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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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

People, plants and pride… growing together

People, plants and pride… growing together

(Theme 3 - Design, Theme 6 - Natural Capital, Theme10 - Sense of Place) Organization: Communities in Bloom - Enhancing Green Spaces in Communities Timeline for Completion: Founded 1995 Ongoing Annual Event Objective: Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involRead more
Keeping Kemptville Beautiful

Keeping Kemptville Beautiful

(Theme 6 - Natural Capital, Theme 8 - Health, Theme10 - Sense of Place) Organization: Kemptville Horticultural Society Timeline for Completion: Founded 1899 Ongoing Objective: Gardening in North Grenville More than 40,000 gardeners in Ontario are members of the 268 Horticultural Societies throughout the province. New ones are sprouting up every year and some societies, such as OttRead more
Nepean Horticultural Society - “Where Gardeners Grow”

Nepean Horticultural Society - “Where Gardeners Grow”

(Theme 6 - Natural Capital, Theme 8 - Health, Theme10 - Sense of Place) Organization: Nepean Horticultural Society (NHS) Timeline for Completion: Established 1957 Ongoing Objective: The Nepean Horticultural Society was established in 1957 in the City View area of what was then Nepean Township to encourage interest and improvement in horticulture. Members now come from all parts ofRead more
Keeping Manotick Beautiful

Keeping Manotick Beautiful

(Theme 6 - Natural Capital, Theme 8 - Health, Theme10 - Sense of Place) Organization: Manotick Horticultural Society Timeline for Completion: Since 1930 Ongoing Objective: The Manotick Horticultural Society was established in 1930 and is one of 21 societies that make up District 2 of the Ontario Hulticultural Society. We are a membership of over one hundred and sixty amateur and pRead more
Trailing Edge Community Garden - Come Grow with Us in Kanata North

Trailing Edge Community Garden - Come Grow with Us in Kanata North

(Theme 5 - Food, Theme 8 - Health, Theme10 - Sense of Place) Organization: Trailing Edge Community Garden Timeline for Completion: Ongoing - Seasonal Objective: The Trailing Edge Community Garden will play an important role in in building sustainable local food systems, providing access to fresh, healthy and nutritious food in Kanata North. Community Gardens yield more than just Read more

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terra20 is one of the excellent examples of sustainability in the City of Ottawa defined by the Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City Initiative (Theme: Waste Reduction). Visit and enjoy this site as a part of IWISE Conference. ow.ly/vKxI30aKqpc

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

The Social Sciences Building (LEED®) at uOttawa is one of the excellent examples of sustainability in the City of Ottawa defined by the Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City Initiative (Theme: Energy). Visit and enjoy this site as a part of IWISE Conference. ow.ly/vKxI30aKqpc

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