Ecology Ottawa recognizes the power Ottawa City Council has to make Ottawa an environmental leader.

While many pressing environmental issues are brought to the table, Ecology Ottawa encourages Ottawa citizens to speak out to council and advocate for a more sustainable future in environmental policy.

Ecology Ottawa is committed to fostering respectful and productive relationships with all members of council. We are also committed to maintaining our role of monitoring council through our Council Watch team which monitors what goes on at city council, reports, and thereby holds council accountable for its environmental performance.

The Council Watch team attends the meetings of the Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management, Planning Committee, Transportation Committee, Transit Commission, and Full City Council. They and other Ecology Ottawa supporters also monitor media and internet reports of council activity.

If you are enthusiastic about making Ottawa an environmental leader and are interested in learning more about how to get involved in the Council Watch initiative, email Ecology Ottawa’s Living City Program Coordinator, William van Geest:



New emissions update shows City of Ottawa adrift without strong political leadership

December 7, 2020

OTTAWA – The City of Ottawa has released its annual greenhouse gas emissions inventories in the lead-up to the December 15, 2020 meeting of the Standing Committee of Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management. The inventories show new emissions data for 2019, now at 6,140 kt CO2e community-wide. This represents a rise in emissions above the levels recorded in each of the preceding three years. Local emissions have not been this high since prior to the provincial coal phase-out.

9 points on Energy Evolution, the City's new climate plan

Today, council's Environment Committee will receive Energy Evolution, the latest and most comprehensive version of the city's climate action plan. There's a lot at stake to getting this right. Here are our thoughts...

Council Watch February Report

In February, we attended two meetings: the Planning Committee and City Council. The highlights of these meetings were motions regarding a new subdivision, traffic control, and public transportation, as well as an inquiry by Councillor McKenney.

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