What is Collective Impact?
Collective Impact is a way for large, diverse groups of stakeholders to come together to tackle large, complicated problems. The Ontario Trillium Foundation funds such work through its Collective Impact Grants (click on the Trillium logo to view a brief overview video).
The goal of the Ottawa Energy Collective Impact process is to see GHG emissions from buildings in Ottawa reduced by 80% below 2012 levels by 2050. This ambitious goal supports the City of Ottawa’s overall GHG reduction targets and Energy Evolution process, focuses on retrofitting existing buildings as well as improving new builds and building codes, and engages a wide array of stakeholders from residents to trades to leaders and investors.
Ottawa Energy Collective Impact Phase 2 Now Complete
Phase 2 of the Ottawa Energy Collective Impact project sought to refine a Theory of Change, develop a shared measurement framework, broaden the network of collaborators to include better representation from all sectors of stakeholders, and lay the framework for practical action. It wrapped up in October 2019.
Phase 2 included three main summit events:
Social Finance Design Lab: Co-hosted by Dr Tessa Hebb, and international recognized social finance expert, at Carleton University in September 2018. Speakers from The Atmospheric Fund and local and national finance and impact investing experts guided collaborative work and generated finance ideas and resulted in creation of a dedicated working group. More about this event….
Green Building Summit: Co-hosted by the Canada Green Building Council and included in the City of Ottawa’s Climate Action Week in February 2019. Key opportunities and challenges, especially on a municipal level, were identified. More about this event…
Strategy Summit: Full-day event held at Ottawa City Hall in June 2019, included panel presentations and discussion and an address from former Ontario Environmental Commissioner Diane Saxe. More about this event …
Phase 2 also saw the creation of a Leadership Team which allowed key stakeholders (the City of Ottawa, Hydro Ottawa, etc.) to guide the work of the steering committee without investing large amounts of time.
VOLT – Vibrant Ottawa buiLt Together
Click the link below for an expanded version of the Theory of Change submitted at the end of Phase 2.