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The Fourth Pig co-operative

OCA / Press Release / 04 September 2018

The Fourth Pig co-operative, one of the most innovative sustainable construction companies in Ontario, is improving the environment for our province and those living and working in their buildings.

“The simple fact is that conventional buildings are a climate change catastrophe. If we don’t change the way we make them, then we will not meet the greenhouse gas targets we need to address climate change,” says Matt Adams, one of the co-operative’s founders and director of operations and education.

Set up as a worker co-operative – a business owned and operated by its members – the Fourth Pig uses ecologically sustainable construction materials to create healthy buildings and communities to address climate change in the GTA, the Golden Horseshoe and the Muskoka region.

And the Fourth Pig is more than a green construction company. Choosing to be a co-operative means the business has made a commitment to invest in their community. They provide public education by hosting talks on green building and hands-on skill-building workshops. They also raise awareness of the importance of green buildings in our communities with our public policy makers.

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Some choices matter: Eastern Ontario

Credit Unions of Ontario / 26 September 2017

Home to our nation’s capital, Eastern Ontario is chock full of people looking to make positive change happen in their communities, their province and across the country. Discover how credit unions are supporting this change, and sparking a new wave of progressive ideas from Kingston to Ottawa.

New Abbey Dawn Solar Project already feeding the grid

KingstonRegion.com / Tori Stafford / 04 June 2017

Local group Wintergreen Renewable Energy Co-op and SolarShare, a provincial solar energy co-op, hosted a tour and celebration at their Abbey Dawn Project on Sunday, June 4. There, a few dozen people toured the brand new 500 kW solar project, learning about the state-of-the-art tracker technology the project uses, and about how the system operates. The Abbey Dawn Project is the first in Canada to use Canadian company Morgan Solar’s Savanna dual-axis tracker technology, which follows the sun’s daily east-to-west path and seasonal changes in its elevation.

In short, the technology allows the system to run more efficiently, with yield increases of 25 to 40 per cent over those without the tracker technology.

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OREC targets $2 M with fifth securities offering

OREC / 16 January 2017

The Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op launches its fifth securities offering and is seeking to raise up to $2 million to invest in four local solar power projects. The Co-op’s latest projects include a rooftop project at both the Twin Elm Rugby Park and KIN Vineyard in Carp along with a ground mount system in Alfred, Ontario, and a rooftop system on a private building. These projects will start to produce power for the grid starting in June, 2017.

OREC’s previous four securities offerings raised $5.1 million, financing 13 solar rooftop projects in Ottawa – four of which are found on local French language schools.

“Working with the French school boards to install these solar projects has been such a pleasure. We are accomplishing our environmental and educational goals, while also providing a profitable, socially-responsible investment option for our members,” says Janice Ashworth, OREC’s General Manager.

Investments can be made by purchasing Preference Shares or Member Investment Notes and is open to all residents of Eastern Ontario who become members of the co-op. OREC’s preference shares have 20-year terms, are RRSP & TFSA-eligible, and average a 4% annual dividend plus return of capital over time. Member Investment Notes have five year terms and provide a fixed 3% annual return with the capital returned at the end of year five.

As opposed to a mutual fund where individual investors have little control, with a co-op, every investor becomes a member and has a vote in decisions that affect operations and investments.

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Local planning, sharing benefits key to wind-farm buy-in

CBC News / 05 March 2017

Involving community members in wind-farm planning and ensuring nearby residents benefit from turbines would go a long way toward winning local buy-in for such projects, a new Canadian study concludes.

The study, published in a recent edition of the Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, notes that fast-paced development and limits on local decision-making have resulted in strong opposition to wind projects. Those objections can be mitigated by the fair distribution of area benefits, the authors write.

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Sustainable is Possible

TEDx Talks / 4 December 2013

Ma’ikwe Schaub Ludwig is the Executive Director of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, the pioneering sustainability educator who heads up Ecovillage Education US, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Fellowship for Intentional Community. She believes strongly that sustainability is possible, assuming we can learn to cooperate, share and assess what really makes us happy, rather than staying bought in to the material excess culture we’ve been raised in.

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The Transition Framework

The Transition Towns movement aims toward veering away from excessive consumption – to deal with the conjoined problems of peak oil and climate change – but also in the belief that we may create an essentially more contented society, through building strong and resilient local communities. We will get to know our neighbours better, because we shall all need one another in the time to come.

— Chris Rhodes, Resource Insights (03 June 2013)
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