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Lanark Highlands Christmas Bird Count 2018

Lanark Highlands Christmas Bird Count 2018

(Theme 4 – Habitat)

Organization: Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Annual Event on Dec 30, 2018

Objective:

A tradition is continuing this holiday season as volunteers gear up for the 16th annual Lanark Highlands Christmas Bird Count.

Data from the count is sent to Bird Studies Canada, where it forms a definitive record of bird species in the area.

Four counts are taking place this year: near Carleton Place, Rideau Ferry, Pakenham, and the Lanark Highlands.

Each will cover a circular area with a radius of about 12 km, and each dedicates a single day to its count — the same day every year.

The Lanark Highlands Christmas Bird Count takes place on Dec. 30 and is open for volunteer registration.

If you know birds by sight or sound and would like to participate in this year’s count, please contact Marilyn Barnett to be added to her list for the December 30th, 2018 LHCBC.

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Most Environmentally Friendly Builder – 2018 GOHBA SAM Awards

Most Environmentally Friendly Builder - 2018 GOHBA SAM Awards

(Theme 2 – Energy, Theme 3 – Design)

Organization: eQ Homes

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

eQ Homes recently received the ‘Most Environmentally Friendly Builder’ at the Greater Ottawa Home Builder’s Association Awards Dinner.

At eQ Homes we aim to do the right thing, and we’re dedicated to keeping the environmental impact of our homes to an absolute minimum.

Our homes include a number of standard green features that help to ensure the safety and health of your family and also to reduce household energy costs. Some of these features include Low E Argon windows, high quality insulation (including in the basement), low-flow toilets, high-efficiency hot water heaters and much, much more.

We source wood from second growth trees in order to help protect old growth forests, and we are proud to purchase many of our building materials from local sources, thus reducing transportation impacts on the environment, and ensuring that excess building materials and waste are recycled.

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Roadside Monarch Butterfly Project in Eastern Ontario

Roadside Monarch Butterfly Project in Eastern Ontario

(Theme 4 – Habitat)

Organization: Canadian Wildlife Federation and partners National Capital Commission, Hydro One, and Lanark County

Project Start Date: Nov 20182-3 years

Objective:

CWF is working with the National Capital Commission, Hydro One, and Lanark County to create learning labs for establishing wildflower meadows in Ottawa and Lanark County. Work has begun to prepare the sites and planting native wildflower seeds will happen next spring.

The action is in three spots: at Greens’ Creek, near McCarthy Road (i.e. the Southern Corridor), and County Roads 5 & 7 in Lanark County.

The aim is to encourage management of rights-of-way and pathways that helps to restore the Monarch butterfly while effectively managing invasive plants such as wild parsnip.

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Sustainable Style: Ottawa area builder takes green design to an outstanding new level

Sustainable Style: Ottawa area builder takes green design to an outstanding new level

(Theme 2 – Energy, Theme 3 – Design)

Organization: RND Construction- Builder/Christopher Simmonds-Architect

Timeline for Completion: 2018

Objective:

This is a certified net zero home, disguised as a modern luxury infill (i.e. sixty-seven per cent more efficient than the current building code)

Nestled on a tree-lined street in the desirable Alta Vista neighborhood stands a remarkable home. Designed by award-winning architect Christopher Simmonds and built by RND Construction, it boasts a seamless contemporary design. No detail too small, the home seems to flow from outside in and from room to room.

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Donated potatoes to arrive on First Air flight to Iqaluit Nov 14

Donated potatoes to arrive on First Air flight to Iqaluit Nov 14

(Theme 5 – Food, Theme 8 – Health)

Organization: Mike’s Garden Harvest/First Air – Example of the Gift Economy and Sustainability

Timeline for Completion: November, 2018

Objective:

Mike Milsom is an organic farmer who farms NCC land on River Road and delivers produce to restaurants and local residents in the Ottawa area, offering shares through Mike’s Garden Harvest. He has also been delivering fresh produce weekly to Iqaluit as part of his business, harvesting and them immediately washing, packing and delivering as fresh of produce as he can. Just last week, he dug up the last of his produce, hundreds of pounds of Russet potatoes and decided to donate them to the people in Iqaluit, after that city’s largest store, Northmart, went up in flames.

