Tucker House Renovations for a Sustainable Future
By Holly Jones and Kara Stonehouse
A historical home just outside Ottawa has been transformed with solar panels, water conserving amenities, and seed saving gardens. Maison Tucker House, through a green design initiative, has become a peaceful, positive space where individuals and organizations can be inspired to do their best work for sustainability. Kara Stonehouse, Co-Executive Director of the Tuckerhouse Renewal Centre, explains that the centre acts as “a place for connection with friends, nature and yourself”.
Grand Opening of Green Design Renovations! We inspire you to think green in your home renovations too!
Solar Panel Presentation with Ottawa Capital Ward Councillor David Chernushenko. These solar panels help the retreat center cut energy costs as well as contribute to a more environmentally sustainable operation.
The Centre currently hosts a myriad of environmental education events, including the Country Fun Camp for children, outdoor days, nature walks, and retreats for corporations and organizations. It is available for event rentals, has optional catering services providing local foods, and houses a volunteer-led seed saving garden.
Country Fun Campers get up close and personal with waterlife with nets donated by ProNature in Rockland -- an exciting and unifying experience!
Double single bunk bed in Tucker Children's room. The Centre can accommodate up to 24 overnight guests, including pull out trundles, and pays homage to its history through interior decorating and heritage pieces.
The affordable, community focused model of the Centre means that individuals can more easily spend time away from the buzz of the city, in a natural environment which fosters innovation and cooperation. Renovations have merged ecologically-conscious design with heritage, including pieces such as a rare map of Upper Canada, which is now on display at the Clarence-Rockland Museum.
Youngest Volunteer Loic Mathieu, Son of Dedicated Volunteer Nathalie Mathieu plants seeds in our seed saving garden. Tucker House partners with the Clarence-Rockland Library for the Seed Lending Library program.
Red Hats Society members enjoy tea at Tucker House. Tucker Hall and the Heritage Parlour can be used for holiday parties and large meetings, each accommodating 20 guests.
A new furnace, solar panel installations and low flow/flush toilets and appliances demonstrate the numerous possibilities of working collectively to increase sustainability and environmental consciousness. “Family, generosity and hope”, explains Stonehouse, are the key themes that Tucker House and the Renewal Centre hope to instill in visitors. Caring for oneself, for others, and for creation are the foundations of the work of Maison Tucker House, and they aim to inspire others to take sustainable action.
Kara Stonehouse is Co-Executive Director of the Tuckerhouse Renewal Centre. Holly Jones is Communications Coordinator of the Peace and Environment Resource Centre.
The PERC thanks the above organizations for their support.
Thank you to Sustainable Eastern Ontario, the Community Foundation of Ottawa, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation for sponsoring the Winter 2015-2016 edition of the PEN.