The Eco Network program is an effort to integrate sustainability efforts across departments and services by offering interested uOttawa employees tools, tips and training for going green at the office. The goal of the program is to engage campus employees in sustainability issues while working towards achieving the sustainable development objectives set by uOttawa’s Sustainable Development Committee (SUDCOM).
Any staff members interested in making small changes in their workplace to reduce their environmental footprint can join the Eco Network and become “EcoChampions”, whose role is to champion sustainability on campus both individually and together through implementing initiatives that promote reducing consumption of paper, energy, and water; ethical procurement; managing waste responsibly; and sustainable transportation. EcoChampions also oversee the sustainability efforts of their service or department, advise colleagues, participate in the exchange of information between management and employees, share observations and experiences, and collaborate to help advance the cause of sustainable development.
Any employee, who has the permission of their director, can join the EcoNetwork and become and EcoChampion. Send us an email (include your department, faculty or service name); we’ll contact you in return and provide you with an information kit to welcome you to the network.
Green Tips for the Office
- Reduce Paper Usage
Send documents and memos electronically. If you must print, print double-sided.
- Use Reusable Cups Instead of Disposable Cups
North America uses 60% of the world’s paper cups (130 billion of them each year). Those cups require about 50 million trees and 33 billion gallons of water, which could sequester 9.3 million tonnes of CO2. Not to mention the landfill space they take up because most are non-recyclable. Stop the insanity – use a reusable cup.
- Take Public Transit
A train or bus requires much less energy per person than a single-occupancy automobile.
For more green tips, please visit our Sustainable Practices