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. OBEC Council Meeting

    December 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Demonstration Projects and Sustainability Plans

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

  • Conserve Genetic Diversity
    (Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital) Organization: Forest Gene Conservation Association Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Objective: Ontario’s Forests are diverse and locally adapted to withstand threats and provide many local benefits. Some trees die, but species survive and the forest survives. Genetic diversity is the foundation of biodiversity, although too often ignored. Read more
  • New 10 KW Solar Energy Project at Ottawa Just Food Farm
    (Theme 2 – Energy) Organization: Bullfrog Power and Beau’s Brewing Co. Project Start Date: Oct 2017Ongoing Objective: Bullfrog Power, Canada’s leading green energy provider, and Beau’s Brewing Co., based in Vankleek Hill, Ontario, announced in October the launch of a new solar project in Ottawa. The 10 kW project is being developed in partnership with Just Food, an organization working Read more
  • The Blue Lakes Project – For Stewardship Excellence
    (Theme 6 – Natural Capital) Organization: Watersheda Canada and The Land Between Organization Project Start Date: Oct 2017Pilot Project Objective: The Land Between charity and Watersheds Canada is piloting a new lake ecolabel; a standard of excellence in stewardship. Lake associations that agree to adopt stewardship principles and actions will receive the ecolabel and with it, access to the Read more
  • Common Ground Community Garden
    (Theme 5 – Food, Theme 8 – Health) Organization: Woodpark Community Association Timeline for Completion: Started June 2017 (3 year pilot project) Objective: Following many years of lobbying the Woodpark Community Association established a community garden in the neighbourhood. The Common Ground Community Garden broke ground in late June, in Lincoln Fields to the west of Edgeworth Ave. Read more
  • Freecycle, Full Circles and ReUseIt Groups in the Western Quebec Area
    (Theme 7 – Waste) Organization: Trash Nothing – free recycling made simple Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Objective: The idea is to promote the three R’s (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) by making it easy for people to give away their unwanted but reusable items to people who can use them. Groups in the Western Quebec Area include Aylmers Recycle, Chelsea, Pontiac, and Gatineau. Read more

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