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Number of Projects: 358

Fairmont Bee Sustainable Program

Fairmont Bee Sustainable Program

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 5 – Food, Theme 8 – Health)

Organization: Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel and Government of Canada

Timeline for Completion: Started May, 2019 Ongoing

Objective:

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has been committed to protecting the environment for close to 30 years. A big part of that commitment is looking for new creative ways to enhance its award-winning Fairmont Sustainability Partnership, now part of Accor’s Planet21 program.
Fairmont’s approach combines leading operational efforts aimed at reducing overall impact on the planet with forward-thinking and innovative programs promoting responsible tourism. As a core part of the Fairmont DNA, this commitment to environmental stewardship includes the Bee Sustainable program – a bee-focused initiative that aids habitat protection, pollination of gardens and flowers, and helps to support honey bee health

Government officials approached the hotel with a partnership idea after learning that Fairmont operated rooftop apiaries at some of its other facilities in Canada. Since the Château’s roofline does not lend itself to an apiary, federal officials offered a site at the temporary Senate building (across the street). The Government of Canada thought that maybe it’s a way to raise awareness on the importance of bees in an urban environment — and to educate people about the importance of a healthy bee population.

Staff from the nearby Fairmont Château Laurier manage the hives. The harvested honey is used as part of culinary dishes served at the hotel.

Fairmont proudly partners with Pollinator Partnership, a leader in the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems for over 20 years. Visit www.pollinator.org to learn more about how you can get involved to support our bees.

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Mooney’s Bay Community Gardens at the Riverside Mall

Mooney’s Bay Community Gardens at the Riverside Mall

(Theme 5 – Food, Theme 8 – Health)

Organization: Riverside Park Community Association (RPCA)

Timeline for Completion: Started July, 2020 Ongoing

Objective:

The Mooney’s Bay Community Garden is a project of the RPCA and is temporarily located at the site of a vacant grocery store at the Riverside Mall, while the mall’s new owners confirm plans to redevelop the land. Local families will be tending their own garden plots, and a portion of the harvest will be designated for donation. The project was made possible by the generous support of River Ward Councillor Riley Brockington, and site owners, Brigil Construction.

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The Canadian Wilderness Stewardship Program – Empowering Youth to Be Leaders in Conservation

The Canadian Wilderness Stewardship Program - Empowering Youth to Be Leaders in Conservation

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

Organization: Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS)

Timeline for Completion: 2020-21

Objective:

The Canadian Wilderness Stewardship Program, funded by the Government of Canada through the Canada Service Corps, is a year-long program that educates, trains and inspires future stewards of Canada’s great wilderness.

The three core components of the program are:
1. A CPAWS-led expedition of a regional watershed in need of protection;
2. A participant-led, volunteer community service project focused on conservation or education; and
3. A summit where participants share knowledge and develop skills in civic engagement, conservation, leadership, and advocacy.

Program Goals:
. To enable participants to experience the benefits of performing meaningful volunteer community service in their regions
. To build participants’ confidence, leadership ability, and critical thinking skills
. To empower participants to become ambassadors for regional wild spaces within their communities and create a culture of conservation engagement

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Breathe Easy Project

Breathe Easy Project

(Theme 8 – Health)

Organization: Ecology Ottawa

Timeline for Completion: 2021

Objective:

Breathe Easy is a community-level project to measure Ottawa’s air quality, inspired by the INHALE project in Toronto (Toronto Environmental Alliance) and Hamilton (Environment Hamilton). Partnering with the Ottawa chapter of Sierra Club Canada, the air quality of Ottawa’s arboretum will be compared to the air quality near daycares, schools and senior centres, where congregate the city’s most vulnerable residents. Volunteers will be asked to walk, roll, ride or run in all areas of the city while carrying an easy to use mobile air monitoring device that can be attached to bikes, wheelchairs, backpacks, scooters or baby strollers. Low-cost monitors are used to measure and map air quality with residents, supporting well-informed actions and helping to bring the topic of air quality to a wider audience, including city councillors and city staff.

The goal of the “Breathe Easy” campaign is to promote citizen-led science, as well as inform the community about their local air quality. The final analysis will inform councillors and city staff with regards to the best way forward to commit to constant monitoring of Ottawa’s air. We are also looking to encourage engagement and ongoing conversations between city staff and residents regarding the development of solutions that can be co-created and co-led.

