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Tree Talk Series #4 – Introducing the 4th R: REPURPOSE!

Tree Talk Series #4 - Introducing the 4th R: REPURPOSE!

(Theme 7 – Waste)

Organization: Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City partner with Waste Watch Ottawa

Timeline for Completion: Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 4:30-6:30 pm at Strathcona Park

Objective:

Come join us in circles of knowledge-sharing & gratitude underneath some of Ottawa’s beautiful trees as we learn about sustainability.

Our next Tree Talk is on Consumer Culture & the Value of our Stuff !

The talk will take place next Friday, October 23rd from 4:30-6:30 pm at Strathcona Park

We are looking to collaborate with Waste Watch for this talk and local eco-enthusiasts to share DIY tips on repurposing everyday items. We’re also hoping to have a fun item swap – you don’t want to miss it!

Our Tree Talks are fun, informal gatherings in local parks across Ottawa to talk sustainability issues. You get to enjoy the changing autumn colours, great company and learn a thing or two about sustainable living!

To register please go to Eventbrite.
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/obec-tuesday-tree-talk-series-tickets-122118330213

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Zibi to become National Capital Region’s first carbon-neutral community

Zibi to become National Capital Region’s first carbon-neutral community

(Theme 2 – Energy, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: Zibi, Hydro Ottawa and Kruger Products

Timeline for Completion: 2021

Objective:

A new partnership between Zibi, Hydro Ottawa and Kruger Products will put the National Capital Region on the map as a leader in combating climate change through the substantial reduction of carbon emissions using district energy for heating and cooling in the Zibi community.

The Zibi Community Utility is a District Energy System relying on energy recovery from effluents from Kruger Products’ Gatineau Plant for heating, and the Ottawa River for cooling. The system, developed by Zibi, will provide zero carbon heating and cooling for all Zibi tenants and residents in the 34-acre waterfront city. Zibi residents and tenants will be able to take pride in living and working in one of Canada’s most sustainable communities, and realize energy savings by using a temperature controlling application on their mobile devices.

This innovative system – the first in North America to use post-industrial waste heat recovery in a master-planned community – will make Zibi the region’s first zero-carbon-emission community.

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A Manor Park Sustainability Series – online Oct 15th and Oct 27th 7:30-9:00 pm

A Manor Park Sustainability Series - online Oct 15th and Oct 27th 7:30-9:00 pm

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 8 – Health, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: Manor Park Community Association and Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City

Timeline for Completion: online Thurs., Oct. 15th & Tues., Oct. 27th from 7:30-9PM

Objective:

Come join us Thursday, October 15th & Tuesday, October 27th from 7:30-9PM online via Zoom with the Manor Park Community Association in Ottawa to draw up community sustainability projects and visions of sustainability for your community!

Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City (OBEC) is a local environmental educational charity working to encourage engagement and cooperation in sustainability in communities all across Ottawa.

Our goal is to engage local citizens in discussion in their communities and come up with a Community Sustainability Plan (CSP) that will inspire them to start their own sustainability projects.

This event will be a workshop on Manor Park’s sustainability efforts, OBEC’S 10 sustainability themes (food, transport, waste, energy, habitat, natural capital, design, health, recreation and sense of place) and an interactive discussion led by the community, where we come up with tangible sustainability projects and identify leaders who will make them happen!

Workshop 1: Oct 15 – Sustainability Projects to identify will relate to transportation, energy, design, food, and waste.

Workshop 2: Oct 27 – Sustainability Projects to identify will relate to health, habitat, natural capital, recreation and sense of place

To register please go to Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/a-manor-park-sustainability-series-tickets-122760785815 OR email: environment@manorparkcommunity.ca

Please browse our website to explore more about our work, community sustainability plans and our database of sustainability projects: http://obec-evbo.ca.

We can’t wait to have you!

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Renfrew County Nature Notebook – Welcome Nature Lovers!

Renfrew County Nature Notebook - Welcome Nature Lovers!

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

Organization: Ottawa River Institute (ORI)

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

Renfrew County, in the Upper Ottawa Valley of Eastern Ontario has a great wealth of intact ecosystems and thriving rich biodiversity. Getting folks of all ages out to enjoy these vast riches is what this website is all about.

You will find here a collection of resources to help you find and enjoy dozens of beautiful natural areas, identify species of plants and animals that you see there, view other people’s photos and notes of their visits and share your own observations. There is also a primer on Citizen Science that points to many channels for sharing your observations with conservation and naturalist groups all over North America.

Suggested Destinations for October:
There are many wonderful places to walk in the Ottawa Valley. A good resource for finding trails is this page on the Nature Notebook website which provides links to information and maps on the following trails: Deacon Escarpment, Shaw Woods, Macnamara, Manitou Mountain, Griffith Uplands, Eagle’s Nest and the K and P trail.

