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Ottawa Community: Links to organizations in the Ottawa area

  • Ottawa Renewable Energy Cooperative Inc. The Ottawa Renewable Energy Cooperative provides an opportunity for any resident of the City of Ottawa to jointly own and invest in renewable power generation projects in their community, while at the same time earning a reasonable return on this investment.
  • La Tierra Coop La Tierra Co-op in Gatineau (Québec) and Ottawa (Ontario) roasts and distributes coffee from our partner indigenous peasant cooperatives in the South. We assist them in developing and growing their coops under a 100% fair trade model only paying above fair trade prices for all of our coffee. We believe in being fair all the time!
  • Ecology Ottawa Ecology Ottawa is working to promote citizen participation in decisions that shape Ottawa’s environment and to hold city council accountable for its environmental performance. Ecology Ottawa is a volunteer organization that wants to make Ottawa the green capital of Canada and believes that Ottawans want sustainable communities and care about issues such as public transit, pollution, greenspace, global warming, renewable energy, waste disposal and recycling. They are working with residents, communities and local organizations across the city to ensure that these voices are heard at City Hall.
  • Fitzroy Beef Farmers Coop The Fitzroy Beef Farmers Co-operative was founded in 2005 in response to the United States border closure which prevented Canadian beef exports from entering that country. Our mission is to provide our members with a local market for their beef. The FBF’s fine products are sold directly to the public all over the Ottawa Valley.
  • Mountain Equipment Coop MEC is Canada’s leading supplier of outdoor clothing and equipment. Members can buy quality climbing, watersports, cycling, snowsports, hiking, and camping gear, including MEC tents and backpacks. Use services such as the Online Gear Swap. Learn about trips, clubs, and events in the outdoor community. Shop online, by mail order, or at MEC stores across Canada: Victoria, Vancouver, North Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec and Halifax.
  • Kanata Environmental Network KEN is a non-profit, non-partisan group of volunteers in the community of Kanata, Ontario. We educate Kanata residents about environmental issues and promote the adoption of sound environment practices and products. We focus on promoting sustainable lifestyles that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our homes and cars; promoting the use of ecologically sensitive gardening techniques on Kanata lawns, trees, and gardens.
  • Arbour Environmental Shop Arbour, an Eco Shop, established in 1990, is a purveyor of quality environmental products for your Home, Body and Spirit. We offer you a diverse selection of popular green products such as Organic Bedding, Natural Body Care, Gardening, Natural Biodegradable Cleaning Products and Soaps, Organic Hemp Clothing, Natural Spectrum Lights and light bulbs, Washable Cloth Diapers, Ecological Books, Nature Music, Cooperative Kids Games, Renewable Energy Products including Solar Wind-up Radios and more!
  • Tucker House Renewal Centre Tucker House Renewal Centre is a charitable retreat and environmental learning centre that promotes sustainable living. This 30-acre facility is located in Rockland, Ontario (30 minutes east of Ottawa) and has several environmental programs for the local and wider community.
  • Ottawa Full Circles To reduce our individual and collective environmental footprints on our home, the Earth by actively, energetically and positively promoting values of sustainability and conservation of resources. FULL CIRCLES offers education, opportunity, and venues for individuals and communities to learn, to interact, to collaborate, and to take action.
  • Ten Thousand Villages Ten Thousand Villages is a not-for-profit, self-supporting Fair Trade Organization (FTO). FTOs are non-governmental organizations designed to benefit artisans, not to maximize profits. They market products from handicraft and agricultural organizations based in low-income countries, providing consumers with products that have been fairly purchased from sustainable sources.
  • Bridgehead We are a specialty coffee company that offers 100% fairly traded and organic coffees and teas. We link customers with small-scale farmers in developing countries through fair trade coffee and tea. And we are committed to providing excellent quality products from responsible and progressive sources at reasonable prices.
  • Ottawa Mountain Bike Association OMBA’s purpose is to maintain exisiting mountain bike trail access and to gain access to more trails. To this end OMBA is building working relationships with IMBA Canada and land managers in the Ottawa area. If you love mountain biking, then trail access is important to you – and OMBA is working for you. We welcome your support, so join us as we make Ottawa a better place to ride our bikes.
  • Trailhead
  • Ottawa Green Drinks Every month people who work in the environmental field meet up for a beer at informal sessions known as Green Drinks.We have a lively mixture of people from NGOs, academia, government and business. Come along and you’ll be made welcome. Just say, “are you green?” and we will look after you and introduce you to whoever is there.It’s a great way of catching up with people you know and also for making new contacts. Everyone invites someone else along, so there’s always a different crowd, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organising network.These events are very simple and unstructured, but many people have found employment, made friends, developed new ideas, done deals and had moments of serendipity. It’s a force for the good and we’d like to help it spread to other cities. Contact your local node to get the latest info about coming along.
  • Young Environmental Professionals YEP NCR was launched in 2003 and is now a thriving network of environmental and sustainability professionals and engaged citizens. With 300 members and over 500 participants, YEP NCR offers a chance to learn about environmental and sustainability topics, community events, as well as chance to meet some great people. We continue to build upon our successes and provide our members with opportunities to learn, network, collaborate, find employment and get involved.
  • The Green Door Restaurant The Green Door Restaurant is Ottawa’s oldest and best known vegetarian restaurant. We specialize in high quality foods and baked goods made from ingredients that are locally grown and produced. We are located downtown with access to plenty of parking.
  • Just Food / Alimentation Juste Just Food is a grassroots, non-profit organization that includes staff, volunteers, community partners, members and funders. All projects are community-based. We seek direction from our community partners. We solicit feedback from all members through our monthly e-newsletter. All members are also invited to meet formally once a year and provide feedback into the work of Just Food. Overall direction comes from the Steering Committee and staff.
  • Electric Vehicle Council of Ottawa The Electric Vehicle Council of Ottawa (EVCO) is dedicated to promoting the use of electric vehicles as a viable transportation alternative that is ecological, economical, practical, and available now.

