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GLAD Cleaning the Capital – Fall 2017

GLAD Cleaning the Capital – Fall 2017

(Theme 7 – Waste)

Organization: City of Ottawa

Timeline for Completion: Annual Event – Spring & Fall

Objective:

The GLAD Cleaning the Capital campaign is a citywide cleanup that occurs in the spring and fall of every year. Residents come together as a community and combine efforts to make our city clean and green. Litter pickup or graffiti removal projects must be registered, and participating teams, upon request, receive a cleanup starter kit to assist them with their projects. Participants who register their cleanups during the campaign’s early bird registration period and/or submit their on-line cleanup reports after their cleanup are eligible to win prizes donated by the campaign’s generous sponsors.

Register your litter pickup or graffiti removal project by September 14 to be eligible to win an early bird prize donated by our generous sponsors.

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Northern Nomad Tiny House Capstone Design Project

Northern Nomad Tiny House Capstone Design Project

(Theme 2 – Energy, Theme 3 – Design)

Organization: Carleton University

Timeline for Completion: end of September, 2017

Objective:

We are a group of Carleton University engineering students designing and building a sustainable tiny house built on a trailer: The Northern Nomad.

Our goal is to push the limits of sustainable building design in Ottawa. We will be exploring ways in which new and innovative technologies can be integrated into building design. Our hope is to reduce the impact of the built environment.

This project will strive to demonstrate that an Ottawa home with a small building footprint can achieve net-zero energy. It will produce enough renewable energy on site to meet or even exceed the home’s energy needs on an annual basis. This will be achieved using photovoltaic solar panels. Additionally, this project will explore the viability of an Ottawa home achieving net-zero water use by collecting enough water on site to meet the home’s water needs. Various methods of harvesting and purifying rainwater will be explored.

The Northern Nomad project will showcase a variety of smart home technologies and will be designed to optimize energy and water efficiency. This project will be designed with the goal of achieving the Living Building Challenge Petal Certification.

Northern Nomad will be built by end of September 2017 and will be showcased to the public on the Carleton University Campus. The house is just 220 square feet, and sits on a wheeled trailer bed.

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Tour La Nuit 2017 – Capital Vélo Fest

Tour La Nuit 2017 - Capital Vélo Fest

(Theme 1 – Transportation, Theme 8 – Health, Theme 9 – Recreation)

Organization: Capital Vélo Fest Inc.

Timeline for Completion: Started 2011 Ongoing Annual Event (Cancelled for 2017}

Objective:

Our mission is to Inspire people of all ages to ride a bike more often.

The Tour La Nuit is the signature event of the Capital Vélo Fest. The yearly ride takes place in September to take advantage of the early autumn nights. This is the only closed road night ride in Ontario and your chance to ride under the stars without any cars. Past years have seen over a thousand registered riders lighting up the night for this amazing event.

Unfortunately, there will not be a Tour La Nuit event in Ottawa in 2017.

The fixed costs for policing and traffic barriers to close the roads along this route was huge. Participation in the Tour La Nuit has always been somewhat weather dependent, and without significant committed support from corporate sponsors and government agencies, the route through the city core was not financially feasible to implement.

We plan to revive the Tour La Nuit event in 2018 along a route that will not have these impediments.

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Youth for Water

Youth for Water

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital, Theme 8 – Health)

Organization: Sacred Water Circle and Green Communities Canada

Timeline for Completion: Pilot Ongoing

Objective:

The Youth for Water program focuses on bridging traditional Indigenous knowledge and culture with science and environmental issues to deliver a project that provides young Indigenous adults (ages 18-25) with an opportunity to learn about water issues and become involved in water protection and conservation.

At the core of the youth programming are three aspects; skills building, job shadowing and mentorships which work together to empower Indigenous youth through experiential learning.

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EcoDriver – help your wallet and the planet

EcoDriver - help your wallet and the planet

(Theme 1 – Transportation)

Organization: Green Communities Canada

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

Helping you save money and the planet
◾At EcoDriver we offer friendly, driver-to-driver advice, tips, and training for those who wish to cut fuel costs while also reducing their ecological “tire print.”