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Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste – third and final extended Household Hazardous Waste Depot in 2020

Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste - third and final extended Household Hazardous Waste Depot in 2020

(Theme 7 – Waste)

Organization: City of Ottawa

Timeline for Completion: Wed., Oct 21 to Sun., Oct. 25, 2020 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Objective:

The third and final extended Household Hazardous Waste Depot in 2020 will be held:
Wednesday, October 21 to Sunday, October 25, 2020
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Barrhaven Snow Disposal Facility – Strandherd Drive and Dealership Drive

No electronic waste will be accepted at this site.

Liquid or hazardous waste from industrial, commercial and institutional sources is not accepted. The one-day Household Hazardous Waste Depots are for residential household waste only.

Drop off the following at household hazardous waste depots include:
25 paint cans equals 100 litres *maximum 100 litres by volume
Aerosol containers
Propane cylinders
Disinfectants
Fluorescent bulbs/tubes
Fire extinguishers
Fertilizers and pesticides
Mercury switches/thermometers
Needles and syringes
Pharmaceuticals
Paints and coatings
Oven and window cleaners
Pool chemicals
Gasoline

The city held its first extended depot of the year in June, and it was a success, the city says.

“The 2020 extended depot approach has yielded results that compare favourable with previous years, both in terms of participation and amount of material collected,” the memo said.

Following that success, the city held its second depot event in August at the Westbrook Snow Disposal Facility at 200 Westbrook Rd. in Carp.

Wait times for both events were cited as minimal and brought in 10,652 visitors in total.

Over 400 tonnes of household hazardous waste was diverted from landfill, thanks to those events.

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1st Annual Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Walk

1st Annual Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Walk

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 8 – Health)

Organization: Ottawa valley Wild Bird Care Centre

Timeline for Completion: Sept 4 – Oct 12, 2020

Objective:

Our first annual Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Walk is a non-traditional walk designed to raise funds and awareness for the Centre.

You can complete a walk of a distance and at a location of your choosing. Give yourself a challenge to see certain species or total number of birds. Instead of collecting pledges, everyone is asked to make a donation. Tax receipts will be issued for donations over $20.

Please walk in a socially responsible manner. We encourage you to reach out to your friends and family and engage them in this fundraising effort.

As a token of appreciation, every donor will receive a link to a commemorative, free downloadable photo checklist of birds to take along on their walk.

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Petrie Island Tree Inventory

Petrie Island Tree Inventory

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 5 – Food)

Organization: Friends of Petrie Island, in partnership with the Ottawa Stewardship Council (OSC) and Ottawa Field Naturalists’ Club

Timeline for Completion: Started 2019 (3 year project)

Objective:

The Friends of Petrie Island, in partnership with the Ottawa Stewardship Council and Ottawa Field Naturalists’ Club (OFNC), is conducting a tree inventory over three years from 2019 through 2021. The purpose of the inventory is to:

establish a baseline against which changes can be measured; and
identify invasive species and their locations.
The 2019 inventory documented 443 trees and focused on the middle of the island, which has the greatest concentration of Hackberry and the most diversity. The variety of unusual species is high in this area. The 2020 inventory is completing the middle and the east side of the island, which has a concentration of large Cottonwoods that beavers are taking down. The 2021 inventory will address the west side of the main island and the small island to the south.

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The Woods of Hampton Park – An Urban Forest to Preserve

The Woods of Hampton Park - An Urban Forest to Preserve

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 8 – Health, Theme 9 – Recreation)

Organization: Friends of Hampton Park

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

An ecological study of the park is currently underway. Friends of Hampton Park is working on a number of stewardship projects to preserve the integrity of this forest.

Hampton Park is one of Ottawa’s most beautiful public parks. Situated on the southern boundary of Kitchissippi, it contains a small urban forest, the Hampton Woods.

The Hampton Woods isn’t just a nice perk to have in a community; yes, we need green sanctuaries for mental health, but we also need them for our basic survival.

Hampton Park is home to a number of species that are unusual to find in such a busy central neighbourhood, but we may never know what’s there if we love it to death. The Woods protect us from ourselves, for free. We need to start protecting the Woods from us.

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Celebrating National Tree Day a Different Way – Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020

Celebrating National Tree Day a Different Way - Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020

(Theme 2 – Energy, Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: Tree Canada

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Event in September

Objective:

National Tree Day serves as a celebration for all Canadians to appreciate the great benefits that trees provide us – clean air, wildlife habitat, reducing energy demand and connecting with nature.

Save the date!
This year National Tree Day is on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

While in years past this was a time to come together and celebrate with community planting events, our current situation with COVID-19 makes this year very different. That doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate together though, while staying apart!

The spirit of National Tree Day and all that trees bring to us is still worth celebrating, and on this page right up until National Tree Day, you will find resources and ideas that will help you take root with your community around trees this fall.

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7 Places to hike around Ottawa & Gatineau

7 Places to hike around Ottawa & Gatineau

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 8 – Health, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: Rideau Trail Association

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

Do you live in or are you visiting Ottawa-Gatineau and looking for a quick adventure? Here are a few options nearby!

Marlborough Forest
Poets’ Pathway
Gatineau Park
Mer Bleue
Kanata South March Highlands
Stony Swamp
Urban Hiking on the Capital Pathway

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