About Sustainable Eastern Ontario
Sustainable Eastern Ontario is a network organization that fosters partnerships and collaborations on sustainability activities throughout Eastern Ontario. We connect sustainability groups together, develop strategic collaborations across the sector, build capacity of administration and operations, and celebrate successes across the region. We are raising the profile and capability of sustainability initiatives and telling the story of transition and resilience in our community.
Sustainable Eastern Ontario is a network organization that fosters partnerships and collaborations on sustainability activities throughout Eastern Ontario. Its programs and networks include:
Sustainable Eastern Ontario was founded in 2010 and officially incorporated in 2011. Sustainability organizations across the region had recognized a need for a central hub and umbrella organization to support a wide range of ecological initiatives. There was also an identified need for a central support organization for smaller organizations, unincorporated clubs, and community groups. The National Capital Environmental Nonprofit Network (NCENN), which had started in 2008 in Ottawa, was increasingly contacted by interested groups across the broader region.
The NCENN, which was originally founded by Tucker House, also needed an organizational home to help expand its capacity-building efforts. In addition, the Community Energy Network of Eastern Ontario was a growing network that was making inroads on energy issues. With these key networks in mind, and the expansion of the National Capital GREEN PAGES directory, Sustainable Eastern Ontario was born! Founding board members came from a range of sustainability organizations across the region and key representatives from the community. In 2013, Sustainable Eastern Ontario opened up a rural office in Westport, Ontario. In 2014, our headquarters opened at the former West End Well in Ottawa. This location was expanded in 2015 to offer office space and shared services at the Sustainable Capacity Centre. In 2018, our shared office space was relocated to The Apartment, a shared sustainable office hosted in a local church building.
Groups, institutions, and businesses are part of this network.
Capacity Check-ups are in place for groups with capacity support grants.
“Sustainable Eastern Ontario support has led myriad concrete improvements to our operations and in our effectiveness. It led us to secure core funding for a staff person for three years, to develop a chart of accounts and bookkeeping system, to perform a board self-evaluation and implement a plan to fill the gaps.”
– Lilith Wyatt, Coordinator, Algonquin 2 Adirondacks Collaborative
Program & Communications Coordinator
Board of Directors
Board Chair, Environmental Consultant
Board Treasurer, Sustainability Coach
Former Board Member, Environmental and Conservation Scientist
Former Board Co-Chair, Former Executive Director, Tucker House Renewal Centre