What is the Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City Initiative (OBEC)?

OBEC is a local, grassroots charity that uses Biosphere Eco-City (BEC) Themes and Tools to engage people and organizations in sustainability across Ottawa

Saturday 28 April 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Hintonburg Sustainability Plan

Come see the plan
Members of the Hintonburg Community have created a Sustainability Plan.
Go to the Community Centre Saturday morning, visit the Meeting Room in the basement and view the plan. Talk to organizers and see what interests you.

What:  View Ottawa’s 1st Community Sustainability Plan
When: Saturday 28 April 2018, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Where: Hintonburg Community Centre, 1064 Wellington St. West, Ottawa

Our Tools of Engagement

Council of Stakeholders for Sustainability

Giving BEC Council to the Community

Demonstration Projects

These are projects that opened up to the public to demonstrate useful approaches to sustainability in a Biosphere Eco-City (BEC).

Sustainability Plans

This is a short document that provides individuals with ideas on what they can do to advance sustainability.

Database of Projects

The Database summarizes information projects related to the ten BEC Themes of Sustainability. This is a key tool for sharing information.

Latest Entries in Database of Sustainability Projects

  • Join the 2021 City Nature Challenge
    (Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital, Theme10 – Sense of Place) Organization: Canadian Wildlife Federation Timeline for Completion: Annual Event – April 30 to May 9 Objective: Act locally, connect globally on behalf of nature everywhere! Make a difference for your local biodiversity, connect with nature and show the world your community pride — it’s as easy as Read more
  • Hydro Ottawa’s pollinator meadow is for the birds (and the bees)
    (Theme 4 – Habitat) Organization: Hydro Ottawa, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, and Canadian Wildlife Federation Timeline for Completion: Started 2019 Ongoing Objective: Across North America, populations of Monarch butterflies, bees, and other pollinators are in steep decline due to herbicides, pesticides, climate change and a reduction in natural pollinator habitats. It may seem like Read more
  • Rack & Roll is gearing up!
    (Theme 1 – Transportation, Theme 8 – Health) Organization: OC Transpo Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Seasonal Objective: Rack & Roll is returning once again this spring, and this year it’s expanding! For the first time, all buses on our network will have bike racks installed to help customers make connections to transit using their bikes. All bike racks will be installed Read more
  • Random Acts of Green – Promoters of Environmental Sustainability
    (Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 7 – Waste, Theme 8 – Health) Organization: Random Acts of Green Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Objective: Our Mission We aim at proving that we can all make small changes that add up to make a big collective impact. Our Vision We aim at building a global climate action community where everyone feels empowered to take action together. We are a Read more
  • Earthub – Master Sustainable Living and Reduce Your Waste
    (Theme 7 – Waste) Organization: Earthub – Kingston Chapter Timeline for Completion: Started 2020 Ongoing Objective: A newly opened drop-off centre in Napanee is the latest expansion of Earthub, which also accepts items in Kingston, Ottawa and across Canada. Earthub wants to help you master sustainable living and reduce your waste. Earthub; the hub of everything Earth! We thrive to Read more