Happy "Green" Holidays!
Although the holidays are the season of gratuity and giving, the holidays can also be a time of unnecessary waste. Here's how you can show some extra care for the environment during the holiday season.
Pre-holiday Work Checklist

With the holidays right around the corner, it is easy to forget that we need a reminder how to be environmentally conscious in the workplace. So before we all leave for the holidays, complete an energy ‘power down’ review:

Reduce the environmental impact of your workplace while you are way by following the pre-holiday checklist below. Remind your workers by passing along the message.

Tips for a Sustainable Holiday
The holidays doesn't have to be a burden on the planet. Here are some ideas to help celebrate the season while minimizing your environmental impact.

1. Shop local. Reduce your footprint and support the local economy.
2. Get creative. Instead of giving physical gifts, focus on making memories or gifts of services such as: concert tickets, movie screenings, spa services, restaurant certificates, even a homemade book of coupons.
3. Buy quality. If you’re going to buy, choose what will last. Check out Buy Me Once, a site where you can find environmentally conscious gift ideas that are long lasting products.
4. Do it yourself. Put your love into homemade gifts! Ottawa has some great DIY pottery painting studios such as the Mud Oven, Hintonburg Pottery and Crock a Doodle. Check out some great ideas for inexpensive homemade gifts here.
5. Recycle. Re-gifting is OK. If you receive something you really don’t need, look for ways you can reuse this gift by passing it on to someone who will appreciate it.
7. Sustainable wrapping paper. Ditch wrapping paper, ribbons and other disposable packaging materials and get creative! This holiday season why not try newspapers, sheet music, old books, beeswax wraps, scarves, or reuse old fabrics. Get inspired!
8. Cut down/avoid meat. Consider cutting down (or cutting out) the meat this holiday season – at least for some days of the festive break. Food is one way for people to reduce their own environmental impact.
9. Shop Christmas tree smart. If you buy a real tree, choose one with an FSC Certification to confirm that it has been sourced sustainably, and make sure to dispose of it responsibly. If you prefer an artificial tree, buy a good quality one that will last for years rather than a cheap one that will need to be replaced in a few years, or shop second hand.
10. Recycle your Christmas tree. Each year, millions of Christmas trees end up in the landfill. In Ottawa, you can leave the tree at the curb on collection day for compost, as long as it's free of decorations and not in a plastic bag. 

We hope you have a happy, safe, and sustainable holiday season!
Sustainable Tip of the Month
Another great sustainable gift idea is by gifting memorable experiences as well as supporting local!

PlantEd Project is a local business owned by Carleton graduates, Jackie Bastianon and Georgia Fox, that focuses on community based cooking workshops helping you transition towards a more sustainable lifestyle by providing plant-based recipes, tips and tricks. 
Sign up for their cooking workshop and you'll be joined by a group of other like-minded people from the Ottawa area while you cook, chat, and eat together. Each session takes place in a welcoming space located in the heart of the Glebe.

All of the recipes are plant-based but everyone is welcome vegan, plant-curious, and non-vegan alike! Check them out here.
Upcoming Events
Indigenous Winter Market
Wednesday, December 4, 10AM-3PM

UC Galleria, Carleton University
The Centre for Indigenous Initiatives presents the Indigenous Winter Market. Enjoy local Indigenous artisans, performances, and door prizes!
Sustainable Gift Wrapping Party
Monday, December 9, 2-4 PM

Oasis (1st Floor, Residence Commons)
Did you know most gift wrapping paper is not recyclable? Carleton Dining is helping students have a sustainable holiday season by throwing a sustainable gift wrapping party. Bring your gifts and we'll bring the eco-friendly festive wrapping materials!
Gifts that Do Good Holiday Market
Wednesday, December 11, 6-9PM

123 Slater Street, Ottawa
Join EnviroCentre at Impact Hub Ottawa’s Gifts that Do Good Holiday Market on December 11th. If you’re looking for a new way to give this Holiday season, Gifts That Do Good is here to help you keep it local and impact-focused, while focusing on the people and issues that are in need of our support. Register here.
Do you have a sustainability-related event you would like to promote? Submit it here
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