CFICE’s Community Environmental Sustainability Hub
The Community Environmental Sustainability (CES) hub funded community-driven community-campus demonstration projects.
The CES hub functioned at the local level in three key communities: Ottawa, Peterborough, and Haliburton. These projects focused on:
- Increasing community environmental sustainability
- Reducing individual and collective ecological footprints, (i.e., human impact on the environment)
- Strengthening a community’s ability to deal with environmental changes
- Leads to a greater ability to withstand changes in the environment (i.e. resilience)
- Reduces individual and collective ecological footprints (i.e. human impact on the environment)
- Mitigates climate change locally
Over the course of Phase I, the hub collected a lot of lessons with respect to community-campus engagement in the environmental sustainability sector. You can read about their findings in this 2-page PDF backgrounder.
Community Environmental Sustainability News, Resources, and Research
Check out the CES Hub’s news, resources, and research below.
Monday, December 19, 2016
Day 19 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: Recycling E-Waste
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA What did you do with the old batteries when tested and changed the smoke detector and TV remote controls? When you upgraded your cell phone, what did you do with your old one? What about your retired desktop computer and monitor? Did you know that old electronics and...
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Day 18 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: Gear Swaps
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA Outdoor gear is expensive! And it's always a bummer when you get it out of storage only to find that it no longer fits. From ski boots to snow pants to rain jackets, it happens to everyone but that doesn't make it any less disappointing when it happens...
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Day 17 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: Second Hand Shopping
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA With all the holidays that amalgamate in December, it quickly becomes an expensive month of spending and buying. It's hard on the bank and hard on the environment. And it only contributes to the consumer culture that exists today. As you may remember, yesterday we learned that 85%...
Friday, December 16, 2016
Report: Community Environmental Sustainability Hub Evaluation Synthesis
Over the course of 2016, CFICE's hubs engaged in a systematic evaluation to figure out what we've learned from Phase I of CFICE. This evaluation report synthesizes and summarizes the findings from the Community Environmental Sustainability (CES) Ottawa Hub, lead by Patricia Ballamingie at Carleton University. The creation of this report involved...
Friday, December 16, 2016
Day 16 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: Cleaning out the Closet
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA Now that winter is settling in and you’re adjusting nicely to the temperature. Unpacking winter clothing and sweaters, it's time to retire your summer clothing. *sigh* Before you do though, take some time to sort through it. Is there anything that you don’t wear anymore? That doesn't fit?...
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Day 15 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: Adjust the Thermostat
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA Heating bills can be expensive, but with winter settling in and recent snow falls, the cold weather is already upon us and you probably already have your thermostat cranked up. Am I right? We get it, really, nobody likes to be cold and working or living in a...
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Day 14 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: Soap Nut Laundry Detergent
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA Laundry detergents can be hard for your skin and clothes. They contain a lot of chemicals and companies are not required to provide a list of ingredients, which means you have to do the research about what you’re washing your clothes with. It can be difficult and frustrating...
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Day 13 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Carpooling
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA Travelling and driving can be stressful, especially in bad weather conditions with ice and snow covering the roads. But even in the winter you still have to get to work/school; it can't be a snow day everyday. According to the 2010 Canadian Census, Canadian workers take an average...
Monday, December 12, 2016
Day 12 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: Take shorter showers
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA We challenge you to take a shower in under 8 minutes! This is the average time it takes to have a shower, which uses approximately 18 gallons of water. By reducing your shower by 2 minutes it can save 6 gallons of water! Water does wonders! It's a...
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Day 11 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: An Environmental Lunch
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA Yummmm! Lunch time is hands down the best part of any day! (We can debate this statement later) And while we’re making the rest of our day environmentally sustainable, why not make lunch environmental and sustainable too? Instead of purchasing your lunch and having waste and packaging to...
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Day 10 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: Air Drying your Laundry
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA Have you ever done your laundry and taken the clothes out of the dryer to find that your favourite shirt has shrunk? Or that your athletic clothes are losing their elasticity? Or noticed that your socks are slowly shrinking in numbers as they are mysteriously disappearing in the...
