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.
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...
Friday, May 13, 2016
How to Maintain Your Garden
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Volunteer You’ve planted your garden, now what? Gardening is an excellent and rewarding hands-on learning experience. It’s also a great way to contribute to environmental sustainability and will help save money along the way. Whether it’s a community garden or one in your own backyard, gardening is also a fantastic...
Thursday, May 5, 2016
GottaGo! study uncovers issues with City of Ottawa bathrooms
An article published by the Ottawa Citizen May 4, 2016 reports on a GottaGo! study, completed by Masters of Social Work students from Carleton University, that has found City of Ottawa public bathrooms wanting. Over the course of this year, a group of social work grad students partnered with GottaGo! to complete a study reviewing the...
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Tips for Starting Your Own Community Garden
by Omar Elsharkawy, CFICE Admin RA As explored in the last blog post, gardening has many benefits. Gardening and growing your own food increases community food security, contributes to environmental sustainability, and will help you save money. In addition, community gardening contributes to a greater sense of community for the people involved....
Monday, April 18, 2016
Student Innovation in CCE Work in Peterborough
by John Marris, Community Co-lead, Community Environmental Sustainability (Peterborough/Haliburton) Hub On April 7th the Trent Community Research Centre, one of CFICE's Community Environmental Sustainability (CES) hub partners in Peterborough/Haliburton, in cooperation with Trent University and Fleming College, hosted the annual Community...
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
GottaGo! campaigners cheer new public-toilet apps
On March 31, 2016, the Ottawa Citizen released a piece updating readers on the progression of the GottaGo! campaign. One of the partners of CFICE's Community Environmental Sustainability Hub, GottaGo! is an advocacy group campaigning for a network of public toilets in Ottawa. Back in October 2015, they were in the process of lobbying...
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
‘Tis the season for gardening!
by Omar Elsharkawy, CFICE Admin RA Summer is almost upon us. Time to stop worrying about shovelling your driveway and start thinking about gardening. What better way to start gardening than by joining (or starting your own) community garden with your neighbors and fellow community members? For those who don’t know, community gardens are...
Monday, April 11, 2016
Humans of CFICE: Brianna Salmon
by Amy Richardson, CFICE Communications RA The Community Environmental Sustainability (CES) hub at Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) works towards facilitating community-campus partnerships to increase environmental sustainability. The CES hub functions at the local level in three key communities across Ontario: Ottawa,...
Friday, March 25, 2016
Documenting insights gleaned as academic researchers in CCE
by Magda Goemans, CFICE CES (Ottawa) Hub RA In the Community Environmental Sustainability (CES) Ottawa Hub, we are about to share reflections on the day-to-day experience of community-campus engagement (CCE) in the upcoming release of the edited volume Seeking Equity and Inclusion in Canadian Municipalities, to be published by McGill-Queen’s...
Monday, March 14, 2016
We want to hear from YOU!
Have your say. Take our survey! Have you heard? CFICE is making some exciting new changes! As was proposed in our initial SSHRC application, CFICE is getting ready to transition to Phase II of our work. In order to transition smoothly, we want to hear from YOU regarding how you might want to be...
Monday, March 7, 2016
CFICE-Active Neighbourhoods Canada Peterborough project gathers feedback
by Tessa Nasca, CFICE RA, with Nadine Changfoot, Community Environmental Sustainability hub (Peterborough/Haliburton) Academic Co-lead The Active Neighbourhoods Canada (ANC) CFICE demonstration project is underway in Peterborough, Ontario. The project, which is a part of a national network of twelve projects that use participatory design towards a...
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Presentation: Community Economic Development via CCE
This presentation, given by Todd Barr, Former Community Co-lead of the Community Environmental Sustainability (CES) Hub, outlines a few of CES Peterborough/Haliburton's community campus partnership projects from 2013. This presentation was given as part of a workshop at the 2013 GUNI Conference, held at Polytechnic University of Catalonia,...
