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The Ottawa Chapter of Faith & The Common Good is interested in helping local faith communities on their indoor sustainable greening goals and Outdoor Greening (sustainable gardening, ecological landscaping and outdoor environmental practices). Contact us to see how our organization can help through our Greening Sacred Spaces program. We’re also working with local faith communities on the Mission Per Square Foot initiative.
March 2017: Two garden programs announced for the local Ottawa Community!
ONTARIO 150 Growing Community Youth-led Gardens
Three youth-led garden projects at faith communities in Ottawa will be chosen to participate for the 2017 gardening season. Selected youth-led projects will receive up to $2500 in funds for their gardens, an ONTARIO 150 garden sign, an on-site outdoor greening sustainability consultation and local partnership support during the gardening season and for the public garden event. Applications will be accepted until Tuesday May 9th, 2017 (end of day). Applicants will be notified the week of May 15 – 19 regarding the status of applications. (Funding support for this program is provided by ONTARIO 150.)
Link to ONTARIO 150 Youth-led Gardens Ottawa Program: Information Details 2017 (link to pdf)
Link to ONTARIO 150 Youth-led Gardens Ottawa Program: Online Application Form 2017 (Google Forms)
Please contact Katherine Forster at email@example.com regarding any questions or concerns.
*Please note that there may be some delays in providing answers to emails around the long weekend of April.
Free Outdoor Greening Consultations
Get a free, 60 minute Outdoor Greening On-Site Visit from Faith & The Common Good
- Are you considering to make changes to your outdoor sacred space landscape?
- Want to know how to incorporate sustainable practices into your gardening?
- Curious about how you can extend your Care for Creation practices outdoors?
- Looking for some guidance and on-site help with your gardening questions?
Apply for a free on-site visit from FCG’s sustainable garden animator:
- Learn sustainable and ecological gardening tips and tricks
- Find out the best ways to conserve water & deal with stormwater runoff
- Receive advice on beautiful native plant species that are easy to care for
- Get solutions for problem spots and/or your site’s conditions
After the visit, you will receive a free summary report that provides guidance and initial steps for the topics and issues discussed on-site to Care for Creation outdoors. Take advantage of our 2017 Outdoor Greening On-Site Consultation! It will help revitalize your sacred outdoor space for the benefit of your entire congregation and create a more ecological and sustainable garden oasis that will also help save money, energy and time!
There are a limited number of consultation visits available (from May – August) for 2017.
Please contact us at Ottawa@faithcommongood.org to reserve your spot now!
January 2017: Published in the lastest PEN (Jan-Mar 2017) “Recycling and Re-using – Making a Difference” by John Dorner (Link to PDF of Article).
The Ottawa Chapter continues its work on Mission per Square Foot with four pilot sites and is also expanding its Greening Sacred Spaces program by providing support to French communities and New Canadians. Contact us today!
A special Faith & the Common Good edition of the Peace & Environment news was published in Autumn 2016. Take a look at this Special Section highlighting Greening Sacred Spaces efforts in Ottawa! (LINK TO Peace & Environment News – Greening Sacred Spaces Insider – Fall 2016)
The Ottawa Chapter is working with EnviroCentre’s Carbon613 to promote this program to local faith communities. More information is available below under Local Resources or on the EnviroCentre website.
The “10 Mission Per Square Foot Case Studies” document was published in 2015, profiling diverse faith communities who are fully and sustainably utilizing their buildings in service to their mission and the larger community. Read about these local examples here (Link to PDF).
Don’t forget about Green Audit opportunities!
Faith communities can sign up for Green Audits to identify cost and energy saving opportunities. Anglican churches can further benefit from their denomination’s special program supporting the Green Audit. More details can be found at the Anglican website.
Kitchen waste reduction is just one of many suggestions a Green Audit can provide to save money and reduce your environmental impact! Over 30 faith communities in the Ottawa area have completed Green & Energy audits!
The Greening Sacred Spaces “Guide to Going Solar” document is available in the Faith & The Common Good resource library.
Local FCG Newsletter
Example of FCG Ottawa Chapter’s Newsletter – sent out 4 – 6 times a year.
The FCG – Ottawa Chapter Newsletter includes environmental news for faith communities, upcoming local events, and updates on programs and resources that can help you with your Care for Creation initiatives in the Ottawa Region!
Click here to subscribe to the local Ottawa Chapter Faith & The Common Good newsletter.
When subscribing – please note: Just select “Local” as your subscription and then select “Ottawa” under the Chapter section. You also have the option to subscribe to both the National and Local newsletters on the same online form.
Past Ottawa Chapter Newsletter Editions
Greening Sacred Spaces Awards
Congratulations to the recent Greening Sacred Spaces Award Winners:
Sheng Shen (Holy Spirit) Parish
Their efforts include a Prayer Garden (both food & ornamental/native), their active Youth Green Team, green practices including energy-saving lighting, updating windows, doors & thermostat, composting, recycling, car pooling, and yearly yard sale to encourage reuse) and a social justice program.
