About Us

Who We Are

Ottawa is the Nation’s Capital, the gem of the North, and considered one of the best places to live in the world. From the beautiful shores of the Ottawa River and Rideau Canal to the breathtaking tulips at Commissioners Park to the rolling Gatineau Hills across the border, the entire National Capital Region is an icon of natural beauty and diversity. We’d like to keep it that way – and make it an even better, greener, safer, healthier place for the residents, animals, and plants who call this stretch of land home. We take pride in meeting with organic, green brands in order to learn about how local businesses incorporate green living in their business model.

What does green living mean to us? Reduce our ecological impact. Protect green spaces. Improve water and air quality. Promote sustainability. Reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost. Commit to ethical practices. Honour nature. Defend biodiversity. At Ottawa Living Green, that is our daily pledge.

Susan Richards, CEO and Co-Founder, Givopoly

I find it so important to support local, environmentally-conscious businesses doing their part to support the environment. Better environmental practices and sustainability starts at home and everyone's efforts, however small they may seem, count towards the overall cause.
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Our Mission

What we Do

Educate

The Community
Making a lifestyle change for the better starts with understanding the consequences of modern urban living. From global issues like the perils of climate change to local concerns like the status of the endangered spotted turtle, we strive to educate and inform.

Lead

The Eco Way
Environmental leadership starts in the heart, continues in the home, and radiates outward from the local to global community. We strive to lead the way in all matters of eco, green, sustainable living.

Unite

Around Green Living
The global stage starts in your own backyard. From starting vegetable gardens to volunteering at waste cleanups to supporting local farmers and vendors who support farm to table, organic, eat local initiatives, our community is green.

Improve

Our City
Ottawa is already a great place to live, but we know it can be even better. We want to make Ottawa not just the best city in the world, but set a worldwide example for a modern eco city.

Our Goal

What We Want

Healthy

Green Planet
We want our city to be at the forefront in terms of environmental protection and sustainability. This eco beacon on Parliament Hill will radiate outward and make a worldwide impact.

Why Green Matters

In Ottawa:

60+ SPECIES AT RISK

CALL OTTAWA HOME

18K+ TONNES

OF GARBAGE DIVERTED BY GREEN BIN PROGRAM (2013)

62K+ TONNES

RECYCLING COLLECTED

4.0 HA/1K RESIDENTS

TARGET OTTAWA GREENSPACE

We Can Do Better

What You Can Do

For A Greener Ottawa

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Compost

    Use the city-provided green, blue, and black bins to divert garbage from landfills. Consider starting a backyard compost.

  • Greenify Your Home

    Upgrade to high-efficiency appliances, lighting, and low-flow toilets. Practice water conservation. Use sustainable building materials.

  • Live Your Best Life

    Run along the Ottawa River. Plant a tree. When winter comes, go skating along the Rideau Canal. Observe, explore, and honour our natural, local environment.

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