Friday, February 26, 2016
Congratulations to CFICE’s CES Co-lead, Professor Ballamingie
On February 23, our own Community Environmental Sustainability hub (Ottawa) academic co-lead, Professor Trish Ballamingie, was awarded a Carleton University Faculty Graduate Mentor Award for her dedication and her ability to inspire the graduate students with whom she works. We are very proud to have her energy and enthusiasm as part of the...
Friday, February 12, 2016
Infographic: How do CES (Ottawa) Hub partners understand community sustainability?
How do the Community Environmental Sustainability (CES) (Ottawa) hub partners understand community sustainability? In what ways has CFICE contributed to their goals? Check out our infographic to find out! Click on the infographic to open it in a new window. You can then use the zoom tool to make the infographic larger. Read the plain...
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Patricia Ballamingie speaks to Ottawa Magazine about Food Security in Ontario
In her role as the chair of Just Food, a local not-for-profit organization that advocates for vibrant, just, and sustainable food and farming systems in the Ottawa region (and also a Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) Community Food Security hub partner organization), Patricia Ballamingie spoke this week with Ottawa Magazine...
Monday, February 8, 2016
CFICE members participate in Carleton Hosted Community Engagement Event
Even before the Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) project was born, our researchers and community partners have been interested and engaged in community-focused research and on-the-ground work. A part of this history of engagement is explored in CarletonNow's recent article "Making Community Connections: Carleton Hosting...
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Humans of CFICE: Jason Garlough
by Amy Richardson, CFICE Communications RA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qPjfHoM2Ao Community brokering is one of the models Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) uses to get the community more engaged with local institutions and resources. Jason Garlough, executive director of Ottawa Eco-Talent Network (OETN), helps to...
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Plain Language Podcast: Dahl Forest Wetlands Report
Based on the report, Herpetiles of the Dahl Forest Wetlands, CFICE’s latest podcast highlights some unique facts about the frogs, snakes and turtles you might see on a Dahl Forest hike. Located in Haliburton County, this 500-acre nature reserve straddles 2.7 kilometres of the nearby Burnt River, revealing highly diverse habitats, flora and...
Monday, January 25, 2016
Community First and Community-Trent Partnerships
by Nadine Changfoot, Community Environmental Sustainability hub (Peterborough/Haliburton) Academic Co-lead, with Annette Pedlar, POST Research Assistant On January 13, Trent University's Masters of Sustainability Studies (MASS) Colloquium featured the work of local community leaders, students and faculty. This event was brought together by the...
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Todd Barr, former CES co-lead, leaves CFICE inspired for next adventure
By Lily Haines, KMb RA Five years ago, a research proposal landed on Todd Barr’s desk. It happened to be CFICE’s grant application for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, passed along for review. Little did he know, the paper actually marked the beginning of a new chapter in Todd’s life...
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Building the case for a cohousing community in Greystone Village
by Kelsey Curtis, CFICE Volunteer Nestled between Main Street, the Rideau River and St. Paul's University, is 26 acres formerly known as the Oblate lands. This space, currently owned by The Regional Group, an Ottawa real-estate developer, is what the Innovative Housing for Older Adults (IHOA) group hopes will one day be the site...
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
The Future of Food is Local
By Julie Bourassa, CFICE Volunteer Food sustainability and climate change are increasingly urgent and intertwined issues. From the way we produce and package our food, to how much we consume – our relationship with food is not sustainable. While these are global issues, a powerful solution can be found in our very own local...
Friday, October 16, 2015
GottaGo! making progress in Ottawa
By Amy Richardson, CFICE Communications RA Ottawa is getting a little closer to relief. “We’ve won some very important victories in terms of toilets at Bayview and Hurdman,” says Joan Kuyek, chair of Ottawa’s GottaGo! Campaign. GottaGo!, an advocacy group campaigning for a network of public toilets in Ottawa, has lobbied to the city...
