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

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  • Walkability workshop for the City of Ottawa – Cityview neighbourhood
    (Theme 1 – Transportation, Theme 8 – Health, Theme10 – Sense of Place) Organization: Walkable Ottawa and Ecology Ottawa Timeline for Completion: January 23 9:30am to 12:30 pm via Zoom Objective: A HOMEGROWN INITIATIVE TO TRANSITION OTTAWA’S MATURING NEIGHBOURHOODS INTO WALKABLE COMMUNITIES Build your walkable neighbourhood Join in our Community Workshops on January 23. To Read more
  • SMARTNet Sustainability Showcase – Virtual Edition
    (Theme 1 – Transportation, Theme 2 – Energy) Organization: SMARTNet Alliance Timeline for Completion: Jan 30, 2021 from 11 AM- 4:00 PM Objective: Did you hear about the Virtual SMARTNet Sustainability Showcase?? Join us on Saturday January 30th and enjoy workshops, talks, seminars, a live interactive exhibitor area all from the comfort of your own home!! Register now to hold your Read more
  • A Newcomers’ Guide to Sustainability in Canada – Newcomers’ Sustainability Workshops
    (Theme10 – Sense of Place) Organization: Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City (OBEC) Timeline for Completion: Series starting Jan 30, 2021 until the end of March, 2021 Objective: To start off 2021, Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City is launching a Newcomers’ Sustainability Series! If you are new to Canada, or know of someone new to Canada, please check it out! This will be an online series over the Read more
  • Experience Your #WinterCapital – Expanded Winter Trail Network
    (Theme 8 – Health, Theme 9 – Recreation) Organization: National Capital Commission (NCC) Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Seasonal Objective: Keep active this winter with an expanded trail network, interactive map and personal challenge! In Canada’s Capital, we don’t just endure winter — we embrace it! Blanketed with a fresh layer of snow, Ottawa–Gatineau’s vast network of parks and Read more