Transition Ottawa

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A Directory of (mostly) Ottawa-area groups and individuals encouraging self-sufficiency, community resilience, and low carbon living.
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INDEX: | Climate Change/Food Security/Peak Oil | Community/Society | Food/Urban Gardens
| Eating Local | Composting | Ecology/Environment | Energy | Neighbourhoods | Transportation | Waste/Recycling | Water |


Climate Change/Food Security/Peak Oil  
The Ottawa We Want Online collaboration for residents of the City of Ottawa, seeking to share an interest in envisioning and shaping the possibilities for the community they call home. We invite you to read and contribute your ideas and experiences about the Ottawa you would like to see develop -- its characteristics, its capacities, its quality of life. In particular we would like you to consider the issues of food security, peak energy and climate change as they are likely to impact the City.  
Community/Society top
Actcity Ottawa This is a collaborative web site called ActCity Ottawa for the purpose of providing another avenue for exchange of ideas on social and environmental issues affecting our lives.
Imagine Ottawa A group of citizens who hope to build a better community. We hope to make a difference, focusing on problems related to housing, poverty, democracy, the environment, arts, culture and community. 
Kanata Environmental Network KEN is a volunteer-run organization in the community of Kanata, Ontario. We share information about sound environmental practices, encourage sustainable lifestyles that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote ecological gardening 
OPIRG-Ottawa / GRIPO-Ottawa Ontario Public Interest Research Group brings together and builds upon a broad-based community dedicated to social, economic and environmental justice.  
Peace, Environment and Social Justice Groups in the Ottawa Area Ottawa area listing (provided by PERC (Peace and Environment Resource Centre)
The Peace and Environment News Provides information on local peace, environment, and social justice issues. Published by Peace and Environment Resource Centre
Food/Urban Gardens top
Children's Garden
(Link from: Sustainable Living Ottawa East)
Ottawa’s first dedicated children’s garden. Its big purpose is to serve as a space to engage and educate the senses, the mind and the imagination in terms of our relationships with nature. Its even bigger purpose is to have fun in the process.
Just Food / Alimentation juste

Working for a just and sustainable food system in Ottawa. Just Food is a grassroots, non-profit organization that includes staff, volunteers, community partners, members and funders. All projects are community-based.
Ottawa Community Garden Network

An information and resource-sharing network that supports the sustainable development of community gardens within the city.

Eating Local top
100 Mile Diet

Local Eating for Global Change

Canadian Organic Growers
Canada's national membership-based education and networking organization representing farmers, gardeners, consumers and supporters in all provinces and territories. Ottawa chapter: http://www.cog.ca/ottawa/index.htm
Good Food Box

