Friday, March 15, 2013

Blog Review: Green Living Ottawa

Photo by Peter George Gordon
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Green Living Ottawa was started by Alette Willis in the spring of 2007.  According to the blog's bio, the goal of the site is, "to share information and inspiration on environmentally-friendly living in Ottawa.... The blog celebrates the many ways that people locally are finding to live 'green.'"

Alette moved to Scotland in the fall of 2008, and although she edited the blog for a time from overseas, she eventually handed off managing duties to Denise Deby, who still runs the blog.  The current site contains original posts by Denise, writings by guest bloggers, announcements on green-friendly events ranging from movies to workshops, and links to numerous web sites on gardening and other green-related matters.

The blog covers a wide range of topics.  For instance, a recent post provides information on workshops on urban organic gardening that will take place this coming April at the National Archives building on Wellington Street.  The workshops, which are meant to be useful for both beginning and expert gardeners, will look at planning an organic garden, planting it, harvesting it and managing your garden in the winter.

Another post offered tips on where to buy seeds, while a post in February announced the joint talk by renowned environmentalist David Suzuki and economist Jeff Rubin, which took place on February 26.  Other recent posts include details on the Ottawa Riverkeeper’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival 2013, which occurred in February, a post from January that offered suggestions on how to enjoy winter, and a post from November on the Ottawa Renewable Energy Cooperative (OREC).

Overall I found this blog to be a great source of news on environmentally friendly events and activities in the National Capital Region.  From talks at local universities, to film events, to links on various green-friendly organizations and cooperatives, to gardening tips, this is a wonderful resource for those who want to engage in green living.

You can reach Denise at

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