Energy Week: May 3 – May 7

Welcome to week one of the Ottawa Green Business Challenge!

Monday May 3rd: Uncooked Meal Day 

1 point for completing this challenge 

  • Pack or make a lunch of uncooked/raw food to help reduce the energy that would be used to cook a meal. 
  • Organize an uncooked meal virtual potluck to connect with colleagues and talk tips! 

Uncooked Meal Day Submission Form 


Wednesday, May 5th: Unplug After Hours 

1 point for completing this challenge 

  • Unplug electronics at the end of each day to avoid phantom power use. 
  • Power Bars are also a great way to turn everything off at the end of your day! 

Unplug After Hours Submission Form 


Friday, May 7th: Camera Free Friday 

1 point for completing this challenge 

  • Go camera-free for video calls every Friday to help reduce your energy use from video streaming. 
  • Consider making this a regular occurrence!  

Camera-Free Friday Submission Form 

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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