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Environmental tech of the future will be on display for Green Energy Doors Open in Ottawa

By Helen Lam on September 25, 2017

For all the tech nerds and environmental sustainability enthusiasts out there, Green Energy Doors Open (GEDO) Ottawa is happening the weekend from September 30 to October 1.

Lansdowne Park is the main site, but there are other venues across Ottawa that will be exhibiting a gamut of green technologies. Organized by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, this annual showcase never fails to show the city something new in the sustainability space. It’s a great place to take the pulse of advancements in the sector, while learning about the products and services available to people who want to reduce their environmental footprint.

Here’s a rundown of the main exhibitions:

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Energy Showcase

Held in the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne, the showcase features products and services from local businesses concerned with environmental sustainability. You can chat with renewable energy producers and entrepreneurs about the latest trends in green tech around the city.

Photo by Marc Lacourcière. Provided by GEDO.

Electric Vehicle Exhibition

Electric vehicles are the next big thing in transport. But where do they even put the batteries on those things? In Aberdeen Square, different models will be on display for you to explore. Electric vehicle owners will also be on hand to talk about their experiences. If you’ve ever wanted to sit in a Tesla, now is your chance.

Image courtesy of the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism.

House Tours

Ever wondered what it’s like inside a passive house? Passive, net zero and energy efficient homes across the city are opening their doors to visitors during GEDO. In Aberdeen Square itself, be sure to drop by Carleton University’s Northern Nomad Tiny House Project, a net zero home that’s just 220 square feet. And you thought your apartment was small. Check the GEDO event site for details on each site—some need tickets even for the free tours.

If you want to catch a glimpse of how we’ll live, work and travel in the not-so-far-away future, head down to Lansdowne this weekend.

Pro tip: the first day of GEDO is the same day as the 2017 Panda Game. As sworn rivals, the Carleton University Ravens and the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees are destined to clash forever (once a year) on the football field at TD Place. So, best to be prepared for some heavy traffic in and around the stadium. Head towards the Cattle Castle and you’ll be fine.


Green Energy Doors Open runs from September 30 to October 1 at Lansdowne Park. Admission is free. Visit ottawagedo.org for more details.