Supporting communities in Ottawa to be more sustainable

From 2014 to 2017, EnviroCentre carried out a three-year project called Sustain Your Community to engage residents in three separate communities across Ottawa around environmental sustainability and Green House Gas (GHG) emissions reductions.

During the course of the project, EnviroCentre hosted 60 workshops, engaged over 280 volunteers, and participated in 56 community events,read the project summary for more details about what we accomplished.

Below are a few success stories from each community.

Kanata North

Residents of Kanata North participate in Pedal Play, a cycling education event.,

A dedicated group of volunteers and community partners teamed up with Sustain Kanata North to organize Pedal Play, a cycling education event.

Pedal Play taught bike safety to adults, teens and kids through interactive learning activities – all while on their bike. Participants cycled through their neighborhoods using bike lanes, paths and roundabouts, stopping at several activity stations along the way to learn safe cycling practices. Two events were held, one in October 2016 and the other in June 2017, each with over 100 participants. Watch the video to learn more. 

Over the course of three years, Sustain Kanata North hosted several workshops, adopted a park, created an energy map off the community, started a farm stand, and began a good food box pick up location.

Read the year three activity summary


Community gardens were installed in Lowertown as part of Sustain Your Community.

The community in Lowertown focused on increasing the number of gardens and ability of residents to grow their own food in the neighborhood.

Over the course of the project, Sustain Lowertown supported the development of five gardens, which continue to this day. The community gardens are open to community members who want a plot.

A sharing garden was established in the Beausoleil community, allowing anyone in the Ottawa Community Housing block to access the produce. A learning garden established at Ste Anne’s school is an education tool for the students. The garden at the community house continues to supply fresh produce food to the weekly food bank. If you are a Lowertown resident and want to get involved in one of the gardens, contact Alain Lutala

Sustain Lowertown also provided free bicycle tunes ups and safety gear for kids, participated in community picnics, brought the Market Mobile to Lowertown, hosted workshops and much more.

Read the year three activity summary

West Carleton

In West Carleton the Deep Roots Food Hub, a team of staff, volunteers and partner organizations won the Ottawa Community Foundations’ New Leaf Challenge grant to build a community root cellar.

Much of 2016 and 2017 were spent establishing the group as a social enterprise and securing a location to build the cellar. The root cellar will provide local West Carleton farmers with cold storage space for their root crops allowing them to grow and sell more food.

A newly installed root cellar will provide local farmers with cold storage for their root crops.

This increases their economic potential while also increasing the access to local food in the area and addressing food security issues in the community. The root cellar will be on NCC land, sharing a space with the BeetBox Farm Co-op. Construction will begin in October 2017. To learn more about the root cellar, visit their website.

Sustain West Carleton has also hosted several workshops, supported local community gardens, organized discounted energy audits in the neighbourhood and much more.

Read the year three activity summary

Sustain Your Community was made possible by funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Thank you to many of our partner organizations and the teams of volunteers who made all the activities possible.

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