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

OBEC is a not-for-profit that uses Biosphere Eco-City (BEC) Themes and Tools to engage people and organizations in sustainability

BEC tool 1 - Council of Stakeholders

Stakeholders meet as a Council to do four main things:

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BEC tool 2 - Demonstration Projects

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

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BEC tool 3 - Sustainability Plans

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

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BEC tool 4 - Database of Projects

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

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  1. Carp Farmers’ Market – 18th Annual Garlic Festival

    August 12 @ 8:00 am - August 13 @ 3:00 pm

Recent Projects

Information Management

All BEC Tools promote sharing of sustainability information, but OBEC wants to do more.

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School Sustainability Planning

OBEC has developed material to train high school students to lead the creation of sustainability plans at their schools.

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Sustain Your Community

OBEC is supporting Envirocentre initiative to engage communities in transportation, energy, food and water conservation projects.

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Latest Entries in Database of Sustainability Projects

Calculate your Annual Carbon Footprint

Calculate your Annual Carbon Footprint

(Theme 1 - Transportation, Theme 2 - Energy, Theme 3 - Design, Theme 5 - Food) Organization: Faith and the Common Good - Greening Sacred Spaces Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Objective: USING THIS CALCULATOR •Begin by filling in the basic information. Different provinces generate electricity in different ways and vary in climate, so your place of residence helps determine your eRead more
Growing Futures - Something exciting is growing in Ottawa

Growing Futures - Something exciting is growing in Ottawa

(Theme 5 - Food, Theme 8 - Health, Theme10 - Sense of Place) Organization: Growing Futures Timeline for Completion: Started 2015 Ongoing Objective: Growing Futures is an innovative initiative that brings local businesses, community partners, and children together to foster a healthier, more financially resilient next generation. Summary: Contact Us: Phone: 613-722-8019 Email::Read more
Carp Herb Festival 2017

Carp Herb Festival 2017

(Theme 5 - Food, Theme 8 - Health) Organization: Carp Farmer's Market Timeline for Completion: Saturday June 24th, 8 am to 3 pm Objective: On Saturday, June 24, 2017 the Carp Farmers Market Association (CFMA) will host the second annual Carp Herb Festival on the grounds of the Carp Fair Grounds. Fresh herbs, tea tasting, keynote speaker Carol McGrath, ask the herbalist table, cookRead more
Community Gardens at Maple Hill Urban Farm

Community Gardens at Maple Hill Urban Farm

(Theme 5 - Food, Theme 8 - Health, Theme10 - Sense of Place) Organization: Maple Hill Urban Farm - Ottawa Timeline for Completion: Started 2012 Ongoing Seasonal Objective: The farm aims to provide a food production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. Part of the mission is to teach and share the benefits of naturally grown food to the extended communitRead more
Pedal through Ottawa's rural countryside and urban areas on these cycling routes

Pedal through Ottawa's rural countryside and urban areas on these cycling routes

(Theme 8 - Health, Theme 9 - Recreation, Theme10 - Sense of Place) Organization: City of Ottawa - Self Guided Bicycle Tours Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Seasonal Objective: As one of Canada’s largest cities at 100 kilometers wide by 50 kilometers deep, Ottawa has a very diverse and eclectic collection of rural attractions. These include historic sites, vineyards, county fairs,Read more

Es Alhogaraty shared IWISE Conference's photo to the group: Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City Initiative (OBEC). ... See MoreSee Less

As part of IWISE Conference program, we will take you on a tour bus to visit 10 excellent examples of sustainability in the City of Ottawa, each in its theme as defined by the Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City Initiative. Visit, enjoy, and use these sites as models in your life. ow.ly/lWZk30a9KMl

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OBEC's Board of Directors formally recognizing Eric Sonego for his contribution to the organization over the many years. May there be many more! ... See MoreSee Less

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Photos of OBECs Sense of Place workshop. A fine turn out of 15 attendees. As always a special thanks to our panelists, the food donation from Cafe Deluxe, and the organizer Jennifer Helen Lee. ... See MoreSee Less

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