First Air stepped up to help Milsom send 2000 pounds of potatoes to Iqaluit after a fire wiped out one of the city’s main stores. Dan Valin with First Air says the potatoes left on a freighter flight this morning and First Air picked up the cost of sending the spuds.

https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/donated-potatoes-to-arrive-on-first-air-flight-to-iqaluit-today-1.4176768

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Operation ReLeaf – Ottawa-Gatineau Tornadoes

Operation ReLeaf – Ottawa-Gatineau Tornadoes

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

Organization: Tree Canada – Let’s plant together

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

OperationReLeaf – Ottawa-Gatineau Tornadoes in cooperation with the City of Ottawa and the Ville de Gatineau will provide funding for private land owners (residences, condominiums, institutional) to replace trees lost in the tornadoes.

On Friday, September 21, 2018, two tornadoes touched down in the Ottawa-Gatineau area with the most devastating one reaching speeds of 265 km/h. The scope of the damage was vast, with over 1,000 properties either demolished or damaged, leaving over 200,000 without power.

Tree Canada will be working to help the affected neighbourhoods in Ottawa-Gatineau achieve the return to normalcy that only new trees can bring.

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Ottawa’s Urban Farming leverages appetite for locally grown food

Ottawa's Urban Farming leverages appetite for locally grown food

(Theme 5 – Food, Theme 8 – Health)

Organization: BeetBox – VegBox CSA (community-supported agriculture) program

Timeline for Completion: Started 2017 Ongoing Seasonal

Objective:

The Original Brain Food – Our VegBox CSA program brings super local, organically-grown vegetables to West Ottawa.

BeetBox’s growing season runs from March, when the planting of beets, lettuce, cabbage, kale, carrots and green onions begins in the greenhouse. In May, the farming shifts to the field where sugar snap peas, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, potatoes, green beans, winter squash, butternut squash, basil, cilantro and dill are grown. (The butternut squash is grown as part of a plant-breeding program to develop a squash specific to the Ottawa region.)

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Modern Farming: How Ottawa Valley agriculture is evolving to grow and prosper

Modern Farming: How Ottawa Valley agriculture is evolving to grow and prosper

(Theme 2 – Energy, Theme 7 – Waste)

Organization: Terryland Farms – Your Organic Energy Potential Realized

Timeline for Completion: Started 2008 Ongoing

Objective:

Biogas technology uses a biological process to produce a combustible gas from the decomposition of organic waste in an anaerobic setting. The gas, known as biogas, contains roughly 60% methane and 40% carbon dioxide and can be converted to provide usable energy: gas, electricity and heat.

Terryland Farms, located in St. Eugene, Ontario was one if the first to obtain a contract under the Ontario Feed-in Tariff (FiT) program.

The actual project development time from first contact to system start-up was 2 years; the system was completed and commissioned in 2008.

Since then, Terryland Farms increased the co-gen from 180 kW continuous to 360 kW continuous of electrical production and has been able to take full advantage of the heat he produces: after heating his barn and milking parlor, there is enough excess heat to also heat the family swimming pool.

Terryland Farms has been able to realize additional cost savings by using the liquid phase of the effluent as fertilizer and separating the solids from the digestate for bedding.

It is estimated that 15 farms throughout eastern Ontario are now converting biogas into electricity and sending it to the grid.

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Gatineau puts a lid on it to keep employees’ bikes safe

Gatineau puts a lid on it to keep employees' bikes safe

(Theme 1 – Transportation, Theme 8 – Health)

Organization: City of Gatineau

Timeline for Completion: Started Sept 2018 – Pilot Project

Objective:

Bike-friendly cities encourage bike commuting to ease traffic congestion, minimize the need for car parking, reduce air pollution and improve community health. BikeLid protects bikes and bike components from the elements, vandals, and thieves. Secure bike parking increases transit ridership and reduces facility costs by supporting multimodal transportation. Secure covered bike facilities help qualify buildings for LEED credits and Green Building designation.

Location: 100 rue d’Edmonton, Gatineau, QC

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Improving Waste Diversion in Ottawa – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink

Improving Waste Diversion in Ottawa - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink

(Theme 7 – Waste)

Organization: Waste Watch Ottawa (WWO)

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

WWO is committed to improving the City of Ottawa’s waste management practices and contributing to a greening of the City by supporting the development of new and improved waste diversion programs and initiatives designed to minimize the amount of waste being disposed of and avoiding the greenhouse gas impacts associated with waste generation and waste disposal.

Waste Watch Ottawa develops and presents evidence based, and informed opinions on how to improve the design and effectiveness of solid waste diversion from disposal policies and programs, and collection and processing activities, including the management of sludges and bio-solids. It carries out its mandate by undertaking research, reviewing and re-thinking economic, policy and engineering approaches and trends, both nationally and internationally, in the four “R’s” of reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink.

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