Community Associations for Environmental Sustainability

Here is what has been happening at CAFES in recent months!

CAFES joins community organizations and City of Ottawa in standing against Bill 23

CAFES, with the People's Official Plan Coalition, is supporting the City of Ottawa in opposing Doug Ford's Bill 23. This omnibus housing legislation is a threat to environmental, social and economic well-being and it must be withdrawn. Read more below. Join us for a rally at City Hall Plaza this Tuesday, November 15th from 1-2pm […]

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CAFES opposes zoning amendments to allow four tower high rise development at 1015 Tweddle Road

On October 27th, Ottawa's Planning Committee voted on a motion to amend zoning by-laws to allow for a development of four towers (2 28 storey, one 32 storey and one 24 story) adjacent to the provincially significant wetland at Petrie Island. Three public delegations were made, including an Orleans resident, Greenspace Alliance, and CAFES Chair […]

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Tree rescue October 2022

On October 15th, 2022, CAFES Ottawa, Ecology Ottawa, and Forêt Capitale Forest came together, in order to rescue trees, give away tree saplings, and find new homes for tree saplings. All three organizations worked very hard to get the job done.  The tree giveaway was fairly successful. A large number of volunteers travelled to the […]

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Mayoral Debates on the environment

Between August and the end of September, CAFES held four Mayoral Debates on the Environment. The events took the form of panel discussions and question & answer followed by candidates' meet and greet with residents. You can access all of the footage for the debates and more by visiting our page Mayoral Debates on the […]

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Citizen Climate Counsel, 2022 Climate Progress Account

What has the City of Ottawa’s progress been on its climate action goals? A member of  CAFES’ network, Citizen Climate Counsel (C3), is launching a 2022 Climate Progress Account report that answers this question.  C3 diligently tracked all of the City of Ottawa’s 159 milestones outlined in their various climate plans: Climate Change Master Plan, […]

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CAFES at SMARTNet's Sustainability Showcase 2022

Yesterday CAFES participated in the 2022 SMARTNet Sustainability Showcase! The day was full including panel discussions and ask the expert sessions on topics including transitioning to a low-carbon future, heat pumps, passive homes and energy retrofits. Attendees were also invited to try out an EV test drive. CAFES had a table set up alongside other […]

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Ottawa Climate Strike September 2022

On Friday, September 23rd, members of CAFES joined hundreds of people at Ottawa’s Global Climate Strike to demand meaningful climate action from multiple levels of government. The event began at Confederation Park where protesters gathered with their creative banners and signs, including signs offered up by march-organizers Fridays for Future Ottawa.  We were delighted to […]

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Ottawa Magazine interviews CAFES Executive Director Angela Keller-Herzog

Ottawa Magazine recently published a piece called Election 22: investing in a net-zero future on funding climate action to achieve Ottawa’s climate targets. CAFES Executive Director Angela Keller-Herzog was interviewed along with other Ottawa climate leaders. You can read the article here.

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POP Letter to the Ministry

Ottawa City Council approved the new Official Plan on October 27th, 2021. It now comes to the Ministry for review and final approval. The People's Official Plan alliance seeks to summarize some of the concerns regarding this plan in a letter to the Ministry.

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Home Energy Retrofits

The City of Ottawa and the Government of Canada declared a climate emergency in 2019. Our City is committed to accelerating local efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Homes and buildings produce almost half of the greenhouse gas emissions in Ottawa today.

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