Friday, December 9, 2016
Day 9 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: Recycling Food Waste by Composting
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA Whether you already have one or you're thinking of starting one, today we’re going to talk about composting. Composting is a super effective way to reduce household waste by diverting biodegradable material away from landfills. It also returns valuable nutrients to the soil, so you’ll have some great...
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Day 7 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: Reduce Water Twice Daily when Brushing your Teeth
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA Water conservation often starts with the little things. Like we saw on December 5th with the leaky taps: a little bit can really add up! Today let's take it one step further after fixing our leaky taps, let's remember to turn off the taps when we brush our...
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Day 6 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: Alternative Holiday Cards
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA Everyone likes receiving snail mail, with the exception of bills and junk mail that is. There's something so personal and meaningful about receiving mail that leaves you with a warm fuzzy feeling, knowing that someone is thinking of you. It's a reminder in the busyness of the month...
Monday, December 5, 2016
Day 5 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: The Leaky Tap
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA Drip, drip, drip. That's the sound of your leaky tap. Although it doesn't sound like much, it adds up! The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the average household leak can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted in a year! That's equivalent to 270 loads of...
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Day 4 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: Locavores! From Farm to Table
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA Whether you’re a self-proclaimed locavore or just a lover of food, today, let's eat local! I’m sure you’ve heard of the now global trend of eating within a hundred mile radius. This trend is all thanks to Vancouverites Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon and their year-long local food experiment,...
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Day 3 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December:Shopping bags
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA Picture this: You’re at the grocery store picking up a few things for dinner and you’re waiting in line for the cashier. When it's your turn, the cashier starts ringing in your items and asks if you need any bags. Do you? Think about it, do you really...
Friday, December 2, 2016
Day 2 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: Ditch Plastic for Reusable Water Bottles
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA Back again! Today, let’s talk about reducing waste by using reusable water bottles. I’m sure we’ve all heard that drinking about 8 glasses of water daily is optimal for staying hydrated and healthy. That's about 2 litres, or 3 regular sized plastic water bottles daily! And if you...
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Day 1 of 31 Days for an Environmentally Friendly December: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA A pinch and a punch for the first of the month! December 1st is here! For today, I want to start with the basics and take a look at the legendary 3R’s, and I don't mean reading, writing, and arithmetic. *Laugh* Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle These are...
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
31 Days of an Environmentally Friendly December: Daily Tips
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA December is almost upon us! We know December is a busy month--we’re busy too. It's an apocalyptic month, no joke! Made only slightly better when compared with the mass panic that ensues on Black Friday and Cyber Monday every year. For many of you, December is like the final...
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
To Include Flying in Environmental Impact Measurement or Not
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA Flying contributes greatly to global warming and greenhouse gas emissions. Climate scientists propose that emissions need to be radically cut by 90% by 2050. This would involve change in all aspects of society and our lives. Change.org recently released a petition calling on universities and professional...
Friday, November 11, 2016
Being a Better Broker: Lessons Learned from the CBRNO
by Colton Brydges, Ottawa CCE Brokering working group RA A city like Ottawa presents so many opportunities and challenges for people or groups who want to promote social change. There are countless government departments, 3 universities, 2 colleges (and even more in Gatineau), and third sector organizations of all sizes and functions, from large...
Friday, October 14, 2016
Education and Exploration in the Haliburton Highlands
Jenna Snelgrove, Community Environmental Sustainability (Peterborough-Haliburton) hub RA As a CFICE research assistant working with Sheila Ziman at the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust and Heather Reid at Abbey Gardens, both located in Haliburton, and U-links with Marie Gage, I have received the opportunity, working with Trent University Professors...
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Plain Language Podcast: Community Connectivity: Cultivating Sustainability, Influence and Place in Old Ottawa East
This plain language podcast provides a summary of Larissa Barry-Thibodeau's thesis titled Community Connectivity: Cultivating Sustainability, Influence and Place in Old Ottawa East. This research was conducted in partnership with Sustainable Living Ottawa East (SLOE) and CFICE. It explored the strengths of facilities, amenities, and services...
