Ecology Ottawa has recently launched a new project titled The Green Buildings and Workplaces Initiative and teamed up with BOMA Ottawa to cross promote the project. Ecology Ottawa is a volunteer organization that wants to make Ottawa the green capital of Canada and promote citizen participation in decisions that shape the environment.
As BOMA Canada offers the BOMA Best program, which focuses on the operational aspects of greening buildings, BOMA was the logical group for Ecology Ottawa to approach about the project.
The Green Buildings and Workplaces Initiative is intended to raise the awareness of Ottawa residents about the environmental impact of ‘multi-use buildings’. According to Sabrina Bowman, Events and Volunteer Co-coordinator with Ecology Ottawa, “Buildings are responsible for 57% of green house gas emissions in the city, more than motor vehicles. Buildings are therefore a good place to begin to teach people how to reduce their impact on the environment.”
Bowman added “There are very few sources of information for tenants concerning sustainability in the workplace.”One of resources she knew about is a page titled What You Can Do: At Work on the Suzuki Foundation website.
A key initiative of the project is to target tenants in office buildings who would form a 'green team'. The green team would work to reduce the buildings environmental footprint and promote co-operation between the tenants and the owner on related issues.
A second stream of activity for the The Green Buildings and Workplaces Initiative is to organize a speaker series and to develop a new section of the Ecology Ottawa website dedicated to creating greener, more energy-efficient commercial buildings.
Ecology Ottawa is currently seeking candidates for the position of Green Building Associate who would be responsible for coordinating the development of the Green Building and Workplace Initiative. This position is funded through a grant from Human Resources Development Canada's Career Focus a program that aims to promote youth employment (15-30 years of age). The deadline for applications is February 18, 2009.
Please visit the Ecology Ottawa website for more information.