Urban Tree Conservation By-law: review

Come to a community meeting to develop and discuss citizen-led changes to the Urban Tree Conservation By-law.

This by-law is important because it seeks to conserve larger trees on private property in the urban core. The City of Ottawa is undertaking a review of the bylaw this year. The meeting will provide residents with an opportunity to formulate ideas on how this by-law can better meet its objectives.

When?  Saturday, March 3, 2018 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Where? Champlain Park fieldhouse, 140 Cowley Ave.

Mark your calendar, and plan to attend this event on March 3.

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Reducing Waste

The Community Associations for Environmental Sustainability (CAFES) and Waste Watch Ottawa (WWO) met February 10, 2018 to discuss ways to encourage residents and the City of Ottawa to reduce waste, including single-use plastic bags, styro-foam, plastic straws, etc. See the pdf below for the reviewed notes on the meeting, and next steps.

 

Reviewed NOTES – CAFES and WWO meeting Feb 10 2018 & Planned Follow Up

Renewable Energy

People gathered in the CPCA Fieldhouse on February 15 to hear from the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op on how they contribute to buildding a local energy supply through smart investments in solar energy. See their site for more information. In our neighbourhood, Steve Cumbaa (Keyworth Avenue) has graciously prepared a short note on his experience with solar panels, which you can access as a pdf, below.

 

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Documenting the benefits of trees

Three blocks of trees in the residential neighbourhood of Champlain Park in Kitchissippi Ward (394 trees in all) bring an annual flow of benefits to residents valued at $41, 924 (using the US Forestry Services I-Tree calculator). Imagine the flow of benefits of the Greenbelt and all the other trees in residential areas in Ottawa!

The Neighbourwoods in Champlain Park tree inventory is inspired by Neighbourwoods, an ambitious initiative taking root in communities across Ontario.  Check out these infographics on the inventory and another on the financial benefits to residents in the form of energy consumed, storm water filtered,  air quality improved, and carbon stored.