Why promote fuel efficient driving?
◾There is a 35% difference between the most and least fuel-efficient drivers on the road. Most can save 10 to 15% with simple changes to their driving habits.

Why promote fuel -efficient vehicle choices?
◾Even within one vehicle class the differences can be staggering. The most fuel-efficient conventional mid-size uses one third less fuel than one in the midrange, and can save $7,000 in fuel costs over ten years.

Why promote driving less?
◾Short trips under five km are the least fuel efficient and most easily replaced by walking and cycling.

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Walk Friendly Ontario

Walk Friendly Ontario

(Theme 1 – Transportation, Theme 8 – Health, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: Green Communities Canada

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

WALK Friendly Communities is a recognition program that encourages municipalities to create and improve spaces and places to walk by awarding Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum designations. Using our comprehensive framework of indicators for walkability, municipalities can benchmark their current status and measure progress over time. The program gives walking a prominent profile in community planning and design, and encourages municipal governments to set targets for ongoing improvements. As communities strive to achieve higher awards, the built environment is transformed to support safe, sustainable and independent mobility.

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RAIN Community Solutions

RAIN Community Solutions

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital, Theme 8 – Health)

Organization: Green Communities Canada

Timeline for Completion: Launched 2010 Ongoing

Objective:

RAIN Community Solutions helps communities manage rain where it falls to save money, reduce flood risk, and protect our water.

Primary messages of the RAIN program include:

SLOW IT DOWN. Capture, storage and slow release of rainwater (install cisterns/rainbarrels with soaker hoses); Maintain and enhance the urban forest/canopy (tree planting)

SOAK IT UP. Increase permeable surfaces (permeable paving, soaking pits, rain gardens); Design natural areas to maximize infiltration (rain gardens, etc.)

KEEP IT CLEAN. Avoid release of pollutants (pet waste, cigarette butts, fuels, solvents, fertilizer, road salt).

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Biking Ottawa to Carleton Place

Biking Ottawa to Carleton Place

(Theme 1 – Transportation, Theme 8 – Health, Theme 9 – Recreation)

Organization: GoBiking.ca – Cycling in Ottawa-Gatineau

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

The trip to Carleton Place can be a long ride. Depending on your departure point in Ottawa, it can be over 50 kilometres one way. Cycling this distance in both directions falls in a grey zone between going for a long local ride, or doing some real bicycle touring.

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Biking to Pinhey’s Point and the Ottawa River

Biking to Pinhey’s Point and the Ottawa River

(Theme 1 – Transportation, Theme 8 – Health, Theme 9 – Recreation)

Organization: GoBiking.ca – Cycling in Ottawa-Gatineau

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

The ride to Pinhey’s Point takes you through Kanata and along the Ottawa River to one of the region’s more interesting heritage sites. It is a fairly long ride; the return trip from downtown Ottawa is close to 80 kilometres. This route makes use of bicycle paths, the paved shoulder of a fairly busy thoroughfare, and several quiet country roads. Initially, the terrain is generally flat, although you will encounter a couple of long slopes on the country roads in the vicinity of the Ottawa River.

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Cycling to Wakefield from Downtown Ottawa

Cycling to Wakefield from Downtown Ottawa

(Theme 1 – Transportation, Theme 8 – Health, Theme 9 – Recreation)

Organization: GoBiking.ca – Cycling in Ottawa-Gatineau

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

Wakefield is a picturesque little town situated on the banks of the Gatineau River, and one of the more popular tourist centres in the vicinity of the National Capital Region. It is in relatively easy cycling distance – depending on your departure point – about 40 kilometres from Ottawa’s downtown core (or 80 km both ways). This means a return trip to Wakefield would be a fairly long day ride, but the town can also serve as a convenient overnight destination when planning a two day trip.

Wakefield is a major tourist draw because of its scenic location along the Gatineau River, and it comes complete with a quintessential view of a covered bridge. Since much of the town caters to tourists, Wakefield has the usual assortment of restaurants and boutiques. This includes the “Blacksheep Inn” (Auberge Mouton Noir), which houses a bar which has gained a reputation for being one of the country’s best live music clubs. Options for overnight accommodations include several bed & breakfasts (B&Bs), at least one hotel, and the renowned heritage inn located at the restored Maclaren Mill.

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