Monday, September 26, 2016
Report: Climate Change and the Residential Development Industry in Ottawa, Canada
[Link to report below] The City of Ottawa, Canada’s capital, is growing and transitioning. Growth is fueled by an influx of new residents attracted by the region’s employment prospects and quality of life. Growth is also fueled by a development industry operating on a decades-old model of low-density planning, and by consumers who prefer...
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Catching up with past CFICE Students – Michael Lait
by Mitchell White-Richard, CFICE Volunteer As CFICE is now entering into Phase II of its seven-year SSHRC-funded action research project, it is important to look back in reflection and recognize how far we’ve come, and some of the people who have helped in getting us to where we are today. Michael Lait is one of...
Friday, September 9, 2016
Humans of CFICE: Colton Brydges
by Colton Brydges, CFICE CCE Brokering Working Group RA Having just returned from Ottawa this year, Colton Brydges recently began working as a research assistant with CFICE’s Community-Campus Engagement Brokering working group as part of the Ottawa Brokerage Table. After spending the past year and a half in Hiroshima, Japan as a children’s...
Friday, August 12, 2016
Environmental Education to Encourage Local Land Stewardship
by Jenna Snelgrove, Community Environmental Sustainability (Peterborough-Haliburton) hub RA As the CFICE Research Assistant for Haliburton Highlands Land Trust and Abbey Gardens I am creating educational events that highlight the natural features and land stewardship activities of each of these organizations. In order to gain a better appreciation...
Monday, July 11, 2016
Active Neighbourhoods Canada helps Peterborough’s citizens engage
by Mimi Ye, CFICE Volunteer The Active Neighbourhoods Canada (ANC) Peterborough is a participatory planning project that seeks to find more meaningful ways to engage citizens in urban planning. For Peterborough’s Stewart Street neighbourhood, the ANC Peterborough project empowers community residents and local organizations to collaboratively...
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Partners in Action: Sustainable Living Ottawa East
by Amy Richardson, CFICE Communications RA Sustainable Living Ottawa East (SLOE) is one of Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement’s (CFICE) community partners in the Community Environmental Sustainability Hub. Since 2007, SLOE has been working to make a difference in the community of Old Ottawa East. A network of like-minded people...
Monday, June 20, 2016
Take Nothing but Pictures, Leave Nothing Behind: Tips for Environmentally Friendly Camping
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Volunteer It’s the first day of summer. The weather is getting warmer and camping season is upon us! Whether you’re planning a relaxing weekend away from the bustling city or you’re a regular outdoors person, camping is a phenomenal way to connect with friends and family, meet new people, and get...
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
New Convivium Cohousing project in Old Ottawa East
by Ron Finnigan, CFICE Volunteer Convivium Cohousing is a new housing project that explores innovative housing for older adults in Old Ottawa East. Lynne Markell, the Chair of the non-profit organization, Convivium Cohousing for Seniors Incorporated, summarized the housing project with the statement: “You know how they talk about aging in place....
Monday, May 30, 2016
Partners in Action: Trent Community Research Centre
by Amy Richardson, CFICE Communications RA The Trent Community Research Centre in Peterborough, Ont. is just one of the many partners of the Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) project. Since 1996, the Centre has been matching Trent University students with research projects derived from questions in the community. John...
Friday, May 27, 2016
Citizens’ Forum to develop Stewart St. Neighbourhood Plan, Peterborough
By Tessa Nasca, Community Environmental Sustainability (Pbto/Halib) Hub This semester, the Active Neighbourhoods Canada (ANC) Peterborough project engaged a group of seven Masters of Planning students from Ryerson University in the development of a “Neighbourhood Plan” for the Stewart St. Neighbourhood. As a part of their final...
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Extending the Harvest: 3 Ways to Keep Eating Home-Grown Food in Winter
by Omar Elsharkawy, CFICE Admin RA We have to part ways with the warm weather at some point. Usually by November at the latest, plants will die off and we will have to wait until April to start growing our favorite fruits, vegetables, and herbs outside again. But just because our crops aren't growing outdoors during...