottawa; old and significant trees are falling to developers; rooting in soil covered over with pavement is stressful for trees. Work with Ecology Ottawa to help protect, plant and promote trees in the City of Ottawa.
- See all the posts about Tree Ottawa here.
According to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities cities like Ottawa have jurisdiction over half of the greenhouse gasses released within their boundaries. Ecology Ottawa has been at the forefront of convincing city officials to take action on climate change.
- Tell us you care about this critical issue (we’ll keep you informed).
- See all the posts on the Climate Change campaign here.
TransCanada Corp hopes to build a massive $5 billion pipeline to transport 850,000 barrels a day of tar sands oil through the south end of the City of Ottawa and across the Rideau River. Tar sands oil is far more dangerous than the current pipeline use for natural gas. This plan creates huge new risks while providing no new benefits for the City of Ottawa.
- Sign the petition to stop a tar sands pipeline through Ottawa.
- See all the posts on the Tar Sands Pipeline campaign here.