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

  • Tree Talk Series #4 – Introducing the 4th R: REPURPOSE!
    (Theme 7 – Waste) Organization: Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City partner with Waste Watch Ottawa Timeline for Completion: Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 4:30-6:30 pm at Strathcona Park Objective: Come join us in circles of knowledge-sharing & gratitude underneath some of Ottawa’s beautiful trees as we learn about sustainability. Our next Tree Talk is on Consumer Culture & the Value of our Read more
  • Zibi to become National Capital Region’s first carbon-neutral community
    (Theme 2 – Energy, Theme10 – Sense of Place) Organization: Zibi, Hydro Ottawa and Kruger Products Timeline for Completion: 2021 Objective: A new partnership between Zibi, Hydro Ottawa and Kruger Products will put the National Capital Region on the map as a leader in combating climate change through the substantial reduction of carbon emissions using district energy for heating and Read more
  • A Manor Park Sustainability Series – online Oct 15th and Oct 27th 7:30-9:00 pm
    (Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 8 – Health, Theme10 – Sense of Place) Organization: Manor Park Community Association and Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City Timeline for Completion: online Thurs., Oct. 15th & Tues., Oct. 27th from 7:30-9PM Objective: Come join us Thursday, October 15th & Tuesday, October 27th from 7:30-9PM online via Zoom with the Manor Park Community Association in Read more
  • Renfrew County Nature Notebook – Welcome Nature Lovers!
    (Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital, Theme10 – Sense of Place) Organization: Ottawa River Institute (ORI) Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Objective: Renfrew County, in the Upper Ottawa Valley of Eastern Ontario has a great wealth of intact ecosystems and thriving rich biodiversity. Getting folks of all ages out to enjoy these vast riches is what this website is all Read more
  • Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste – third and final extended Household Hazardous Waste Depot in 2020
    (Theme 7 – Waste) Organization: City of Ottawa Timeline for Completion: Wed., Oct 21 to Sun., Oct. 25, 2020 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Objective: The third and final extended Household Hazardous Waste Depot in 2020 will be held: Wednesday, October 21 to Sunday, October 25, 2020 Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Barrhaven Snow Disposal Facility – Strandherd Drive and Read more