The Environment Committee champions issues affecting our greenspace and community. It supports the BCA in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities on environmental matters by providing a local perspective and leading initiatives on:

  • Health, protection, and a safe enjoyment of the natural environment;
  • Beautification of our community;
  • Prosperity and proliferation of trees and the tree canopy;
  • Management of invasive species;
  • Awareness around air quality;
  • Local actions that focus on climate change and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; and
  • Promotion of environmental awareness and providing opportunities for community participation in environmentally-related activities.

The Environment Committee leads initiatives related to the beautification of our wonderful community with the goal to enhance the liveability of our neighbourhood. Initiatives include the Community Clean-Up, information sharing on environment-related topics, Garage Sale and Recycling events, and the implementation of volunteer gardens. Two sub-committees work closely with the Environment Committee – the Tree Team and the Climate Change Team.

The BCA Tree Team does important work maintaining and enhancing the tree canopy in Blackburn Hamlet. The Tree Team welcomes everyone and is a place that brings together individuals committed to protecting Blackburn Hamlet’s natural environment, and increasing tree canopy and greenspace. The team is happy to collaborate with the CAFES Neighbourhood Canopy Regeneration Project in conjunction with Ecology Ottawa. Visit our Tree Team Page for more information and if you are interested in volunteering with the Tree Team contact

Visit our LDD (Spongy Moth page if you are concerned about infestations in Blackburn Hamlet.

The Climate Change Team’s goal is to information, bring people together, and facilitate community initiatives related to air quality and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Anyone interested in or with ideas about air quality and climate change (for instance, low-carbon resilient buildings) is encouraged to get in touch at

If you are interested in planning an environment related initiative, please contact and be part of our environment team! We would love to hear your ideas!

BCA Environment Committee

  • Blackburn Community Closet 2022 a success! Now for 2023!
    The BCA’s Environment Committee held Blackburn’s first Community Closet event on Saturday October 15th, and wow was it ever a success! Over the course of the day we had hundreds of people attend and take home new-to-them clothing. Clothing that was left over (there wasn’t much!) was donated to Dress for Success, Clothespin, and Emily
  • The Fungi Connection: A Meander Through the Art and Science of Mushroom Growing
    The Blackburn Community Association’s Environment Committee is excited to announce a virtual education event on mushrooms!  Deb Kelly, longtime vegetable and fungi grower, will share her passion and process for the art of mushroom growing.  She and her partner Darin Kelly, owners of The Fungi Connection (formerly Kelly’s Gourmet Mushrooms) in Yarker, Ontario, produce about
  • Bird feeders in Blackburn!
    Published in The BANAR September 2022 Sarah Morgan-White, BCA Director of Environment, Tree Team Lead Thanks to the financial contributions from the Friends of Mer Bleue, the Blackburn Community Association’s Enviro Committee was able to get more birds fed in Blackburn Hamlet! In the spring, we gave a seed bird feeder and hummingbird feeder to
  • Monarch Waystation established at Norman Johnston Alternate School
    Published in The BANAR September 2022 Sarah Morgan-White, BCA Director of Environment, Tree Team Lead “Where flowers bloom, so does hope” – Lady Bird Johnson Earlier this year, (thanks to the efforts of Miriam Hampson) the BCA’s Environment Committee was allocated funds from the Friends of Mer Bleue Community Fund to establish a Monarch Waystation
    When: October 15th, 2022 9am to 5pm Where: Blackburn Community Hall, 190 Glen Park Drive Drop off clothing donations: September 23 – October 1st at 9 Catalpa Court (leave on the porch) Do you have enough JOY in your closet? Do you want to refresh your wardrobe AND support sustainable fashion? Then you absolutely cannot
  • Let’s Learn About Beekeeping with Capital Bees
    What is everyone buzzing about? The Blackburn Community Association is excited to announce a beekeeping workshop with Capital Bees on Saturday September 17th from 11am to 12pm at the Just Food Farm. The event will be held in English and costs $5 per person. Space is limited. Registration is required. Minimum age to participate is


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