Co-op related: Information on co-operatives in Canada

  • Building Community Assets
  • Canadian Co-Operative Association - CCA supports its members and the co-op sector through the provision of services in three core areas – development, government affairs & public policy, and common table.
  • Co-operatives Secretariat The Co-operatives Secretariat was established within the Government of Canada in 1987 to help the federal government respond more effectively to the concerns and needs of co-operatives. The Secretariat advises the government on policies affecting co-operatives, co-ordinates the implementation of such policies, and encourages use of the co-operative model for the social and economic development of Canada’s communities. The Secretariat also provides a link between the co-op sector and the many federal departments and agencies with which they interact.
  • Coop Zone The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) has been collaborating throughout the past years with its co-operative partners the Conseil Canadien de la Coopération (CCC) and the federal Co-operatives Secretariat to promote the co-operative model in a growing number of sectors and communities. One of the results of this partnership is CoopZone, Canada’s exciting new co-operative development system. CoopZone is two things: a national Network of co-operative developers, and an on-line clearinghouse of information, tools and resources. CoopZone provides tools, co-op development resources and advice on starting and growing co-operatives.
  • Ontario Co-operative Association The Ontario Co-operative Association (On Co-op) is a primary resource and common voice for the development and enhancement of co-operatives and credit unions. Through On Co-op, member co-operatives, credit unions and stakeholders have access to programs and services in Government Relations; Lifelong Co-operative Learning; Co-operative Development; and Communications and Member Relations.
  • Financial Services Commission of Ontario The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) regulates registration of organizations who conduct business as a co-operative under the Co-operative Corporations Act.
  • CHASEO Co-operative Housing Association of Eastern Ontario

Friends of Sustainable Ottawa: Websites of groups a little beyond the borders of Ottawa

  • Eco-Perth Perth has set out on the road to show how a small town,in central Canada, can respond to the issues of climate change. Partnering with local businesses, groups and individuals, ecoPerth is about making projects happen – projects that are environmentally sustainable and economically efficient.
  • Ontario Natural Food Co-Op An Toronto based natural food buyer’s club that delivers to the Ottawa area on a regular basis. Great option for people who want to buy organic food at a much lower price. There are buyer’s groups all over Ottawa. You can even start your own.
  • Power Up Renewable Energy Co-Operative (PURE) PURE is a non-profit renewable energy co-operative, working to deliver community-based sustainable energy strategies to Orangeville, Dufferin County and the Headwaters region.
  • Green Beaver The Green Beaver Company is a personal care products company located in Hawkesbury, Ontario. At The Green Beaver Company, we believe in Mother Nature to help us take care of ourselves. For centuries, humans have been living with and safely using natural ingredients. That is why we rely on pure natural ingredients when formulating our products. From our family to yours, we are proud to bring you wholesome, healthy personal care products that are safe and effective for you, your family and our environment.
  • Bullfrog Power Bullfrog sources power exclusively from generators who meet or exceed the federal government’s Environmental Choice Program EcoLogoM standard for renewable electricity. Our power comes from clean, emission-free sources like wind power and low-impact water power instead of carbon-intensive sources like coal and oil.
  • Aztext Press Aztext prints and distributes Bill Kemp’s books on sustainability and renewable energy.