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Lake Clear Conservancy – Dedicated to the Conservation of the Natural Heritage

Lake Clear Conservancy - Dedicated to the Conservation of the Natural Heritage

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: Lake Clear Conservancy

Timeline for Completion: Started 1998, Ongoing

Objective:

In 1998, a small group of concerned people met to discuss ways to preserve and protect the natural beauty, water quality, and wildlife of Lake Clear. The result of that meeting was the Lake Clear Conservancy, an all-volunteer, non-government, charitable organization. The LCC is working for everyone who loves Lake Clear. We are your local, community land trust, and we hope you will join us.
The LCC is a proud founding member of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance. We also work in partnership with many other like-minded groups and government bodies including the Ottawa River Institute, Ottawa Riverkeepers, Bonnechere Valley Watershed Project, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), Bonnechere Valley Township, and of course, the Lake Clear Property Owners Association (LCPOA).

The LCPOA website contains a great deal of additional information about Lake Clear. Please visit their site for more information (http://www.lakeclear.org/).

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Ottawa Valley Nature Fix – Lake Clear – wonderful spot for a nature fix

Ottawa Valley Nature Fix - Lake Clear - wonderful spot for a nature fix

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

Organization: Ottawa River Institute

Timeline for Completion: July, 2020

Objective:

This month we are featuring Lake Clear, a jewel of a lake in the Ottawa Valley, that many people believe is the best managed lake in Renfrew County from an environmental perspective.

A great way to get a Lake Clear nature fix, is to paddle on Hurd’s Creek from Manning Road through Little Lake Clear and into Lake Clear. Another great way to experience Lake Clear is by camping on one of the island campsites maintained by the Lake Clear Conservancy, a land trust founded in 1998 that is dedicated to the conservation of the natural heritage of Lake Clear and its watershed.

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Ottawa Farmers’ Market – From the Heart of the Land

Ottawa Farmers’ Market - From the Heart of the Land

(Database of Projects, Theme 5 – Food, Theme 8 – Health)

Organization: Ottawa Farmers’ Market

Timeline for Completion: Started in 2006 Ongoing Seasonal

Objective:

The Ottawa Farmers’ Market is a producer-run organization that features vendors from an area 100 kilometres of Ottawa, including more Savour Ottawa certified growers than any other market.

Lansdowne Market – Ottawa
Open Sundays from 9am – 3pm from July to October
Aberdeen Square, Lansdowne Park

Westboro Market – McKellar Park
Saturdays – 9:30AM – 3PM from July to October

Orleans Market – Ray Friel Center
Thursdays from 11AM – 4PM from July to October

Barrhaven Market – Nepean Woods
currently CLOSED due to COVID-19

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Bike Ottawa Interactive Maps

Bike Ottawa Interactive Maps

(Theme 8 – Health, Theme 9 – Recreation)

Organization: Bike Ottawa – Citizens for Safe Cycling Since 1984

Timeline for Completion: Founded 1984 Ongoing

Objective:

The organisation promotes greater bicycle use and enjoyment, cycling safety and awareness, bicycle route and road conditions that are safer as well as more pleasant, and an overall increased respect for cyclists in the public domain.

Bike Ottawa has developed a suite of map tools that will help cyclists plan routes and identify areas that need improvement. (screenshot of our interactive maps page)

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Convertus – Converting Organic Material into Compost

Convertus - Converting Organic Material into Compost

(Theme 7 – Waste)

Organization: Convertus – We Give Resources New Life

Timeline for Completion: Since 2010 Ongoing

Objective:

Convertus was created in 2019 by the merger of Renewi Canada and Waste Treatment Technologies North America as a business ideally positioned to be a part of the emergency circular economy – an economy that keeps resources in use for as long as possible through recycling and recovery. Together, we provide our customers with a complete solution for all of their organic waste sector needs.

Our composting facility has been processing organic waste for the City of Ottawa since 2010. Here organic waste is converted into compost, bedding and fertilizer for the agricultural sector and for the City itself. The Ottawa facility also operates during harsh Canadian winters without issues. The plant has a processing capacity of 100,000 tons of organic waste per year, with potential for expansion to 150,000 tons per year.

We are proud to say there are hardly any odours released from this location. This is achieved by ensuring the building and facility are constantly under negative pressure and by maintaining our odour abatement system. Under negative air pressure, when we open the doors to waste collection trucks air is drawn into the building. The air is then expelled from the tunnels by passing through a multi-step odour abatement system to remove odour particles before exiting through a vapour stack.

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NCC Forest Strategy

NCC Forest Strategy

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

Organization: National Capital Commission (NCC)

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

The NCC’s forest strategy will include the following components:
•a vision and objectives for the next 30 years
•a five-year action plan
•planting priorities and targets

The strategy will address the management of trees and forests in urban areas, as well as in natural areas like the Greenbelt and Gatineau Park.

Regional partnerships are key to protecting trees and forests across the National Capital Region. The NCC will work with the Ville de Gatineau and City of Ottawa to identify shared goals and more effectively coordinate action.

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