Water Week: May 17 – May 21

Welcome to week three of the Ottawa Green Business Challenge!

Monday May 19th: Collect Rainwater for Watering Plants and Gardens! 

1 point for completing this challenge 

  • April showers bring May flowers… and help you avoid using processed, treated, potable water for your plants and garden!  
  • Set up rainwater collection like a rain barrel or small container for watering gardens or even indoor houseplants! 

Collecting Rainwater Submission Form


Wednesday, May 17th: Stop the Drop 

1 point for completing this challenge 

  • Stop any unnecessary drops of water in the workplace or at home by checking taps for leaks or drips 
  • Check out this drip calculator to learn more! 

Stop the Drop Submission Form


Friday, May 21st: Water Calculator 

1 point for completing this challenge 

  • Calculate your individual water footprint and become more aware of your water usage 

Water Calculator 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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