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Interfaith Partners for Sustainable Communities

Sherri Kelly, Ottawa Baha’i Centre, Ottawa

“Greening Sacred Spaces has inspired our faith community with the knowledge and resources to move forward toward a practical approach in meeting our responsibility of stewardship for our planet.” 

Mark Steiman, Shaarei-Beth El, Oakville

GSS services has been a catalyst helping us adapt operations to reduce our costs as they coach us to embrace more eco-friendly behaviour. It’s all broadening awareness of social responsibility.

Rev. Joanne Hedge, Applewood United Church, Mississauga

Greening Sacred Spaces allowed us to celebrate, learn and move forward to more fully live with respect in Creation.”

Deborat Laforet, St. Paul’s United Church, Oakville

GSS has been amazing to work with and they have connected us with other agencies in the community, which has helped us with our goal of reaching out and being of service to our community.

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Blog Posts

  • 🌱Green Youth Leadership Program Launch

    Since it’s inception, we have hosted two successful, virtual mentorship sessions where youth are able to explore themes commonly encountered in the environmental and nonprofit sectors. In November, we kicked off the program by focusing on self-leadership, and then in the following month, we turned our attention to engagement organizing. With this mentorship, the youth have also been hard at work organizing and planning the environmental projects that we will see materialize in the springtime of this year. Some of the projects they are working on are: educational student activities, clean-ups, and youth engagement.

  • Sustainability Star 2022!
    We are very pleased to announce that we were awarded a Sustainability Star Award this year by Sustainable Eastern Ontario for our work in the environmental sector!

    We had a lovely evening on November 21st speaking and celebrating with other local sustainability leaders. A special thank you to our board members Emine Turgut and Philip Yung for accepting the award and supporting GSS at the event.

    Great job team! Here’s to another great year in environmental work!

  • The Faithfully Green Fund Virtual Information Sessions

    The Faithfully Green Fund is officially launching!

    Come learn more about this fund and investment opportunity we are working on in partnership with the Sustainable Capacity Foundation at one of our virtual information sessions. We are running three sessions for your convenience:

    • September 22 @ 7PM EST
    • October 6 @ 12PM EST
    • October 12 @ 5PM EST

    The Faithfully Green Fund is a loan opportunity for Ottawa faith communities to access financial support in order to complete green retrofit projects in their buildings and spaces. It provides low-interest financing to communities seeking $10,000-$250,000 to implement their projects.

    This fund will be financed via a unique social finance tool called Community Bonds. Individuals and Institutions can purchase Faithfully Green Bonds and earn a fixed return while their funds are being loaned to faith spaces for retrofits.

  • Energy Benchmarking Conference

    Come celebrate the 50 Ottawa faith communities who are taking part in the Energy Benchmarking Program, learn about their successes and failures in managing their operations, accessing funding, and much more! We welcome all, especially those seeking to learn more about how they can get involved. The Energy Benchmarking Conference will be taking place on May 14, 2022, 2 pm – 4:30 pm at the AMA Community Centre 1216 Hunt Club Rd.

    This is primarily an in-person event, but we will be providing a virtual zoom option as well.

  • Spot YOUR Faith Community
    Network Map & EBP Dashboard. Created by: Hannah Rockburn. Last Update: November 15th, 2021

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Greening Sacred Spaces (GSS) Ottawa is an environmental, interfaith, nonprofit organization that provides inspiration and practical tools for faith communities to become more environmentally sustainable in order to reduce their environmental footprint and deepen their spiritual connection to nature.

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Charlie Scromeda

Program Coordinator greeningsacredspacesottawa@gmail.com

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Ottawa, ON K1H 5K9

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