St. Luke’s Anglican Church
Their efforts include an energy audit, replacing windows, doors, updating heating and ventilation, being the pilot site for tracking energy use, retrofit of the nave of the church (in an env. friendly effort with mobile pulpit, altar, organ and font + recycled furniture + sustainable floor material), coining the term: “Mission Per Square Foot” with St. Luke’s Table and office space and a bike clinic and community garden
Also the first individual award is presented to: Dr. Lenore Fahrig for her outstanding sustainable leadership that she has given on faith group divestment of shares in carbon intensive companies
Their efforts include raising $30,000 for energy retrofits, an active Development & Peace team, participation in Cleaning the Capital, green practices including energy audit, replacing lights & windows, recycling, water conservation and other efforts, recycling of goods and youth engagement that included farm planting.
Ongoing – Community Garden Development Fund for Ottawa (no deadline – but submit as early as possible for 2017!)
If you wish to build a new garden for 2017, please be in touch with the CGN coordinator at the contact information below:
Jordan Bouchard – Coordinator
(613) 699-6850 x 12
Earth Weekend in the Hills
Thursday April 20 – Saturday April 22
Full Program online
The Salvific Power of Beauty for Spirituality, Ecology and Justice
Friday April 21 – Sunday April 23
Kitchissippi United Church in partnership with Madawaska Institute for Religion and Culture
Link to Online Poster.
Old Homes – Earth Day Event
10 am to 3 pm – April 22
Glebe Community Centre
More details on Planet Friendly Online Calendar.
Earth Day Family Celebration
11 am to 3 pm, April 22
Minwaashin Lodge, 1155 Lola Street
Link to Facebook Event Page.
Ottawa Park Summit
1 pm to 5 pm, April 22
Ecology Ottawa + Park People
More details and registration online.
River Ward – Earth Day Event
2 pm to 4 pm, April 22
Hunt Club-Riverside Park Community Centre
More details online here.
Voices of Earth: Earth Day Concert
7:30 pm, April 22
Centretown United Church (507 Bank St.)
Performed by local choir Tone Cluster (from Green Living Ottawa Earth Day list)
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (Ottawa) Earth Day Blog post
April 26, 2017 – China and Global Green Prosperity
7:30 pm at Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks St., Ottawa (between Bay St. and Bronson Ave)
Free parking on site off of Sparks St., handicapped access
May 7, 2017 – Spring Clean Up of Bronson Park
1 – 3 pm, at Bronson Park (intersection of Albert Street and Commissioner Street – one block west of Bronson Ave)
All are welcome, refreshments provided. Organized by St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Care for Creation Committee
For more information, please contact Tania Boutilier (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thursday, May 11 2017 – “Celebrating the Spirit of Creation” Green Churches Forum
One day workshop at Saint Paul University, 223 Main Street, Ottawa
May 18, 2017 – Public Heroes Awards Ceremony
6:30 – 9:30 pm Dinner Included, 335 Michael Cowpland Drive (Link to Eventbrite page)
Intercultural Dialogue Institute-Ottawa with Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Fire Service, Ottawa Paramedic Service
May 22 – International Biological Diversity Day (Link to Convention on Biological Diversity website)
May 25, 2017 – Great Lakes Student Rally
Will kick off a campaign to recruit 150 classes to engage in Water Docs @ School Action Projects in the following school year beginning in September 2017. (Link to PDF – see Youth Program Page 2)
June 5, 2017 – World Environment Day (Canada to host for 2017)
June 17, 2017 – What The Bees Know: Lessons From The Beehive
10:00 to 5:00 – Ecological Somatic Workshop
Almonte, Ontario, Spirit Matters Retreat Centre (Link to Eventbrite page)
**Please tell us about your local events and we’ll be happy to spread the word! Email the Ottawa FCG Chapter if you have an event you’d like us to share on this page and in our newsletter.
Carbon 613 is Enviro Centre‘s made-in-Ottawa, target-based sustainability program for business. The program is creating a network of like-minded businesses that are embedding sustainability into their operations and gaining a competitive advantage. Find out how sustainability is in business’ best interest: Carbon613 pdf or visit Enviro Centre’s website for more info.
Community Energy Network
The Community Energy Network (CEN) is an Eastern-Ontario network of non-profits, businesses, community groups, municipalities, and others who are dedicated to promoting clean and renewable energy, and energy conservation in Eastern Ontario. For more information, or to have your faith community take the Clean Energy Pledge, visit www.community-energy.ca
Green Page for Ottawa Presbytery
The Ottawa Presbytery of the United Church has set up a green page. Keep up to date with what the United Church is doing locally to be more green, here.
Environmental Stewardship Page for Archdiocese of Ottawa
Tools and resources to help encourage and support the education of the faith community regarding the moral imperative for all to serve as Stewards of Creation. Includes: Church Teachings and Relevant Documentation, Advocacy, Actions, Prayers and Reflections, Parish Bulletin Entries and Appreciation ideas. Visit Catholic Diocese: Environmental Stewardship.
Peace & Environment News
This community paper often carries stories and notices about Greening Sacred Spaces events. Help support their great work by visiting www.perc.ca, and checking out the E-PEN online paper.
Greening Sacred Spaces now has its own YouTube Channel. Visit us at www.youtube.com/users/GreeningSacredSpaces and check out the videos!
Email email@example.com if you have a video you’d like to add.