By Michelle Nash Baker, Ottawa Community News
The city’s residents had a bit of an electric buzz about them during this year’s Energy Doors Open event.
The Green Energy Doors Open was held across the city and region from Sept. 9 through to Sept. 11. According to the organizers, more than 1000 people coming through the doors of the Energy Showcase and some of the host sits reported as many as 200 visitors stopping by.
Organized by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, the second annual weekend-long event is aimed at showcasing green energy initiatives and technology to help every day people make energy efficient choices.
A year-round communications campaign by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, the province-wide event is held every year in the fall to showcase individual, community and commercial sustainable energy projects.
Capital Coun. David Chernushenko said the weekend-long event went really well, including a boat cruise along the Rideau Canal the councillor held on Sept. 10.
“I’ve made a point of having capital ward walks and they are ways of inviting residents to come out and see something and talk about it,” Chernushenko said.
“Sometimes it can be a celebration, sometimes it can be about how we can fix it.
"But I’ve never had a boat ride. And with the canal running right through my ward, I wanted to do that and thought it would make a great innovative way to meet with residents for my next series. And it went really well.”
Chernushenko added residents had an opportunity to learn about green energy while on an electric boat as well as have the opportunity to talk about issues concerning the neighbourhoods on both sides of the canal.
Ottawa celebrated it’s sophomore year and this year the event’s main showcase took place in the Glebe, at Lansdowne Park in the Horticulture Building and featured sustainable energy businesses and products from the region as well as offer people a chance check out electric vehicles and meet their owners.