City grants funds to grassroots groups to green Ottawa

The City of Ottawa today announced the names of the recipients who will receive funds to improve and preserve the environment through the Community Environmental Projects Grants Program (CEPGP).

This year the City received 23 submissions and awarded grants to 15 recipients, including:

- Environment Committee of the Rockcliffe Park Residents Association’s “Buckthorn Stump removal in UNA 176 – Caldwell-Carver Conservation Area”
- Ottawa Riverkeeper-Sentinelle Outaouais’ “Ripple Effect” (developing an interactive online tool encouraging residents to adopt household water efficiency actions)
- Friends of the Jock River’s “Spring Tree Plant 2011 at Twin Elm on Jock River”
- Ecole Secondaire Gisèle-Lalonde – PROJECT KARYNE’s “Solar Boat & Car Race”
- Kanata Canada Day Inc.’s “Aiming for Zero Footprint Canada Day – 2011”
- Ottawa Region Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council’s “Ottawa EcoLogical Student Design Competition”

For a complete list of recipients, visit ottawa.ca/cepgp.

“Creating a cleaner, healthier environment for the entire planet may appear to be a daunting task,” said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. “However, commitment starts in our own backyard, and the ripple effect can span the entire city and beyond. This program turns local environmental commitment into action and contributes to a greener, more sustainable city where everyone can live, work and play.”

The program provides funding for small-scale, community-based initiatives managed by non-profit organizations, aimed at improving and preserving the environment. A total of $50,000 is available each year, subject to City Council approval.

“Through CEPGP, the City of Ottawa supports grassroots environmental initiatives and fosters innovation,” said River Ward Councillor Maria McRae, Chair of the Environment Committee. “At the same time, the program is designed to help the City meet its own green goals in areas such as solid waste diversion, water efficiency, wastewater and sustainable development.”

CEPGP was initiated in 1995 as a pilot project. Since then, staff have received 335 submissions and awarded 171 applicants for a total allocation of nearly $500,000. The program continues to be popular. It is easy to access, uses a straightforward process and generates worthwhile results.

For more information on CEPGP, visit ottawa.ca/cepgp or contact the City at 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).