The EcoNetwork is a University of Ottawa employee program that aims to increase conscientious choices and concrete actions to maintain a balance between a functional workplace and the resources available today and in the future. Through its network, the University of Ottawa is offering employees concerned about the environment a unique opportunity to be an active participant.
How does it work?
Motivated individuals who, along with their colleagues, want to make small changes in their workplace to limit and reduce their environmental footprint can join the network. We all benefit from information, advice and encouragement to adapt our behaviour in the context of sustainable development. That’s the raison d’être of EcoChampions.
EcoChampions are called on to implement, with the help of their colleagues, initiatives that promote reducing paper consumption, reducing energy consumption, promoting responsible shopping and consumption, managing waste responsibly (residual materials), encouraging environmentally responsible transportation.
- Oversee the efforts of their service or department and aim to achieve concrete and realistic sustainable-development targets and objectives.
- Advise their colleagues on the why and how of these objectives and targets, and on the positive effects that various initiatives can have on sustainability and the environment.
- Take part in the exchange of information between management and employees.
- Share their observations and experiences in relation to progress made in their service or department, to help advance the cause of sustainable development campus-wide.
- Contribute to the achievement of the sustainable development objectives set by the University of Ottawa’s Sustainable Development Committee (SUDCOM).
- Establish a network of EcoChampions and a campus-wide community of enthusiastic and committed employees.
- Help publish and distribute information and news about sustainability and the University’s efforts in the area.
- Build a common understanding of sustainability issues and challenges at the University.
- Integrate the principles of sustainable development across all departments and services at the University.
What support is provided to EcoChampions?
- Possible initiatives for departments and services
- A list of best practices on campus
- An online form for updates/progress reports
- Access to the EcoChampions network
- Information on the monthly thematic information sessions for EcoChampions
- A full range of information and tools for guidance and inspiration
Send us an email (include your department, faculty or service name); we’ll contact you in return and provide you with an information kit to welcome you to the network.
The EcoNetwork section of the University’s website features plenty of information and tools to inspire and guide you—and on everything from transportation to dining. We hope to keep adding to the collection based on your experience and needs.
For more information, please Jonathan Rausseo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
(The video is in French.)
- Monday November 12th, 10am to 12pm - Recycling - LMX 342
Wednesday December 5th - 10am to 12pm - Food - 90 University room 152
Wednesday January 16th - 10am to 12pm - Procurement - 90 University room 140
Thursday February 8th - 10am to 12pm - Energy - 90 University room 140
Friday March 8th - 10am to 12pm - Water -90 University room 140
Wednesday May 8th - 10am to 12pm - Green space
July - 10am to 12pm - Sustainable transportation
September - 10am to 12pm - Paper