Ottawa Green
Business

Helping your business take action on climate

As one of Ottawa’s 20,000 businesses, your choices matter. Small choices have a big impact when businesses work together.

About Us

Sustainability and good business go hand in hand. EnviroCentre is proud to run Ottawa Green Business, the Green Economy Canada Hub for Ottawa and the surrounding region.

OGB Hub Membership Program

Utilizing an evidence-based methodology we are helping businesses to set up and achieve their sustainability plans and foster peer learning as part of a membership organization.

To do this, we provide:

  1. Target setting and reporting: We work with members to measure their carbon footprint and report progress annually.
  2. Tools, Resources, and Coaching: We provide personalized support designed to move sustainability projects/activities forward. We help you set up and maintain an effective sustainability committee.  We ensure you have up-to-date information, tools, and best practices so you can be a leader in your industry.
  3. Network/Events: We facilitate an effective network of members supporting each other towards achieving their sustainability goals. We host and facilitate strategic events, including trainings, facility tours, and networking events designed to accelerate learnings around sustainability practices. 
  4. Recognition: We offer annual awards to recognize your efforts and raise the profile of your business and/or organization.  We also help you communicate progress, amplify reach, and inspire clients, employees, and stakeholders.

Take your sustainability journey to the next level and contact us here!

Sustainability Consulting Services

EnviroCentre works with businesses, public institutions, and non-profit organizations to help them understand their existing carbon footprint and develop an approach to monitor their ongoing operational impact on the environment. With our client’s culture at heart, we develop a strategies and action plans towards true sustainability to be compliant with or ready for future policy and reporting requirements. We help businesses celebrate and communicate their environmental commitment and become recognized as industry leaders [link to OGB member awards].

Whether you need specialized or fast-tracked support to help your company towards your sustainability goals or if GHG, TCFD, GRI, SBTi, ESG or SDG are upcoming goals in your strategic plan, EnviroCentre can provide specialized expertise with more than two decades of experience. Recent projects include GHG footprint analysis for SMEs and crown corporations, climate risk (TCFD compliance) analysis, Greening Government Strategy compliance, carbon liability reporting, retrofit savings forecasting, organic waste in multi-tenant buildings as well as transportation/TDM for the public sector.  

Please contact us for your needs or a list of reference projects and we would be excited to make your sustainability or net zero plans become true.

Our Team

Phil Nowotny
Michelle Tirto

Phil Nowotny— Manager of Business Sustainability Programs

Phil has been active in the sustainability sector for two decades and acquired his training and expertise in a range of European countries, working for the Scottish Climate Challenge Fund on climate change mitigation and adaptation in the community and MUSH-sector. He then worked as the Strategic Active Travel Officer for a joint venture between the regional transport authority TACTRAN and Sustrans Scotland. Phil joined EnviroCentre in 2022 from his former role as Sustainability Lead and Data & Research Manager at Shepherds of Good Hope. Over several years he built up and spearheaded a small but mighty sustainability team through innovative ways to secure staff resourcing, cross-collaboration and using the organization’s carbon footprint as vehicle for a range of measures to save GHGs and costs whilst meeting strategic goals. Additional successes include an EV strategy, sustainable transportation plan, climate risk centred building conditions assessment and carbon-divested RRSP offerings.

With his passion for (environmental) community work, he volunteered previously as NECA Community Association Director, Bike Ottawa, the Ottawa Sustainability Fund and is currently the Vice-Chair of Hidden Harvest Ottawa. In his free time he loves cycling with his family in their cargo bike. 

Michelle Tirto— Sustainable Business Project Assistant

Michelle supports businesses throughout Ottawa with sustainability services and connects residents with municipal financing for retrofits. She has previous experience developing a $1.5M solar PV project for affordable housing in Southern California and has shared her expertise at the California Energy Commission’s EPIC symposium. She is passionate about making net zero energy and passive house retrofits accessible to all families. Michelle has a Master of Urban Planning degree from UCLA and is trained in mediation and conflict resolution.

Weekly Tips

Maximize Natural Lighting

Did you know that taking advantage of natural light can lead to significant health and wellness benefits while lowering your energy consumption?

Be strategic in how you set up your home office, desk, or workspace to maximize natural light coming in. Placing your desk near a window or installing a well placed mirror can amplify natural light.

You can adjust your workspace or even your working hours seasonally to maximize the benefits and minimize your carbon footprint!

Learn more here!

Buy in Bulk

Buying in bulk is a great way to cut carbon by reducing packaging (embodied carbon and waste) and reducing shipping emissions. Plus, one trip is better than ten. 

Bonus: it will likely reduce waste as staff and management begin to keep a close eye on purchasing cycles.

Learn more here!

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