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In celebration of Earth Day 2023, we at Ecology Ottawa are highlighting the people, places, plants, and animals of Ottawa that inspire our communities to take action, find innovative solutions, and work together to protect our environment. We call on you to nominate members of your community that work hard and inspire others to create change! 

Our organization believes that environmental action is for everybody. Your nominee could be a neighbour, teacher, scientist, activist, artist, innovator, policy maker, community or religious leader, or young person. In addition to nominating community members, we call on you to nominate the places, plants, and animals of Ottawa that you cherish and need our protection. 

Nominations closed April 16 and we’ll announce the recipients the week of Earth Day. You are welcome to nominate for as many categories and nominees as you wish! Fill out a separate form for each nominee. 

Thank you for helping us celebrate people, places, and non-human species who contribute to making Ottawa a greener, more resilient city!

You can find a list of the awards below. For more information, contact [email protected].

Ottawa Eco Award Categories 

Land and Water Defender Award

Nominate a local Indigenous land and water defender that inspires you to protect and steward the ecology of Ottawa.

Active & Accessible City Award

Nominate a member of your community that works to improve urban quality of life and inspires you and your community to advocate for an accessible, sustainable, livable, Ottawa.  

Climate Champion Award
Nominate a local climate advocate that inspires you to speak up and take action, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate in our city. 

Nature Champion Award

Nominate a member of your community that inspires you to learn more about our ecology and protect biodiversity in this city. 

Refuse-Reduce-Reuse Champion Award

Nominate a local innovator that inspires you to find creative solutions to waste reduction. 

Most Cherished Greenspace 

Our green spaces improve air quality, help mitigate floods, help cool city temperatures, improve our health,  and so much more. Green spaces fortify our communities, and everyone deserves access. Nominate your favourite city park that inspires us to create more green spaces. 

Most Citizen-Friendly City Space 

Nominate an area in the city that inspires you to advocate for the creation of more walkable, bikeable, rollable, and accessible spaces in this city. 

Most Beloved Urban Bird Species

Nominate your favourite urban bird in Ottawa that we need to take action to protect. 

Most Treasured Tree Species 

Nominate your favourite tree species in Ottawa that needs our protection.

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