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Position: Summer Outreach Coordinator with SolarShare
Position: Summer Outreach Coordinator Organization: TREC / SolarShare http://www.solarbonds.ca Location: Toronto, Ontario Start Date: May 1, 2015 End Date: August 28, 2015 Wage: $16/ hr About TREC TREC Renewable Energy Co-operative (TREC) is an incorporated, not-for-profit organization that has been working for more than 10 years to develop...
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Dirt Roads and Highways: Reforming Municipal Governance and Government in Alberta
Free Webinar Like many other provinces in Canada, and indeed comparable jurisdictions around the world, Albertan municipalities are increasingly faced with challenges that can be directly linked to their fiscal, policy and political relationships with the province. Even as the province develops and moves toward implementation of more integrated,...
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
ProWalk ProBike ProPlace Conference Reflection
My name is Tessa Nasca and I am a Masters of Sustainability Studies student at Trent University. Through the Sustainability Studies program and the Trent Centre for Community Based Education, I will be engaging in a participatory urban planning project called Active Neighbourhoods Canada [ANC]. The ANC project (a part of CFICE Community...
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Larissa Barry-Thibodeau’s Undergraduate experience
Even though the overall trajectory of Larissa Barry-Thibodeau’s undergraduate experience is unique, it will hopefully not remain that way for long as community-based research is increasingly endorsed as a pedagogical tool, even for undergraduate students. To be sure, Larissa’s undergraduate experience was common in some ways, such as her...
Thursday, April 17, 2014
New CES Hub Research Assistants
Introducing Two CES Hub Research Assistants for Year 2. Magda Goemans Michael Lait The Community Environmental Sustainability (CES) Hub of the CFICE project aims to promote local actions that reduce carbon and ecological footprints, mitigate climate change, and lead to...
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Deep Green Experts Forum
At the Deep Green Experts Forum at Carleton University, a panel of experts shared sustainability options for the future development of the Oblate properties along the Rideau River with a community audience on March 22. Hosted by the Community Environment Hub (CES) of CFICE, the panel included: Carleton faculty City of Ottawa and National...
Monday, April 7, 2014
Report: Deep Green Experts Forum
On March 22, 2014, Michael Lait from the Community Environmental Sustainability Hub (CES) attended Sustainable Living Ottawa East's Deep Green Experts Forum that took place at Carleton University in the River Building. Click here to read Michael's article on the event. Prior to this event, Sustainable Living Ottawa East created a preliminary...
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Report: Deep Green preliminary research report is now available
The following report outlines options and approaches for the sustainable development of the Oblate lands in Old Ottawa East. The development of the Oblate lands, which will be able to accommodate 3,000 new residents, presents a rare opportunity to implement “deep” sustainability performance and quality of life in the heart of Ottawa. The...
Monday, October 21, 2013
Invitation to Submit Community- Engaged Works to CES4Health
Submit products of your community-engaged work for peer-reviewed publication and dissemination through CES4Health! CES4Health publishes diverse products of community-based participatory research and other forms of community-engaged scholarship - including videos, policy briefs, resource guides and online toolkits. Basically, any product in...
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Presentation: CFICE Members Present at GUNI 2013
Todd Barr, Co-Lead of the Community Environmental Sustainability Hub presented Leadership and Collaboration for Regional Economic Prosperity and Sustainable Development - at the GUNI Conference 2013, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, 2013 Edward Jackson, Katherine Graham, and Todd Barr presented, Education &...
Friday, September 6, 2013
Community Environmental Sustainability Research Assistant Phd Graduate Highlighted on Carleton Website
Earlier this month, Gary Martin was granted his PhD in Geography from Carleton University. Until recently a research assistant with the Community Environmental Sustainability Hub focusing on the SLOE project in Ottawa, Gary worked closely on his thesis with Hub Co-Lead Trish Ballamingie. His intellectual and professional journal was profiled by...