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Old Home Earth Day is an event to empower residents and owners of residential and multi-unit residential buildings to take concrete steps towards decreasing the carbon footprint/energy intensity of their home and save money.

The Old Home Earth Day Event (OHEDE) – our second in what we hope will be annual – will take place at the Glebe Community Centre on Saturday, April 21 from 10am to 4pm. It’s entirely free, thanks to our volunteers and sponsors, and it’s open to all Ottawa area residents. The objective is to encourage residents to take action to reduce the carbon intensity of their home. A second objective is to motivate residents to take action to live more lightly in other ways. The overall goal is to reduce our community’s and city’s contribution to global warming – think global, act local. What better way to celebrate Earth Day?

OHEDE is organized by the Glebe Community Association (GCA), in particular its Environment Committee, and SMARTNet Alliance, a business group whose mission is to accelerate the transition to a sustainable economy. Also on the organizing team are the Peace and Environment Resource Centre, Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op (OREC) and Bullfrog Power. The team is drawing in all kinds of expertise with an emphasis on the practical: what’s the most effective way to enhance your home’s energy efficiency and save money at the same time, and even qualify for grants? The event will feature presentations, exhibits, conversation areas and more. We’re engaging local businesses, many of which were generous supporters of our first event in April 2017, which attracted 300 participants.