A nonprofit community based program bringing neighbours together to buy a variety of delicious and nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables at wholesale prices.
Ottawa Farmers' Markets  Ottawa and area Farmers' Markets
Composting top
Composting Council of Canada / Conseil canadien du compostage A national non-profit, member-driven organization with a charter to advocate and advance composting and compost usage.
Humanure There are almost seven billion defecating people on planet Earth, but few who have any clue about how to constructively handle the burgeoning mountain of . . . 
Ecology / Environment  
Ontario Environmental Directory
Ottawa Area
List of Ottawa area environmental groups, organizations and agencies. (Provided by Ontario Environment Network)
Ecology Ottawa We are 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. We are working with residents, communities and local organizations across the city to ensure that these voices are heard at City Hall.
www.Green Ottawa.ca Green Ottawa is a unique gateway to everything green and sustainable in Ottawa-Gatineau and the National Capital Region. It's a starting point for connecting with green-minded people, places, organizations and opportunities across the region. Environment, sustainability, conservation, renewable energy, sustainable living, local/organic farms and gardens, human-powered lifestyles, and more.
Ontario Sustainable Energy Association The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) is a province-wide, member-based, non-profit organization representing more than 1500 individuals including private citizens, cooperatives, farmers, First Nations, businesses, institutions and municipalities. OSEA members are engaged in or supporting Community Power projects and renewable energy. 
The Otesha Project We believe that there are alternatives to our culture of overconsumption, and that each one of us has opportunities to have positive impacts every single day. The Otesha Project's education programs and bicycle tours use theatre, multi-media, and storytelling to engage a wide range of audiences, and have reached more than 85,000 people to date.
Sierra Club of Canada Sierra Club of Canada has several major national campaigns with four program areas: Health and Environment , Protecting Biodiversity , Atmosphere and Energy, and Transition to a Sustainable Economy . 
Sierra Club of Ontario Ontario chapter of the Sierra Club.
Energy top
Bullfrog Power Bullfrog Power provides everyone in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia (including condos and leased premises) with a 100% green electricity choice. 
The Canadian Solar Industries Association A federally registered not-for-profit association whose membership is comprised of individuals, companies and governments sharing an interest in solar technology 
Canadian Wind Energy Association / Association canadienne de l'énergie éolienne A non-profit trade association that promotes the appropriate development and application of all aspects of wind energy in Canada, including the creation of a suitable policy environment. 
Energy Ottawa Generates green power and offers an extensive range of energy management and procurement services to a wide variety of customers. (A wholly owned subsidiary of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc.),  
EnviroCentre The City of Ottawa's non-profit partner for delivering energy-efficiency services and programs for reducing energy consumption in the home.
The Pembina Institute Advancing sustainable energy solutions through innovative research, education, consulting and advocacy. 
Project Porchlight (One Change) One Change programs empower people to believe that simple actions matter and that they can make smart energy choices in their daily lives without huge sacrifices. 
Seventh Generation A non-profit organization that promotes sustainable living practices in the greater Ottawa area to help preserve our planet and create health and well-being for people and communities. 
Solar Energy Society of Canada Promotes the increased use of solar and other renewable energies in Canada. 
Sustainable Ottawa Sustainable Ottawa Community Energy Co-Op is a community based non-profit organization. Our mission is to make sustainable technologies, products and services more accessible and economically viable to people within the NCR. We do so through increasing public awareness of sustainable energy technologies (i.e. solar and wind), and by using the collective bargaining power of the Co-Op to reduce the cost of sustainable energy technologies for members of the Co-Op and the public. 
Zerofootprint Ottawa An interactive web site that lets residents, businesses, neighbourhood and community groups measure, track and reduce their carbon footprint 
Neighbourhoods  
Community Associations A listing of Ottawa area community assoications, many of which have programs of interest to Transition Ottawa members.
Sustainable Living Ottawa East Sustainable Living Ottawa East (SLOE) has been part of a low-key but important renaissance in Old Ottawa East. Many projects have been initiated, including: The Main Farmers Market, the Ottawa East Community Garden, the Children’s Garden at Legget Park, the Rideau River Nature Trail, and the Neighbour-to-Neighbour electricity efficiency audit project.
Sustainable Ottawa West A network in the west end of Ottawa discovering ways to live in an environmentally sustainable, socially just and spiritually fulfilling way. 
Transportation - Alternative Vehicles  
City of Ottawa TravelWise Program A program to tame traffic congestion and make the most of our transportation infrastructure. TravelWise works with local employers, schools, community groups and the general public to make various travel options more attractive than driving alone.
Electric Vehicle Council of Ottawa (EVCO) A non-profit, incorporated organization dedicated to promoting the use of electric vehicles in applications where they are appropriate. 
Friends of the O-Train A group of volunteers whose goal is to raise awareness of workable transit options in Ottawa. 
OttawaRideMatch.com A National Capital Area ridematching system that allows commuters to quickly and securely find carpool partners.  
Transport 2000  A non-profit organization for research, public education and consumer advocacy. It promotes environmentally-sound transportation solutions 
Transportation - Bicycles top
Bicycles for Humanity A grass-roots initiative which aims to empower disadvantaged communities in developing countries through the provision of sustainable transportation. 
Citizens for Safe Cycling A voluntary association made up of cyclists like you who work for better, safer, environmentally-friendly cycling in the Ottawa area. 
Commuter Challenge A national program that encourages Canadians to walk, cycle, ride-share/carpool, tele-work or take transit instead of driving alone to work.  
Ottawa Cycling Map On-line and printed versions
Re-Cycles Bicycle Co-op An Ottawa not-for-profit bicycle recycling shop . They repair donated bikes for resale and provide an equipped shop and bike repair know-how so that you can maintain and repair your own bike.  
Ride-More.ca (Acclivity Solutions): Electric bikes, cargo bikes, tricycles
Waste / Recycling top
City of Ottawa - Household Hazardous Waste Depots To help you dispose of products safely the City of Ottawa operates several one-day Household Hazardous Waste Depots for City of Ottawa residents only. 
City of Ottawa - Recycling and Garbage Information on recylcing and waste programs, including the 'Green Bin' program for recycling organic waste.
City of Ottawa Take it Back! The Take it Back! program ensures that all sorts of household materials are reused, recycled or disposed of properly instead of going to the landfill.  
Heartwood House - Computer Recycling Program Heartwood House collects donations of computer equipment from the community and RD Long compensates Heartwood for their efforts. Items are inspected for usability, returned to service whenever possible or recycled in an environmentally friendly manner.
Freecycling Since it was first introduced to Ottawa in 2004 by Eric Snyder (a Transition Ottawa member), Freecycling has grown to include over 40,000 people in more than 40 different freecycling groups, all free to join. Give away your surplus "stuff".  
Water  
Ottawa Riverkeeper Ottawa Riverkeeper is a citizen-based action group that brings people together to protect and promote the ecological health and diversity of the Ottawa River and its tributaries. 

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