Promising Practices

Ecology Ottawa, on behalf of the Community Energy Network of Eastern Ontario, is engaged in province-wide research on emerging promising practices related to energy efficiency and renewable energy.

As we widely disseminate the information, it is hoped that Network members will learn about what other institutions across Ontario are doing to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy. Leaders at these institutions will be inspired and encouraged to adopt emerging promising practices themselves.

When the promising initiatives become more widely known and implemented, Eastern Ontario will become a leader in driving demand for the goods and services that create jobs in the clean energy economy.

If you know of a promising practice that you feel deserves some attention, please e-mail your ideas to trevor.hache [@] or phone (613) 860-5353.

A map of the Promising Practices we have written about so far is available here.

Please click on the links below to read all about these good news stories.


Blind River, Ontario


Toronto (Green Roofs Bylaw)

Toronto (Home Energy Loan Program)

Utilities/local distributors

(Coming soon)


Bob & Suzanne Gregory, Paul & Fritz Klaesi, and Mike Gerbis

Institutions (schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, etc)

University of Ottawa

The Ottawa Hospital

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Algonquin College

Employment and Education Centre (Brockville)


Windmill Developments to turn former industrial lands into eco-neighborhood

Courtyard Restaurant

Westin Ottawa

Bullfrog Power

Brookstreet Hotel

Terryland Farms Inc.

Vert Design (Passive House in Ottawa)


Non-profits (faith-based organizations, cooperative housing, etc)

Ottawa Bluesfest

Bethany Community Church

Ottawa Community Housing

Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation

Ottawa Folk Festival

Huron Early Learning Centre

Christ Church Cathedral Hill

Energy Cooperatives

Ottawa Renewable Energy Cooperative

Sustainable Ottawa

Toronto Renewable Energy Co-operative

Pukwis Energy Co-operative

Real Estate Developers / Building Owners / Property Managers

Towcon Holdings


British Columbia Investment Management Corporation / GWL Realty Advisors

Bentall Kennedy (World Exchange Plaza, Ottawa)

First Nations

Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation (see Pukwis Energy Co-op above)

M’Chigeeng First Nation

Grassroots Initiatives on Energy Efficiency

Neighbour-to-Neighbour Energy Conservation Project


Eastern Ontario Leads Province In Executed FIT Contracts