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EnviroCentre: Sense and Sustainability in the National Capital

Community Story by Anne Makhoul

When the City of Ottawa’s EnviroCentre first opened in 1999, it was obscured in the City Hall building. It has since reopened on the first floor, in a glass-front boutique easily accessible by the public. As Anne Makhoul explains, the EnviroCentre offers a range of programs and information for individuals and businesses seeking to improve their bottom lines while making a positive environmental impact. The EnviroCentre’s programs are aimed at improving energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

In this community story Anne Makhoul describes how Ottawa’s EnviroCentre evolved its business design and how it has achieved success in helping the National Capital Region’s residents and business move toward greater environmental responsibility. The EnviroCentre’s main program is the Home Comfort Program, which advises homeowners on sources of energy loss and energy performance improvement. The Centre also worked with businesses, tenant groups and public housing authorities on energy conservation. Further, the author describes other programs such as its “Watts Up? Service” and “Better Building Service.” Makhoul outlines what has contributed to the EnviroCentre’s success and what lies ahead for the enviro-business.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Anne Makhoul;
Publisher: Caledon Institute of Social Policy [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2004; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: Municipal;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Environment & Climate / Energy
Policy Articles / Environment & Climate / Climate Change
Policy Articles / Regional & Sectoral / Energy
Policy Articles / Environment & Climate / Climate Change / 2004
Policy Articles / Environment & Climate / Energy / 2004
Policy Articles / Regional & Sectoral / Energy / 2004
Policy Articles / Environment & Climate
Policy Articles / Regional & Sectoral


Keywords / Tags:

City of Ottawa; EnviroCentre; positive environmental impact; energy efficiency; greenhouse gas emissions; environmental responsibility; Home Comfort Program; Watts Up? Service; Better Building Service; home energy performance improvement; energy conservation;