Funding: Links to potential sources of funding

  • The Co-operators The Co-operators is a group of Canadian companies focusing on insurance. As a co-operative, our members are 33 co-operatives and similarly-structured organizations, representing a combined membership of 4.5 million Canadians.
  • Green Municipal Funds – Sustainable Communities The Government of Canada has endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities with $550 million to establish and manage the Green Municipal Fund (GMF). The 2005 federal budget added $300 million to the existing $250 million fund, of which $150 million is earmarked for brownfield redevelopment. The GMF operates at arms-length from the federal government, and supports municipal governments, and their partners, to improve to quality of our air, water and soil, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Ontario Trillium Foundation The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), one of Canada’s leading grantmaking foundations, is an agency of the Ministry of Culture. OTF distributes $100 million of government funding each year generated through Ontario’s charity casino initiative.
  • Green Partnership Pilot Program
  • Community Power Fund The Community Power Fund is a $3 million Fund that will support project development activities of Ontario-based community organizations pursuing local renewable energy projects. The Fund will disburse $2.5 million in grants and spend $500,000 on operations, capacity building and management. We will initially operate for 3.5 years, from August 2007 until the end of 2010. The Fund is seeking additional seed money in order to make a transition from a short-term grant program into a sustainable loan and investment organization. The Fund is seeking $10 million in seed money before 2010 to make this transition.
  • TD Friends of the Environment The TD Friends of the Environment Foundation proudly supports the efforts of Canadians who are dedicated to the well-being of our environment. Since 1990, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation has contributed over $42 million in support of more than 16,000 environmental projects in communities across Canada.
  • The Community Go Green Fund The Ministry of the Environment has launched the call for applications for the Community Go Green Fund (CGGF). The CGGF is a new, four year, $6.6 million dollar program that provides funding for local projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The CGGF is a component of the Ontario government’s plan to fight global warming. Other initiatives include investing in advanced research, clean technologies and more public education.

Resources: National and international organizations

  • Ontario Sustainable Energy Association The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) is an umbrella organization formed to implement community sustainable energy projects across Ontario.
  • Plantapedia Plant site created by local nurseries to help people find information on local plant species.
  • Toronto Renewable Energy Co-op
  • Canadian Wind Energy Association
  • Canadian Solar Industries Association
  • gives you practical tips, ideas, resources and trends – in one place, so you don’t have to search. While keeping it interesting, relevant and useful along the way. [Toronto based]
  • Powerwise is a partnership between the Ontario Government and six large electricity distribution companies. Check out the website to find special offers and lots of tips about how you can save money and electricity.
  • is a simple way to make microfinance loans to people in need via paypal. Kiva lets you lend to a specific entrepreneur in the developing world – empowering them to lift themselves out of poverty. Loans are limited to $25 and you get to choose who it goes to.
  • Go Green Ontario
  • Go Solar Ontario Go Solar, a program of the Clean Air Foundation, is a market transformation campaign that provides Ontario residents with the information and links they need to install solar energy systems to heat water or generate electricity.
  • Clean Air Foundation The Clean Air Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing, implementing and managing public engagement programs and other strategic approaches that lead to measurable emission reducstions, to improve air quality and protect the climate.
  • Ottawa Envirocentre Want a more comfortable, energy-efficient home? EnviroCentre offers the best investment advice in town for residential energy-efficiency and you can now take advantage of the new ecoENERGY program just announced by the federal government. If you’re building a new home, EnviroCentre can also help ensure that it’s as energy-efficient as possible.

Technologies: Suppliers and installers

  • Ottawa Solar Power Local supplier and installer
  • CAREarth Ottawa based renewable energy supplier and installer.
  • Isolara Energy Services Isolara Energy Services is an environmental energy company that focuses on helping homeowners and businesses to save money by using free and/or low-cost alternative renewable energies (solar) to ‘empower’ their homes while reducing the environmental impact on our planet.
  • Enerworks Solar hot water appliance manufacturer and supplier – one of the first to have CSA approved domestic systems.
  • Powerlight Large scale PV system provider
  • Solera Sustainable Energies Company Provider of PV systems and components
  • Menova Energy Solar concentrator technology