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Introducing the Sustainable Capacity Centre


by Kristina Inrig
Sustainable Eastern Ontario has launched a shared office space and support centre on the second floor of the West End Well at 969 Wellington Street West in Hintonburg. The Sustainable Capacity Centre opened its doors on Oct. 1 2015. Although this was only days after the West End Well closed its grocery store and cafe on the first floor, it is an exciting way that the spirit and energy of the West End Well can continue to live on. 
Kristina Inrig, and members of the National Capital Environmental Non-Profit Network (NCENN) meet in the Sustainable Capacity Centre
Kristina Inrig, and members of the National Capital Environmental Non-Profit Network (NCENN) meet in the Sustainable Capacity Centre. Photo courtesy of Sustainable Eastern Ontario.
The Sustainable Capacity Centre offers a space to local environmental organizations, including these founding organizations who can regularly be found working on the second floor of the Well:
Sustainable Eastern Ontario ( is a network organization that fosters partnerships and collaborations on sustainability activities across Eastern Ontario. 
National Capital Environmental Non-profit Network ( holds monthly meetings on the second floor of the West End Well next to the Sustainable Capacity Centre. 
Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative ( exists to empower Eastern Ontario residents to support the growth of the local renewable energy sector through responsible long-term investments that finance projects together as members of a democratic co-operative.
Ottawa Eco-Talent Network (, a new non-profit in Ottawa, can link you with pro bono advisors and relevant expertise. The OETN has a growing network of experienced advisors, including contacts in post-secondary institutions, who are willing to volunteer their expertise to assist groups and their environmental initiatives. 
BioRegional ( champions a better, more sustainable way to live. The organization works with partners to create better places for people to live, work and do business through the One Planet Living initiatives. 
GoodWork ( is Canada's largest community of environmental changemakers, sustainability professionals, job seekers and volunteers. It's a hub for all Canadians who want to work for a greener, healthier, more sustainable world. 
In addition to these groups who started in October 2015 with the Sustainable Capacity Centre, there are also a number of groups and partners who access the space on occasion. There are some subsidies available to organizations that are in need of part-time office space for their projects and activities, but don't have the resources to pay for office rental. Several "hot desks" are available for this purpose and there is also a shared printer/photocopier and small meeting room that can be booked by organizations. 
To learn more about the Sustainable Capacity Centre, visit or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Kristina Inrig is the Executive Director of Sustainable Eastern Ontario and can often be found on the second floor of the West End Well at the Sustainable Capacity 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.


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Thank you to Envirocentre and to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for sponsoring the Spring 2016 edition of the PEN.


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