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3/18 – Solar Energy and Ethical Investing

CACOR cordially invites you to a Luncheon Meeting. This presentation will give an overview of the renewable energy movement, the ethical investment movement, and will put both into a local context by way of a case study of the Ottawa Renewable Energy Cooperative.  The renewable energy movement is taking off globally. Ontario is positioning itself as a North American leader with policies such as the feed-in tariff program. Solar, wind, biogas, biomass, and small-hydro projects are popping up all over the province. Communities are being invited and encouraged to invest in these distributed energy projects through co-operative structures. This is not just happening in Ontario, but rather is modeled after what has been taking shape in Germany and Denmark for decades here communities and farmers own over 50% of the renewable energy assets in those countries. Renewable energy co-operatives are creating local, ethical investment options for people across Ontario looking to shift their investments into sustainable businesses.

Date: Thursday March 18, 2015
Time: 12- 2 pm
Location: Hub Ottawa, 6th Floor (71 Bank St., Ottawa, ON)
Cost: $25 general admission; $20 for members, their spouses and student guests.

RSVP by emailing madarte @ sympatico.ca on or before Monday March 16.

The downstairs ante-room and dining area will be open at 11:30 a.m. for those who wish to meet and greet friends and colleagues prior to lunch.

Please remember that CACOR is responsible for payment of guests who have registered. If you register and need to change your commitment, please inform CACOR well before Monday March 16th thank you for your assistance in this matter. Unfortunately, CACOR will follow up with an invoice for those who were not able to honour their commitment. In order to accommodate all members, associates and guests please indicate your presence to this event as soon as possible.

About the speaker:

OREC Operations Manager — Janice Ashworth has experience in engaging communities on renewable energy opportunities. Janice holds a Master’s in Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University where she focused on community power structures and policies. Janice sits on the Board of the Federation of Community Power Co-operatives and the Chamber of Commerce Environment Committee. She was a founding member and co-ordinator of the Nova Scotia Sustainable Electricity Alliance. Also in Nova Scotia, Janice worked with Colchester-Cumberland Windfield, a community-owned wind power project. Janice has also worked in the non-profit sector as a community organizer.